Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically
Victorian Exterior Decoration provides a foolproof system for choosing the colors that will best suit the particular style of any house.
Quite a good reference book for old house lovers (like me!)
By Rosemary Thornton "Niece of Murder Victim, Ad... - May 1, 2000
This book is over 110 pages and every page has at least one picture, and most have two or three.Beyond the good information re: color schemes, there is a lot of information in this book about the 101 details (fretwork, finials, porches, etc) of an old house. Unfortunately, there are precious few old drawings and the ones they do have are done in muted browns and beiges. Now, I know they didn't have color photos back in those days, but I do wish they'd included more color pictures (drawings) of these old houses.There are also some very interesting old paint ads - such as one that suggests the right house paint is *the* key to health and happiness. The book also contains plenty of written information and history, which is interesting reading. And the photos/drawings offer a nice blend of the ostentatious Queen Annes and by contrast, the simple and modest "Builder's Style" homes.I'm an old house purist trying to redo my simple old home as authentically... read more
Excellent detail, very helpful
By firstname.lastname@example.org - July 7, 1999
I really enjoyed all the details and information so that I can paint my own Victorian home. Good color combinations, great historical information. I do wish there had been a few more photos of correctly painted homes.
very good book
By D. Lima - October 7, 2005
I found this to be a very good book and very educational. I am painting my 19th century house using it as a guide. In the previous review someone wrote:
"Unfortunately, there are precious few old drawings and the ones they do have are done in muted browns and beiges. Now, I know they didn't have color photos back in those days, but I do wish they'd included more color pictures (drawings) of these old houses."
This person has obviously missed the point of the book. Did you read it? Those _are_ color drawings and those "muted browns and beiges" _were_ the colors used back then. People have a stereotype of 19th century colors as supposedly being bright and contrasty; this is due to the colorist movement in San Francisco back in the 70s, but is not appropriate when seeking 19th century accuracy. The crazy row-house colors of San Francisco are modern interpretations; whereas the Victorians preferred earth tones. The authors go at length to explain this with drawings... read more