What else is there to say? it’s international wallpaper week! which is “Celebrating all that is great and good in the world of wallpaper”. We at Paint & Paper thought it would be a good idea to share our favourite wallpapers which celebrates what is good about wallpapers.  What makes wallpapers so great? why not just buy a cheaper brand? you may ask yourself, and yes you are right to question that, it’s mainly down to the brand you are buying, generally they are better made and are made on a made to order basis, they are also designed by a lot of famous designers, which adds that premium feels to the products.

It has been a long time since walls have been in such close focus as they are now. We are filling our homes with colour. Walls are being papered and painted as never before, and even the furniture is colourful.
We are becoming more adventurous and more aware of our choices, and the material is becoming more important when we decorate our homes. Wallpaper is taking centre stage without taking over.
Three massive colour trends this autumn are dark velvet green, midnight blue and deep red. We see them in all the major stores around the country.

First of all, if you like any of the wallpapers shown here, you can order them through our website, live chat or instore! you can also order samples of each wallpaper too, just in case you want to try or see the wallpaper in person. all samples are available in an A4 sample. Please, check our returns policy! We can’t accept wallpapers back once ordered.

Anyway, enough of the shameless self plug..lets get into the wallpapers.

1.Osborne & little – Derwent (67.50 A Roll)

This is a wonderful wallpaper by Osborne & little, it features koi carp on a repeating pattern across the wallpaper, which is available in 5 designs. It features the koi carp swirling in a pool of water, a very fun and lovely design which can look good in bedrooms or in your living rooms. As you can see by the photo below, this room shot was featured in a kitchen.  This was named after the forest and River Derwent in west Cumbria, featuring a silver fishing on a blue background, if you click our link above you can see the rest of the wallpapers in this collection.

this wallpaper would be complemented nicely with Paint Libary’s flat emulsion, maybe with a teal or blue gum colour, or if you wanted a variation, possibly a marble/lead colour.

 

2. Osborne & Little Rain Forest (£180 A Roll)

I love this wallpaper, it has such a nice design to it, honestly is one of my favourite wallpapers (hence being on this list!) This is from the enchanted garden’s collection which is featuring nice entanglement of plants birds and colours to build up a sense of a rainforest, in another sense its A fantastical imagining of a climbing branch of broad veined leaves and colourful blooms populated with exotic birds, its featured in several colourways which can add compliment in a manner of ways. If you were looking for an exotic design in your interior, this would be perfect. Little Greene paint in a matt emulsion in an apple or olive oil might compliment this nicely. Although its up to you what you think may benefit this wallpaper.

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3. Cole & Son Miami (£350 A roll)

“Cole & Son Icons Miami, Paying homage to the epicentre of tropical, retro style, the exuberant Miami design featuring layers of terraced colonnades and lush tropical vegetation”

This wallpaper is a classic, personally. It’s been designed so perfectly and captures that retro(ness) from the 80s/90s. it’s a fantastic wallpaper which would look great in any interior rooms. it imagines itself being modern while at the same time remaining to be a classic design. Personally, it reminds me of the early 90s game level designs, almost paying homage to them in some ways.  Their Icons collection is their new collection which features some of the best selling and beautifully designed wallpapers by Cole & Son. This collection is featured in two beautiful designs. ones a retro classic design, while the other is a black white design. Which Gives a nice modern but again classic feel to it. Unfortunately as nice as this wallpaper is, it has got a premium price tag of £350! Although it’s always best to check our discount page to get discount codes to save money on your order.

4.) Rebel Walls Birch Metal (£33/m2)

Rebel walls honestly must be my favourite wallpaper company (no I’m not getting paid to say that!), they have so many modern sleek and creative designs which I really appreciate. Personally, I find a lot of wallpaper companies to aim at an older audience, which I can respect, but Rebel Walls seem to go for a very fashionable modern design which fits into a perfect student/young adult modernish room. It could be that I am just young so I appreciate them more. We also have a Rebel walls Mural in our shop that you may have noticed when you walk in.. Anyway rebel walls have a nice wallpaper called Birch Metal, which has a nice modern sleek design put into it. Combining the versatile look of birches with the scratchy feel of industrial metal – this mural will give your home an earthy atmosphere and yet a bit of a rough touch. Great for those who like to keep it natural but not too neat. would look great in a modern black and white studio or a bedroom. you could use this wallpaper as a wall mural. while using Farrow & Ball’s off-black or black blue on the walls. Or if you prefer to go all white (for that spacious feel) go for a cullana or an all white in an emulsion.

Product image for Wall mural Metal Birch

5.) Jane Churchill Cityscape (£85 Per Roll)

This is actually a very nice creative wallpaper. I’m quite fond of Jane Churchill’s designs, they make some very “cutesy” and creative wallpapers, which are loved by lots of our customers.  I choose cityscape to go into this collection because it’s new and has a nice creative sponge printed effect, it would look great in a children’s room or in a study of some form.  Jane Churchill Cityscape collection, featuring A stylised cityscape design with buildings in different shapes creating an all over pattern on a textured vinyl wallcovering. Jane Churchill has designed some great wallpapers, such as the alphabet, Winnie the Pooh and more. This appealing print is another key signature of this collection. The effect of the architectural detail is slightly softened and abstracted with texture and given a geometric effect with blocks of subtle colour. The look is created with layers of subtle metallic and matte inks and further enhanced by an emboss with a horizontal ridge. This innovative design is also available as a printed linen fabric. Vinyl on paper.

Finally, to summarise, I believe these are perfect examples of well-designed wallpapers and why wallpapers are still so great.

 


It’s that time of year again where we start to think about renovating and painting and encounter some much-needed weather. Throughout spring, you can work on that new shed you bought or a new fencing set you may have bought yourself too. you may be wondering, how exactly am I going to paint this? What paint do I use for this? How long do I leave it before applying another coat? well, fear no more as we have everything answered.

A paint we would recommend that you use for painting and renovating your sheds and fences would be Osmo, Osmo is a specialist product which helps to protect and renovate wooden furniture.

Osmo UK is owned by Steve Grimwood. Whilst working in Germany with Osmo UK’s parent manufacturer, Steve spotted the potential of the Osmo range and realised there was a niche in the UK market – Over 20 years and still going strong, Osmo is a strong protection of paints, which we would recommend to our customers. ( you can view the whole range of these here.)

Care for the exterior

Generally painting onto woodwork is effective because it’s an already hard and rigid surface which doesn’t require much attention, also it can be easily transported while layers are wet and still drying, A rigid surface is best for sanding and pouring techniques, generally if you painting onto a wood surface it absorbs the paint which means you get a nice desirable effect after its finished, generally wood is a lot more durable so will last much longer once protected too.

1. Cleaning

Start by covering the windows and put out the protective plastic on the ground next to the facade. Rinse the facade with water and then add the outdoor laundry, always follow the recommendation of the packaging. Let it work, rinse off with plenty of water. Do not have excessive pressure when using the airless spray as it may damage the wood. If there are algae and mould on the wood you should add a moose and mould agents, too. The agent does not need to be rinsed away but be sure to follow the package instructions.

2. Scrape and sand

Check the wood by knitting with a knife or screwdriver here and there, especially at the joints and end grain. Soft, moist wood must be replaced before you paint. Scrape off paint that is flaking and loose. If there are blisters and cracks, or if the colour is painted in thick layers, you should remove all colour. Using heat, scrape or paint remover.

3. Prime

Use basic oil on the joints and end grain, wipe off the excess oil after about 30 minutes. Prime then all surfaces, follow drying times and recommendations for the colour you selected. Cracks greater than two millimetres you cooking with målarfog after you primed.

4.  Paint

Apply plenty of colour, paint the top down. Make sure the colour covers everywhere, take extra care at junctions and end grain. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before applying the second layer, always follow the recommendations of the jar. Do not paint when it rains as the rain can make the surface dull and stained. Hopefully, this will help anyone who is struggling.

Many of you are probably also wondering why you shouldn’t just go out and purchase some cheap paint and use that on your fences instead. I mean understandingly premium paints are expensive, but you pay for the quality compared to say supermarkets own brand. (can be applied to anything really). that’s why if you are going to purchase premium paints you will most likely want to buy all the accessories too that go with it, purchasing an expensive paint brand also gives that extra quality which is missing from a lot of cheaper brands.

Beckers Paints.

Some of you may have noticed we have introduced Beckers back onto the site, which should be in the next coming months. Beckers is part of the tikkulria group, who own Alcro as well. So for lovers of Alcro Paints, you will not be disappointed with these qualities of paints. Swedish Paints generally have a much higher sheen level, and usually, require only a few coats to maximise its use, so will look great on exterior use as well as interior uses too.

Beckers Perfekt.

Beckers Perfekt is a paint  of great quality. It is ideal for protection for the facade. Becker Perfect acrylic paint is easy to apply and dries quickly. Perfekt is suitable for cladding, barge boards, window frames, etc. This is a new product of theirs, if you want to read more about this product please take a look here. If you want to enquire about ordering this paint please get in touch with us on live chat or through email or phone.

perfect acrylate

Thanks for taking your time and reading our blog page, we will hopefully be updating this page over the coming months. if you need any assistance please feel free to contact us by email or on live chat.


Tip!

Wash facade every two years to reduce the risk of algae and mold growth. Crop or moving bushes that are close to the facade as solar and wind access.

If the house is painted with linseed oil paint sludge or earlier, you should repaint with the same type of paint. Ask your paint dealer for help if you are unsure of what color the house is painted with before.


Painting or “upcycling” your old furntire is a new vibrant way to bring life back into your old furniture. Earthborn Eco-chic is a popular paint which is enviromentally friendly, which will make your funiture go from looking un-loved to a new stylish designer look, Choose from a range of colours to go with your furniture kits.

Eco Chic :

An exciting clay based paint with a deliciously creamy consistency, ideal for sprucing up furniture.

Our water-based Eco Chic Claypaint makes updating furniture a dream. Available in 72 scrumptious shades, it’s quick drying and can be used in a variety of creative ways. And because it’s VOC free and breathable, it cares for your furniture too. Finish with Earthborn Furniture Wax for stand out pieces.

Touch dry after approx 1 hour
Allow 6-12 hours between coats

Approx coverage 7.5 sqm
Actual coverage will depend upon absorbency of the surface and method of application.

(View more of the Earthborn Eco-Chic )

Eco Chic Kits contain everything you need for their upcycle project:
x2 750ml Tins of Eco Chic Claypaint
x1 Tin of clear Furniture Wax
A premium bristle brush
A handy ‘how-to’ guide

These kits make wonderful gifts for eco-conscious people too as the paints are VOC free, water based and totally odour free.

View our earthborn furniture painting kits –  Choose From the box displayed what colours you would like for the product.


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Earthborn and the older property.

Did you know that England has one of the oldest housing stocks in Europe with 21% of dwellings built before 1919? That means a lot of people will have the pleasure (and responsibility) of owning a piece of history. And according to Historic England it’s thought that around 500,000 UK buildings are listed.

Even if your property isn’t listed, it’s important to consider the long term impact of any alterations you make. From larger scale work to seemingly smaller choices, your choice of interior details and finishes can impact on your building.
Of all the enquiries we receive at Earthborn, advice on painting older properties, and in particular questions about breathability, are the most common. We think this is great news because it means more people are considering the implications of the work they carry out to older, period properties. Even a simple paint choice can make a difference to the fabric of the building.
Why should I treat my older property differently?
Most historic buildings were constructed from solid walls using porous materials. Typical are stone, brick, timber and plasters made from lime. Traditionally, breathable materials were used to allow the air to flow through and prevent condensation. It is the porous nature of these materials that is key to the construction.

 

Masters_Hs-0621However, many modern building materials work on the basis of blocking the elements rather than allowing air to pass through. Non-porous materials prevent this flow of air and ‘seal’ the walls. In modern houses this can be a good thing, but if these non-breathable materials are used on older properties without professional expertise, it can lead to future problems. The moisture in the air becomes trapped and is then forced out through the porous parts of the building, causing damp.

 

Likewise, if an older property is painted either inside or out with a plastic-based paint, rather than an appropriately breathable paint, it will prevent moisture from flowing through the walls. This can exacerbate damp problems. So if you have invested time and money in choosing the right building materials for your period home, it makes sense to carefully consider the type of paint used too.
What type of paint is best for a period property?
Before deciding which colour to go for, make sure you consider the breathability of the paint first and whether it is suitable for your project.

At Earthborn we have been fortunate to work with a number of heritage building specialists. These include architects, specifiers and building contractors on a variety of projects each with unique requirements. What they all have in common however, is the need for an appropriately breathable paint. This must work in harmony with the other materials and techniques used. If you’d like to learn more take a look at our Case Studies.

Our breathable Claypaint is ideal for interior surfaces. Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is perfect for exterior mineral-based walls. Both products have extremely high levels of breathability. Both are compatible with lime based plasters. In fact, both types of paint offer a viable, long-term alternative to lime wash because they are so breathable.