front bedroom) to find a shade of bright, bright yellow to match a sample they found underneath the Wedgewood blue, which dated from the 1930s. According to the story in Elle Decor, this shade of yellow would have been on the cutting edge of technology and fashion in the early 19th century, so naturally Jefferson had to have it for Monticello. The great expense probably didn't help his mounting, debt, but it certainly makes a statement. I can't wait to see what other rooms they return to their bright, bold original hues.
P.S. the accompanying slideshow of other historic houses using bold colors is worth browsing if you visit Elle Decor's website.