Picture this: you’re sitting on America’s oldest operating streetcar, a national historical landmark. Deep green live oak trees line the street. Sunlight beams through their branches, creating intricate shadows on the streetcar tracks. And the houses. There is nothing more historic to Uptown New Orleans than the St. Charles Avenue mansions. A sea of elegant painted brick, sculpted columns, and cast iron fences, these expansive houses have become a tourist attraction of their own. The history of these famous homes spans centuries, and over time, they have developed a timeless, only in New Orleans look.
As color specialists and New Orleanians, there are colors that will always remind us of New Orleans. These gorgeous off-whites create that classic old world New Orleans look on St. Charles Avenue. Several of these homes date back to the 1800s, each with a unique story. Many of these homeowners preserve the 19th century New Orleans feel of their homes using crisp, classic colors that evoke that timeless elegance.
As color specialists, we often find ourselves looking for unique variations on the classics. A crisp, beautiful white dazzles in any space, but not all whites are created equal. We have talked about the top 5 Benjamin Moore whites in the past, and these shades are certainly popular for a reason; they’re beautiful and timeless. But when it comes to choosing the best color for your unique space, we want to ensure a perfect fit. When choosing a perfect white, undertone is critical. A warm undertone can make your space appear sunnier, while a cool undertone creates a more dusky, regal space. Here are a few of our favorite whites that break the status quo and deliver beautiful results.
Over the past recent years, the go-to whites have been and still are OC-17 White Dove, OC-130 Cloud White, and OC-20 Decorators White. Truly 3 of our favorites! BUT if you are looking to venture outside these 3 beautiful whites, the list below will be your guiding compass for your next painting project. Enjoy!
Unless you are a professional decorator or know exactly what you want, picking interior painting colors can certainly become overwhelming very quickly. Even for a painting contractor who is exposed to hundreds of different colors, choosing one is a bit of challenge.
Here are some tips on how to pick the right paint color for your interior painting project:
1. There are two factors to consider before thinking of an actual color. You should consider how you want to feel in the room and what message you want your room to give.
A. If you tend to shift towards warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows, keep in mind that they express fun, passion, happiness, playfulness, fire, and vibrant and lustful feelings and emotions.
In partnership with Traditional Home, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans worked side by side to host the 2016 Southern Style Showhouse Now. As some of you might know, Jason Bertoniere Painting Contractor participated in the interior painting restoration aspect of the project. Specifically, we were assigned to paint the living room, designed by Shaun Smith, of the Traditional Home Southern Style Showhouse back in May.
On a phone interview with Preservation in Print, Jason Bertoniere explains the role of painting in terms of restoration and historic preservation and the importance of combining “old painting methods” with modern techniques and trends.
The article, which was published in their September 2016 issue Keeping Old World Methods Alive, covers the changes in paint products and application techniques over the years. In terms of restoration specifically, Preservation in Print discusses how paint product, painting techniques, and skill level are key to maintaining historic homes’ original “glory”–looking the same as they did when they were first built.