Interesting Painting Facts

Here are a few Interesting Painting facts Danbury Painting would like to share with you about paints, color and other various things


  • More than 1.57 billion gallons of paint are sold in the United States each year


  • Whats older than the United States? (lots of things we know) but the Color Wheel is one of them, It was developed by Sir Issac Newton in 1706


  • The oldest house paint was made of lime mixed with milk and some natural pigments.


  • long ago, House painters were expected to grind their own pigments on site with a mortar and pestle.


  • In history a red front door symbolized many things like a safe place for travelers to sleep for the night to having a fully paid mortgage.


  • Green is the most popular color there tends to be more shades of green than any other in paint colors because the human eye can distinguish more variations of green than any other color.


  • The Golden Gate Bridge has been painted the same color since it was completed in 1937. Official color name is International Orange.


  • The White House is white because of the original lime-based whitewash that was used to protect its porous stone surface.


  • Who invented the first paint roller? In 1940 Canadian Norman Breakey . He didn’t profit from it because he never patented it. During World War II, an inventor working for the Sherwin-Williams company also created a roller brush because the hogs’ hair used for paintbrushes was unavailable because of the war.


  • The first painters’ union was formed in London in 1502 called the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers.


  • Did you know? Interior painting was first done in what is now France by cave men who employed stencils in some of the work and even “spray-painted” by blowing paint through hollow bird bones.


  • Greek philosopher Plato discovered that mixing two different paint colors together  produced a third color.


  • Various paint colors can help the body heal itself. For example, red can often help depressed people regain vigor, while green has been shown to relieve stress.


  • In the Middle Ages, manuscripts were “illuminated” with paint made from ground semi-precious stones and egg yolks.


  • Purple color was associated with royalty because at one time only aristocrats could afford the expensive purple color pigment.


  • During Roman times, it took millions crushed mollusk shells to create one pound of purple pigment.


  • The Aztecs considered red color paint to be more valuable than gold.


  • It took Michelangelo only four years to paint the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the 1500’s, but it took 20 years to restore it in the late 1900’s.