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OUR COLLECTION WITH

Benjamin Moore

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.

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"WILLIAMSBURG is a timeless palette that is both historic and distinctly modern."

Felicity Keane

Creative Director  |  Benjamin Moore

Authentic Origins

These 144 colors are based on extensive study of Colonial Williamsburg’s original structures, architectural and wallpaper fragments, as well as surviving historical documents.

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18TH-CENTURY WALLPAPER BORDER FOUND IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG'S ROBERT CARTER HOUSE 

INSPIRATION FOR PAINT COLORS CW-230 CARTER RED & CW-355
CARTER PLUM

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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.

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CENTURIES OF PAINT UNDER A MICROSCOPE

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Advanced Technology

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.

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FIND YOUR COLOR

FIND YOUR STORE

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the collection

to explore

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Hear about the research behind our historic paint legacy directly from our experts in conservation and preservation.