Historical color palettes can be curated in many different ways. They may be loosely inspired by certain time periods, architecture, or art pieces. Some paint brands take their historical collections more seriously and hire teams to extensively study paint samples, photos, and artifacts to bring the colors of the past back into the present.
Deciding on paint colors for a home project can be overwhelming, especially with the number of choices and shades that are available. Looking at historical colors is a great place to start because many colors have a story behind them. These palettes connect history with modern trends. Whether you are looking for a pop of color or something neutral, you will be sure to find something you love in a historical color collection.
Benjamin Moore Historical Colors
When looking at historic palettes, Benjamin Moore Historical Colors are usually the first to come to mind because their collection encompasses a broad variety of 191 hues and colors. Their historical paint collection is inspired by over 200 years of North American architecture and designs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Through a collaboration with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Benjamin Moore also created a Williamsburg Collection. This updated historic color palette revisited colors from the 18th century and found that many of the colors were more vibrant and saturated than originally thought.
Motor City Paint’s Detroit-Inspired Colors
At Motor City Paint, our selection of 75 exclusive historical colors are specifically inspired by Detroit’s history, including the city’s architecture, artifacts, and monuments. Just as a considerable amount of research went into Benjamin Moore historical colors, we spent 12 months exploring our city’s history to find the colors for our historic collection.
In January 2017, our research team was given access by the Detroit Historical Society to the city’s historical furniture and cars at their warehouse in Historic Fort Wayne. We also toured the Fisher Building, Belle Isle Aquarium, and other Detroit buildings for inspiration that could help us translate the historical colors around us into timeless interior and exterior paint colors.
Motor City Paint’s Detroit Collection aims to preserve the colors of our past while being inspired by them today. Earlier this year, we opened a color exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum in hopes to connect locals with our city’s history. Our exhibit showcased 25 new paint colors inspired by Detroit’s history. The exhibit also included a color-naming contest that would join the perspective of local Detroiters to our collection.
The variety of colors found in Motor City Paint’s historical collection is not the only thing that is inspired by Detroit. The way we manufacture our paint has also been driven by our state’s own varying weather patterns. When Brian Eisbrenner founded Motor City Paint in 2016, his family had already been in the paint business for over 100 years. Brian and his father, Tim, realized there was a huge need for paint that could withstand Michigan’s fluctuating climate, and they set out to find a better way to make paint. Thus, Motor City’s paints are designed and tested to be durable and long-lasting.