When undertaking restoration, consideration might be given to reinstating historic colours and finishes that were found on the building in the past. Historic colours and finishes are part of a building’s fabric and employing them can provide additional authenticity to a restoration project. If not too badly damaged, it may even be possible to restore an original finish without removing it. This could be the case for wall murals (which are rare) or faux finishes. A professional would generally be required to undertake the restoration or repair of original finishes.
Even if you decide that earlier colours are not to your liking, understanding early decorative schemes can add to the story of your house. An investigation of paint finishes used on the Colonial Building in St. John’s provided a veritable history of decorative finishes from the early to late Victorian era, with new decorative schemes being employed every couple of decades.