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De­sign ideas us­ing the lat­est her­itage paint shades

1 By­gone Blue

Through­out the ages, shades of blue have lent them­selves beau­ti­fully to rest­ful spa­ces – think liv­ing rooms, bed­rooms and reading rooms. In­spired by inks used in foun­tain pens, Squid Ink recre­ates this re­laxed am­bi­ence, blend­ing seam­lessly with wooden floor­boards and or­nate cor­nices. For a con­tem­po­rary feel, use the same shade for walls and wood­work.

2 Nat­u­ral sur­round­ings

For sub­tle el­e­gance that lends it­self to coun­try set­tings, choose colours that mir­ror those found in na­ture. Vic­to­ri­ans of­ten teamed mossy greens with big pat­terns on flocks and damasks, but ‘pair­ing them with wooden fur­ni­ture and metal­lic touches brings the look into the 21st cen­tury, and evokes the feeling of a tex­tured nat­u­ral landscape’, says Judy Smith, Colour Con­sul­tant at Crown.

3 Nos­tal­gic Neu­tral

Jon­quil shares its name with a paint shade from the 1800s and has yel­low-pink un­der­tones that set it apart from mod­ern-day neu­trals. ‘Th­ese un­der­tones come from red ochre, an earth pig­ment that’s been used in paints for thou­sands of years,’ says Ed­ward Bul­mer, ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian and Founder of Ed­ward Bul­mer Paint. ‘They bring warmth to stark stone ar­chi­tec­tural features such as fire­places.’

4 Vic­to­rian splen­dour

Aus­tere char­coal shades were seen as rest­ful in Vic­to­rian times, of­ten grac­ing the walls of bed­rooms and bath­rooms. Nowa­days they can have im­pact in other rooms, too. Sarah Fos­ter, Paint & Wall­pa­per Cat­e­gory Man­ager at Fired Earth, rec­om­mends Top Hat for mod­ern coun­try kitchens. ‘Clas­sic and sim­ple, it of­fers a strong back­drop to cur­rent trends such as wooden cab­i­netry and cop­per ac­cents.’

5 Warm Wel­come

Though con­sid­ered de­sir­able ar­chi­tec­tural features, high ceil­ings and large sash win­dows can leave big rooms, par­tic­u­larly in pe­riod prop­er­ties, feeling some­what cold and un­invit­ing. In such spa­ces, com­bin­ing warm hues, such as Koi Carp (in­spired by the jewel-like colours found among the silks of Zof­fany’s vast fab­ric ar­chive) with white wood­work is the per­fect way to main­tain bright­ness, while also cre­at­ing a cosy, lived-in feel.

6 con­tem­po­rary twist

Own­ers of stately homes in the early

19th cen­tury of­ten looked to gar­dens for in­te­ri­ors colour in­spi­ra­tion, from leafy greens to strong flo­ral shades like Radic­chio. ‘Bright and con­tem­po­rary, this mod­ern take on a her­itage hue can be paired with browns and greys to cre­ate a scheme more closely re­sem­bling those from the past,’ says Char­lotte Cosby, Head of Cre­ative at Far­row & Ball.

7 mel­low mood

‘This time­less shade cre­ates an en­dur­ing look that trans­lates from sea­son to sea­son, while also ref­er­enc­ing past trends,’ says Paula Taylor, Colour & Trends Spe­cial­ist for Graham & Brown. Com­bine In­fin­ity with or­nate soft fur­nish­ings, or tone it back with co-or­di­nat­ing ac­cent paints or ac­ces­sories – a Ge­or­gian dec­o­rat­ing tech­nique – to cre­ate a calm, con­tem­po­rary back­drop that will soothe the senses.

8 Royal en­trance

If you’re lucky enough to have a grand stair­case, paint the sur­round­ing walls in rich jewel tones to repli­cate the lux­u­ri­ous look of royal coun­try es­tates. ‘Re­gal pur­ples were his­tor­i­cally the pre­serve of the very rich, due to the high cost of vi­o­let pig­ments prior to the in­dus­trial age. This strong as­so­ci­a­tion with op­u­lence re­mains to­day,’ says He­len Moore, Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor at Ben­jamin Moore.

Walls, painted in Squid Ink, £46.50 for 2.5L pure flat emul­sion, Paint & Pa­per Li­brary.

Wall, painted in (main colour) Steam En­gine, £25.49 for 2.5L matt emul­sion, Crown. 2

Wall, painted in Jon­quil, £45 for 2.5L emul­sion, Ed­ward Bul­mer. 3

Wall, painted in Top Hat, £39.50 for 2.5L matt emul­sion, Fired Earth. 4

Walls and ceil­ing, painted in Koi Carp £45 for 2.5L flat emul­sion, Zof­fany.

Wall, painted in (main colour), In­fin­ity, £32 for 2.5L matt emul­sion, Graham & Brown. 7

Wall, painted in Radic­chio No.96, £43.50 for 2.5L es­tate emul­sion, Far­row & Ball. 6

Walls, painted in Shadow, £61 for 3.79L Re­gal Se­lect flat emul­sion, Ben­jamin Moore. 8

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