The country house of Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president and likely its most intelligent-as John F. Kennedy once told a group of dignitaries visiting the White House, theirs was the greatest gathering of minds since Jefferson dined alone-has long been an icon in the national imagination. Its gently swelling dome and its columned portico even appear on the U.S. nickel. But this summer, visitors arriving at the mountaintop house Jefferson designed for himself in 1769 near Charlottesville, Virginia are in for a shock: The beloved Wedgwood-blue dining room has been painted a rich, raucous shade known as chrome-yellow. – ELLE Decor
For those who are not familiar with Monticello, it is one of America’s historic, architectural icons designed by President Thomas Jefferson. Almost every architecture student (us art historians too) studied the structure’s neo-classic forms inspired by Italian architect, Andrea Palladio. Boasting a total of 43 rooms (in entire structure), Jefferson’s classic dining room has received an energizing face lift.
Polo Ralph Lauren has graciously donated their paint to aid in the restoration of the dining room. The color? A vibrant chrome yellow that has ironically been used in the Monticello dining room. “…We began to do paint studies and concluded this chrome-yellow shade was applied to the dining room around 1815, only six years after it was invented in France,” reports Monticello curator, Susan R. Stein. Click Here to view dining room in old blue paint.
So what does such a vibrant yellow evoke? Yellow is a warm color that helps to add pizazz to your space. It is also great in a room that does not get enough sunlight as its intensifying hues can heat up a space. Yellows are perfect for small spaces as it takes your eye off the cramped square footage. Other yellow traits include:
- Symbolizes optimism, creativity, and intellect
To learn more about the Monticello dining room restoration, read the ELLE Decor article “Monticello’s Bright Past.” Want to learn more yellow decorating tips? Read our article, “2010 Interior Design Trend Alert: Mix It Up with Lemon & Lime.”
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