Per­fect paints

Country Life Every Week - - Opinion -

9. 10. COUN­TRY LIFE, 11. 12.

Al­though dec­o­ra­tion is a mat­ter largely shaped by per­sonal taste, those decorating listed, his­toric or pe­riod houses may be ad­vised to con­sider colours or fin­ishes in keep­ing with the build­ing it­self. Both the Ge­or­gian Group and the Vic­to­rian So­ci­ety pub­lish use­ful leaflets con­cern­ing paint, wallpaper, tiles and mould­ings in older houses. His­toric Eng­land sug­gests that tra­di­tional paints, with white lead pig­ment or high sol­vent con­tent, may be ap­pro­pri­ate for decorating Grade I- or Grade Ii*listed houses.

In other in­stances, paint com­pa­nies them­selves of­fer guid­ance. Lit­tle Greene’s Pe­riod Paint Colours, de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with English Her­itage, re-cre­ate his­toric shades from the 18th cen­tury to the 1950s and Far­row & Ball’s range still in­cludes a num­ber of the colours the com­pany de­vel­oped along­side the Na­tional Trust in the early 1990s.

In its Au­then­tic Pe­riod Colours range, Craig & Rose iden­ti­fies the in­flu­ences on a given colour and the pe­riod in which it would have been most widely used, for ex­am­ple, Chapelle, in­spired by the roof of Le Cor­bus­ier’s Nôtre Dame Chapelle du Haut, a mid-grey char­ac­ter­is­tic of in­ter World War in­te­ri­ors, and the Art Deco-in­spired French Turquoise. By con­trast, Ed­ward Bul­mer’s Garter Blue re-cre­ates the blue verditer used on the stair­case at Oster­ley Park in 1787.

‘It ac­tu­ally trans­lates as ‘thigh of an aroused nymph’’

13. 15. 14.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.