Rich Historic Hues Amidst Island Neutrals

Rich Historic Hues Amidst Island Neutrals

We just returned from a long weekend on Nantucket and, although the weather wasn't picture perfect everyday, were delighted to discover this island's wonderfully refined sense of color. Isolated pops of historic hues invigorate this cobblestone world of weathered cedar shingles...

Cedar shingles are a tried-and-true choice for hard weather regions where salty winter storms threaten; and they only get better looking with age. Nearly every building on Nantucket fits inside the tight spectrum between the warm honey-tone of new cedar and the older, texture-rich blackened shingles — all creating a rich neutral to showcase pops of historic hues like barn red, French blue, and butter yellow.

We're curious to know if there are any material/paint color restrictions on the island — particularly in the historic "downtown" area — because we can't account for the insane level of color consistency any other way. Like a genre movie where the set director as perfectly orchestrated every hue, this island is a postcard from a different century when it comes to color. We're huge fans of historic New England paint colors so this weekend was a pure delight to our senses. More Nantucket inspiration to come!

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