Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thomas Jefferson Loved Yellow Too

In the July/August issue of Elle Decor there was an article on the restoration of the dining room at Monticello.


Yep, even in 1815 bright canary yellow (or the actual color: chrome-yellow) was the hip happening color! The article states that the color was invented in France six years before it graced the walls at Monticello. Back then the yellow color was a sign of wealth because it cost more per pound to produce than standard white.


For years the room has been painted a lovely Wedgwood blue (since 1936) but after rigorous paint studies and a generous grant from non other than Polo Ralph Lauren, the color was restored to is original Thomas Jefferson era glory.

And the color cycle begins again!


Images: Elle Decor
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