Ever notice how shutters are often painted green? Well, you're not seeing things. Green shutters are everywhere, and they have a rich historical tradition associated with them that traces their existence to the death of Napoleon (that's right, Napoleon), and 18th century Europe.
|Historic homes like this one built in 1850 often |
used green paint on the shutters to repel pests.
|Napoleon's beloved, arsenic-laced wallpaper.|
|Green dresses were all of the rage in this |
image from La Mode in 1848.
And this is where the shutters come in! Knowing that green paints contained toxins homeowners, business owners, and farmers alike painted their shutters and other wood architectural elements green to repel and even kill insects, pests, and small animals that would cause damage to the wood. And as Scheele's green weathered, it darkened to a black color. Today, you will discover that green is the most popular color choice for shutters seconded only by the color black. Why? Because the color green started as a fad, killed Napoleon, became a pest repellent, and has now become an American architectural tradition.
|Haab's Restaurant in Ypsilanti, Michigan has been |
keeping their shutters green since 1934.