George Washington had an eye for color. So much so that 200 years later, Mount Vernon for the first time has allowed a paint company, Duron Paints & Wallcoverings, to reproduce and interpret the colors the father of our country used in his home.
"I don't know that many people think of Washington in terms of style and design and color," says James C. Rees, executive director of Mount Vernon. "They think of him as a guy on a horse in a war. They often can't make that leap to the fact that he was incredibly interested in the style of things."
The Duron Estate of Colours collection of 120 interior hues includes 28 colors duplicated directly from the mansion's walls. The rest are inspired by the Federal/Colonial color palette and period artifacts. (The names of the paints are great, too.
Two of our favorites: Cobbled Path and Face Powder.)
The paints sell for $31.95 to $32.95 a gallon at selected Duron stores. Click on www.duron.com/mountvernon for locations and more information. A color card of the entire line sells for $5 at Duron or at the Mount Vernon Gift Shop (703-799-8691).
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