OUR COLLECTION WITH
The WILLIAMSBURG Paint Color Collection by Benjamin Moore is built with a passion for discovery, history and design. Colonial Williamsburg’s architectural historians and curators brought their knowledge of 18th-century color and design to Benjamin Moore scientists to create a palette of rich, historic hues.
"WILLIAMSBURG is a timeless palette that is both historic and distinctly modern."
Creative Director | Benjamin Moore
These 144 colors are based on extensive study of Colonial Williamsburg’s original structures, architectural and wallpaper fragments, as well as surviving historical documents.
18TH-CENTURY WALLPAPER BORDER FOUND IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG'S ROBERT CARTER HOUSE
INSPIRATION FOR PAINT COLORS CW-230 CARTER RED & CW-355 CARTER PLUM
Searching layer by
The palette is built upon
the most rigorous historical
analysis and the latest scientific methods – using analytical tools and techniques that were simply unavailable during prior studies.
CENTURIES OF PAINT UNDER A MICROSCOPE
Colonial Williamsburg was one of the first institutions in the United States to study historic paints, with early efforts occurring by the 1930s. The process has dramatically evolved over time, from scratching with razor blades through each layer to discover the paint chronology, to the modern day use of microscopy, material identification methods and color measurement equipment.
Hear about the research behind our historic paint legacy directly from our experts in conservation and preservation.