The History Of Painting Residential Interiors

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April 21, 2017

Before the creation of pre-mixed paints in the 1870s, painting the inside of a house was a tremendous hassle.

Curbed looked at the history of paint for residential spaces. In the 18th and 19th centuries, paints came in two forms (oil and distemper) and were mixed on-site. They had a short shelf-life, though, so paints were only produced when needed.

Applying paint was a difficult process. For distemper, painters would keep a wet edge, because painting over dry distemper would wash off. Painters needed to work quickly.

Today, modern paints can look historic. Paints in Benjamin Moore’s Century line have a soft matte texture that resembles fabric.

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