Red, White and Yellow

In the spirit of the holiday make sure to read about the process for updating the paint color in Thomas Jefferson's dining room at Monticello in this month's Elle Decor. The change from Wedgwood-blue to chrome-yellow is startling. Equally enlightening is the magazine's revamped site which has loads of original content. Accompanying this piece is Mitch Owen's round up of striking paint colors in historic homes across the country. Doubly helpful are the suggestions of modern day colors straight from the can that are a close match.

Image via by Pieter Estersohn.