True Colors for an Interior Designer's 1930s House
A pro channels the past of her 1930s house—and comes up with its meant-to-be paint scheme
A Bright Color Palette for Historical Accuracy
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After rejecting trendy whites and grays as "just not right," Kristie Barnett chose a more historically correct palette for her family's 1939 house, in Nashville. "To be honest," she says of one shade in particular, "it is a little '30s hospital green."
It takes courage to talk about your favorite color that way—and the kind of confidence that comes from knowing what you're doing. Most people, after all, would rather whitewash every room than risk painting a living space anything remotely medicinal.
Shown: A palette inspired by the fieldstone facade reinforces the cottage style of the house and its new portico.
Paint: Sherwin-Williams's Cocoon (columns and clapboards); Benjamin Moore's Bittersweet Chocolate (trim) and Cottage Red (door)
Siding: LP Building Products