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Make 2014 a year of timeless colour: beautiful paints from Belgium

New year: which means new must-have decorating colours for 2014 from those in the know: for Pantone, it’s a slightly stomach-turning shade of purple/pink they’ve named Radiant Orchid (for me, it’s not a shade that suits the cold light in northern hemisphere homes – though down in New Mexico, Marie from Breaking Bad would’ve been mad for it). For Dulux, 2014’s colour is a much more livable-with shade of Teal, whilst Farrow & Ball suggest a rather lovely deep blue balanced by shades of stone, warm grey and apple green.

If you’re in the mood for some more paint colours that will appeal for far longer than 2014, do take a look at the inspirational Emery & Cie shades, which are rich, timeless and striking:

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Based in Belgian, Emery & Cie produce their ultra-matt acrylic emulsion and gloss paints in these atmospheric, strong shades, all designed to make your walls sing. Take your pick from their handpainted paint charts:

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….which and come either as the pure colour (two above), or as a shade chart depicting each pure colour diluted with a specific quantity of white (two below):

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Beautiful: the perfect choice for classic paint colours. Visit Emery & Cie for more info and to discover the rest of their collection (exquisite wallpapers, tiles, ironmongery, furniture, lighting………all for the wish list!). Enjoy! Jx

Pale and interesting or bright and bold? New Earthborn paint shades for A/W 2013

If, like me, you love the versatility of paint, then don’t miss the new colours just launched by Earthborn for Autumn/Winter 2013. Keeping a keen eye on emerging colour trends, Earthborn’s palette of 60 shades includes deep warm reds and inky blues for those who love darker hues:

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

These warm shades (colour names include Fruit Salad and darker Ruby Ribbon) create a cosy, autumnal look, whilst the deep blue Button Tin, below is offset with soft lilacs, taupes and creams (try Damson Mousse and Lily Lily Rose).

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

Perfect for fans of sunny yellow: don’t miss this retro citrus shade, Daisy Chain, above.

Greys and gentle pinks are also having a moment right now: this colour story below is inspired by the Yorkshire Moors and includes colours such as Inglenook, Tuffet, and Cat’s Cradle:

Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

And there can never be enough pale blue paints: here styled up in a kitchen, these soft blues include Gingham and Dorothy, but the shades would work equally well in bedrooms and bathrooms: Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

[All images, Earthborn]

All Earthborn paints carry DEFRA’s EU Ecolabel, (awarded to high quality products meeting strict environmental and product standards) and the colours come in several finishes, including Ecopro emulsion; Claypaint which has a natural clay content and a soft mellow finish, and Eggshell, suitable for woodwork.  

See the full colour range here, and do let me know: which is your favourite?

Happy Friday! Jx

Archive Colours: new from Fired Earth

It’s Fired Earth’s 30th birthday and to celebrate they’ve launched Archive Colours, a new capsule paint chart inspired by their huge library of paint shades. Each Archive colour packs a visual punch: from deep blue to warm terracotta, these paint shades are perfect for making a design statement on your walls. FEPCPLATESRS1LR

They’ve given each shade an imaginative, quirky name: choose your favourite, from the wonderfully deep blue Jazz Cafe (background above and wall colour below) to the fashionable emerald green Mad King George:
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Darker, warm shades include Terracotta Warrior, a homage to the company’s name:

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Whilst this warm, corally pink (it looks more fuschia here than it does on the paint chart) is named after Eton Mess, the pudding made with meringues, cream and strawberries:

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Another warm shade is Delias Secret: this sandy yellow was named after their favourite spices such as turmeric, cumin and saffron.

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For lovers of paler hues, Hansel and Gretel, below, is a soft blush pink: with its gentle, soothing tones, it reminds me of English country cottages and faded, sprigged cotton curtains.

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[All images, Fired Earth

Which is your favourite? Let me know…

Bring your walls to life; Peacock blue

Super-bright, colour-rich paint shades for interior walls are coming back into fashion, and one shade that keeps popping up on rooms and paint charts is peacock blue.

A hard colour to define, this blue is darker and more blue than aqua, greener than cobalt, yet not as green as turquoise, and just to confuse matters, it may vary in blueness from one paint chart to the next.

Researching, I discovered rooms painted in peacock blue have eclectic, sometimes traditional yet charming atmospheres. The shade is often used as a backdrop to display disparate collections of paintings, books, rugs and general accumulations of stuff…

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[images from top: The Bible of British Taste, Architectural DigestThe Decorista, Houzz.com]

Mini Moderns launched their paint collection in Autumn 2012, and these contemporary product designers included their version of this vibrant blue as one of the key shades in their new paint range.

Named Lido (so named after open air swimming pools rather than peacocks) their shot shows it’s possible to use the blue in a modern, clutter-free way:

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Mini Moderns paint has impeccable green credentials: their matt emulsion is made from waste water-based paint which would otherwise have ended up in landfill or incineration: so with up to 90% recycled content, the paint is worthy of its full name, Environmentally Responsible Paint.

What do you think? Is this blue just too bright for you? Or do you welcome a return to bright shades as a way to easily, relatively cheaply, liven up our walls?

A vibrant red to warm your walls; and Happy Christmas

Red wall paint is hard to get right – I know, as I bought many a taster pot in my hunt for the right shade: the walls as I mentioned before ended up looking like this:

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as I struggled to find red and neutral that worked for both walls and bookshelves. The neutral is Little Greene‘s versatile Pearl (for more info see Neutral Paint) but the red proved problematic, working my way through Fired Earth, Designers Guild, Farrow & Ball reds till I settled on Susie Watson‘s Ramsbury Red emulsion, which is manufactured for Susie Watson by Scottish paint experts Craig & Rose.

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The two images above show the finished walls and a glimpse of bookshelves; whilst below is Susie’s own shot, looking suitably Christmassy….

 

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And on that note, with the last Christmas image for this year, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and here’s looking forward to a great 2013 (especially as the world didn’t end this morning as planned!)

Neutral paint

New bookshelves – due to be painted – made me think about a colour palette for the living space here. I knew what sort of colour would suit the room, but couldn’t put my finger on it – which lead to my wall looking like this:

… I ruled out white (too bright), cream (just not me), pale blue (too cold), pale stone shades (just never me, even when they were of-the-minute), sludgy stone shades (too sludgy)…. finally discovering Little Greene‘s wonderful Pearl colour.

It comes in various light / dark versions but the original Pearl is glorious: shining variously blue/green/grey (and yes, a little stone-ish in certain lights) it’s appropriately named.

Here’s Little Greene‘s shot using their Pearl shades from their Colour Scales collection. A little bit of history: my chosen shade, Pearl (G) (shown here on the kitchen door), is a historic shade from the Georgian era, authenticated by English Heritage.

(Main wall: Pearl Colour Dark 169 £35.50 for 2.5L Intelligent Matt Emulsion. Window seat and back door and kitchen unit: Pearl Colour (G) 100 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell. Table and bench: Pearl Colour Pale 167 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell). 

Little Greene 0845 880 5855 www.littlegreene.com