LIVING-ROOM IN A GEORGIAN HOUSE IN NORFOLK
Ceiling, walls and paintwork are white.  The wall over the fireplace covered with Japanese grass-paper.  White tiled surround fireplace with grey and white tiled hearth.  Black slate mantel shelf, polished copper supports to shelf and surround to fire opening.  The bookshelf is in cedarwood and the radiator is white.  The settee has mahogany and bamboo end rails, bottle-green wool seat with white buttons, and light grey-green cushions for back.  Loose cushions in red, white, yellow, green.  Danish chairs in beechwood.
Noel Carrington. Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954.
Read something of paint colours in the 1950s here.

LIVING-ROOM IN A GEORGIAN HOUSE IN NORFOLK

Ceiling, walls and paintwork are white.  The wall over the fireplace covered with Japanese grass-paper.  White tiled surround fireplace with grey and white tiled hearth.  Black slate mantel shelf, polished copper supports to shelf and surround to fire opening.  The bookshelf is in cedarwood and the radiator is white.  The settee has mahogany and bamboo end rails, bottle-green wool seat with white buttons, and light grey-green cushions for back.  Loose cushions in red, white, yellow, green.  Danish chairs in beechwood.

Noel Carrington. Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954.

Read something of paint colours in the 1950s here.

Order: NEUROPTERA.- Little need here be said, except as to colour. In the Ephemeridae the sexes often differ slightly in their obscure tints; but it is not probable that the males are thus rendered attractive to the females. The Libellulidae, or dragon-flies, are ornamented with splendid green, blue, yellow, and vermilion metallic tints; and the sexes often differ.

Thus, as Prof. Westwood remarks, the males of some of the Agrionidae, “are of a rich blue with black wings, whilst the females are fine green with colourless wings.” But in Agrion ramburii these colours are exactly reversed in the two sexes. In the extensive N. American genus of Hetaerina, the males alone have a beautiful carmine spot at the base of each wing. In Anax junius the basal part of the abdomen in the male is a vivid ultramarine blue, and in the female grass-green.

In all the cases hitherto given the male is more strongly or brighter coloured than the female, and differs from the young of both sexes. But as with some few birds it is the female which is brighter coloured than the male, so with the rhesus monkey (Macacus rhesus), the female has a large surface of naked skin round the tail, of a brilliant carmine red, which, as I was assured by the keepers in the Zoological Gardens, periodically becomes even yet more vivid, and her face also is pale red.

Mr. Trimen has given me a description of a S. African moth (Gynanisa isis), allied to our emperor moth, in which a magnificent ocellus occupies nearly the whole surface of each hinder wing; it consists of a black centre, including a semi-transparent crescent-shaped mark, surrounded by successive, ochre-yellow, black, ochre-yellow, pink, white, pink, brown, and whitish zones.

Having made these preliminary remarks on the admiration felt by savages for various ornaments, and for deformities most unsightly in our eyes, let us see how far the men are attracted by the appearance of their women, and what are their ideas of beauty. I have heard it maintained that savages are quite indifferent about the beauty of their women, valuing them solely as slaves; it may therefore be well to observe that this conclusion does not at all agree with the care which the women take in ornamenting themselves, or with their vanity. Burchell gives an amusing account of a bush-woman who used as much grease, red ochre, and shining powder “as would have ruined any but a very rich husband.” She displayed also “much vanity and too evident a consciousness of her superiority

Charles Darwin.  Descent of Man.
Greens
Vegetation - Blenheim, Ugbrooke and Montacute

Greens

Vegetation - Blenheim, Ugbrooke and Montacute

“As a house, Barton Cottage, though small, was comfortable and compact; but as a cottage it was defective, for the building was regular, the roof was tiled, the window shutters were not painted green, nor were the walls covered with honeysuckles. A narrow passage led directly through the house into the garden behind. On each side of the entrance was a sitting room, about sixteen feet square; and beyond them were the offices and the stairs. Four bed-rooms and two garrets formed the rest of the house. It had not been built many years, and was in good repair.”
Jane Austen.  Sense and Sensibility.
BEDROOM IN A HOUSE IN NORFOLK
The ceiling and paintwork are white, the wallpaper off-white, rough textured with wood chippings.  A feature of this room is the brightly coloured cupboards on a low level, made of Perana pine, doors of green and yellow glass and of Swedish pine.  The curtains are white chintz with red pattern.  Floor covered with grey fitted carpet.  The rug is black-and-white Friesian calf skin.
Noel Carrington. Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954.

BEDROOM IN A HOUSE IN NORFOLK

The ceiling and paintwork are white, the wallpaper off-white, rough textured with wood chippings. A feature of this room is the brightly coloured cupboards on a low level, made of Perana pine, doors of green and yellow glass and of Swedish pine. The curtains are white chintz with red pattern. Floor covered with grey fitted carpet. The rug is black-and-white Friesian calf skin.

Noel Carrington. Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954.

“In the seventeenth century Newton related colours to the notes of the diatonic scale; red for C, orange for D, yellow for E, green for F, blue for G, indigo for A, violet for B.”
Faber Birren
“[Charles] Fere discovered that red increased muscular tonus (in the human body) from a normal 23 units to 42 - orange increased the units to 35, yellow to 30, green to 28 and blue to 24 - all above normal.”
Faber Birren
“In experiments with guinea pigs, the young of those irradiated with red light attained rapid growth…In 1902 L.C. Corbett supplemented daylight with artificial green, blue and red illumination in a greenhouse at night. He witnessed a markedly stimulating effect of red upon the growth of a lettuce.”
Faber Birren
"Mythical Colour" - measuring a weathered door in the quest for that elusive blue-grey-green - "You know the sort of colour…".
An account of this colour that everyone seems to want can be found here.

"Mythical Colour" - measuring a weathered door in the quest for that elusive blue-grey-green - "You know the sort of colour…".

An account of this colour that everyone seems to want can be found here.

Believe it or not, the blue was once green!
A curious effect seen with aged Brunswick green paint on external surfaces.
The phenomenon is explained here.

Believe it or not, the blue was once green!

A curious effect seen with aged Brunswick green paint on external surfaces.

The phenomenon is explained here.

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