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Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

I love a makeover project and one of the easiest ways to instantly freshen up a space is with a new lick of paint. It’s amazing how much cleaner and smarter a room can look with fresh paint. But where to start with what type of paint, or even what colour, to use? Every home is unique and we all have different conditions to work with, so I’ve teamed up with Earthborn paints to share with you five tips for choosing the right paint for your project. Earthborn paints is a small, independent, UK-based brand that specialises in environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional paints. Their paints are free from acrylics, oils and vinyls, making them a much nicer product to work with because you don’t get the strong chemical smells. Says Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager of Earthborn paints: ‘Here at Earthborn, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. We do not believe you should have to sacrifice quality or style to protect your health or the environment. Our hero paint is made with clay, which gives it its name Claypaint – it has a unique ultra matt finish that softens and …

Farrow & Ball new wallpapers

Farrow & Ball new wallpapers + factory tour

We all know and love Farrow & Ball’s paint, but did you know they also do beautiful handcrafted wallpaper too? They’ve been creating their signature paint colours in Dorset since 1946, but it was only in the 1990s that they started to introduce wallpaper. Using traditional trough and block printing methods, and of course their own paint, they’ve built up a portfolio of charming designs, from contemporary stripes and bold botanical shapes to pretty florals and more traditional paisley patterns. This week I was very lucky to get invited down to the international launch of 3 new designs at their headquarters in Dorset with the Amara blog awards. In celebration of Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, they’ve been reflecting back on their early origins and have taken inspiration from the 1940s for the new collection. Each design – the retro scallops of ‘Arcade’, the quaint countryside scenes of ‘Gable’ and the dazzling geometrics of ‘Enigma – embrace the paradoxical feel of the post-war period, says Farrow & Ball, when people were simultaneously ‘looking forward while …

Farrow & Ball new colours 2016

#MyFavouriteNewColour: Farrow & Ball 2016

You may have already heard that Farrow & Ball has released nine handsome new paint colours, coinciding with the paint and wallpaper brand’s Seventieth year. Expanding its ubiquitous palette to 132 paint colours, these nine beauties range from soft, delicate neutrals and muted greys to clean, fresh brights and dark, moody tones. There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Farrow & Ball’s timeless, lighter heritage shades, or someone who likes a splash of bright intensity. There’s even a new shade of grey, proving you can never have too much of a good thing! Made in its factory in Dorset, Farrow & Ball paints rely on age-old production techniques, original recipes and high levels of rich pigments. Each new hue has been in development for the past three years, carefully crafted to reflect the classic Farrow & Ball aesthetic, and of course, intriguingly named with its own back story. There’s Peignoir, a romantic grey-pink inspired by the elegant chiffon gowns ladies once wore in their boudoirs – perfect for grown-up not girly-pink bedrooms – or Cromarty, a light grey inspired …

The new grey: green appeal

The new grey: green appeal

*disclosure: Shock horror there are NO white walls in this post! Just bear with me a moment… Although I will always love my favourite colour grey, I have a little feeling that we’re going to be seeing a lot more green this year. Not only is everyone mad about lush, leafy plants and flowers in the home, but green walls and furniture are fresh, bright and uplifting too. From dark, verdant hues to soft, pastel shades, a touch of green doesn’t need to be daunting and can work with the calmest of interiors. It might be a light feature wall in a kitchen, a cosy velvet sofa in the living room or faded French linen in the bedroom. It looks great as a backdrop to plants and cactuses or you could be a bit more adventurous and create some paint effects on the wall, perhaps a half wall of the colour if you’re a bit hesitant to paint the whole room. Usually I’m not one for colour, I like soft muted shades that create a relaxed ambience, …

Screen printing with Farrow & Ball and Print Club London

Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Print Club London to create a series of limited edition silk screen prints for their Christmas windows. Three of the east London-based Print Club artists have created scenes inspired by the festive season using Farrow & Ball paints, from the perky birds by Chris Andrews above to a hand-drawn scene of St Paul’s by Clare Halifax and swimming carps in a misty pool of water by Lucille Clerc (scroll down to see more). Last week I was invited to a screen printing workshop along with other bloggers at Print Club London, just off Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, to meet the artists and have a go ourselves. I had previously done some screen printing with Thornback & Peel at SMUG’s workshop in Angel (see post here) so I was pretty confident with what to do. The hard bit had already been done for us: coming up with the design, prepping and washing the screens. We just got to do ‘the muscle work’, swiping the squeegee at a 45 degree angle with a steady …