Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all having a smashing time with the festivities!
Busy busy here as I am juggling work deadlines, making some last minute Christmas presents, antiquing and sprucing up old furniture (more on that another time), baking, entertaining and parties. All good fun, though!
As I was gearing up for another hectic week, I came across The Little Greene Paint Company’s Flickr photostream and there were too many gorgeous images I couldn’t ignore. (I have been using Little Greene paints for years and only just found their images on Flickr!)
Many blog readers are probably aware of Farrow & Ball, which are lovely paints to use, but other boutique paint companies (Fired Earth, Albany, Zoffany, Designers Guild, Sanderson etc) are little known outside the interior design trade. Having used several paint brands over the years, I have developed a preference for Little Greene paints, although I do still use others depending on requirements.
This post is perhaps more for paint-thusiasts but for the others hopefully the swoonworthy images from Little Greene will keep you entertained!
Walls in Adventurer, a stunningly deep colour I recently specified for an ensuite
One of the most defining attributes of a heritage paint is the quality and complexity of pigment which gives the paint its depth of colour. These paints are therefore very interesting in that the undertones change in different lights and give real character to the colour.
Front door in lovely Celestial Blue
Note how the Celestial Blue paint colour looks in the images above and below.
Heritage paints are not just wonderful for decorating period houses, but also for creating timeless interiors in more modern spaces, like this gorgeous kitchen.
Having less water, more pigment and more binder than cheaper paints, these paints give excellent coverage and are a dream to use.
I am also loving the groovier colours in Little Greene’s paint charts –
and it’s great to see other designers who are also fans:
Broadway Cafe Bar in Nottingham, designed by Philip Watts Design
Having said all this, there will always be a place for the more economical brands. I once read somewhere that choosing paint is like choosing perfume or wine, it is entirely about personal preference (and budget). If you love the colour and get the right finish for the job, it’s all super! Even if you make a mistake with the colour, it’s hardly the end of the world, is it?