Exterior colors for 1960 houses

It’s always interesting to look at mid-century paint brochures to see the color combinations that were being promoted at the time. They tend to be so much more… adventurous… than we attempt today.  I recently acquired a 1960 brochure from Dupont promoting their paint lines, and it shows a number of palettes for both the interior and exterior. Today, a look at some of the exterior colors that they were spotlighting, in case spring has you thinking about a new coat of paint for your house. Tip: Click on the first thumbnail below — it will enlarge and launch the slide show.


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  1. Michelle says

    When my husband and I purchased our current MCM ranch home – built in 1972 – it was already pink and white. After we bought it I decided to repaint it as the pink was more like an “old rose” color and just wasn’t “quite” right. I went with a lighter and brighter shade of pink – more like the Patio Pink but brighter. The day I was painting my neighbor (Ms. Busybody) spied me and came over to exclaim that finally the neighborhood was going to get rid of the horrible pink house. Tongue in cheek I told her that actually one of the reasons we fell in love with the house was because it was pink and that actually I was repainting it “pink”! The look on her face was worth a small fortune.

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