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Paint and Wall Coverings
Book Room, Cabinet, and Jefferson's Bedchamber
Evidence exists that Thomas Jefferson's private chambers — the Book Room, Annex, Cabinet, and Bedchamber — were originally wallpapered, but unfortunately the evidence is not sufficient for reproductions. The walls in these rooms have been painted a neutral color, called "Oyster White." This color was custom-mixed for Monticello.
The blue once used in the Dining Room was not an original color, nor did it date to Jefferson's ownership of Monticello. The room was originally just plaster, then had an application of a "chrome yellow" oil paint sometime after 1815, and was later papered in some yet unidentified pattern. We believe the blue was applied in the late 19th or early 20th century. In 2010, a recreated "chrome yellow" paint (based on paint analysis studies) was applied to the walls of this room.
North Octagonal Room
North Square Room
The North Square Room, which is not presently part of public tours of Monticello, was originally a chrome yellow, and was later wallpapered. Until recently the walls were unpainted plaster. In early 2008, the room was repainted its original chrome yellow color.