American history has always been defined by color. From classical elegance to modern optimism, discover the hues of your favorite eras through seven historical color palettes curated from the Sherwin-Williams archives.
The Classics (1800s–1860s)
Dominated by soft neutrals and gentle grays, this era’s collection includes colors from the earliest days of a young American republic. To bring these historic house colors to your next painting project, order free color chips.
Marked by opulence and ornate detail, this era’s palette features rich, saturated colors that celebrate the verve and vigor of a life well lived. Love the lavish look of these timeless wall colors? Order free color chips to see them in your home.
Colonial Revival (1870s–1900s)
Mixing paler colors with lush ones, this era reflects a return to design inspired by ancient Greece, as well as a renewed interest in America’s own past. To see these colonial paint colors in person, order free color chips. Or, if you’re looking for historic Cape Cod house colors, browse our regional paint palettes.
Arts & Crafts (1880s–1910s)
Celebrating honest craftsmanship, simplicity and nature, this era featured the natural hues of building materials and the blues and greens of handmade ceramics. To bring these historic craftsman house colors to your home, order free color chips.
The Jazz Age (1920s)
Experience this lively era with its subtle pastels and classic neutrals that served as the background for striking accents of bold, saturated colors. Ready to jazz up your space with these historic hues? Order free color chips.
The Streamlined Years (1930s–1950s)
This palette’s warm and creamy hues offer simple sophistication reflective on an era known for its simple, streamlined design. Not sure which of these hues will work best in your home? Order free color chips and we’ll mail all five to your door.
Suburban Modern (1950s)
Are you a fan of the midcentury era? This palette features clear, bright, cheerful colors reminiscent of America’s post-war optimism. To bring inspired, MCM style to your next painting project, order free color chips.
Looking for more inspiration and guidance on bringing our Historic Paint Color palettes to life in your home?
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