A very popular question, that many of you ask us about, it’s always debated, if oil covers better or if water covers better or which lasts longer etc etc. Hopefully in this short post you can understand the effects and the damage oil-based formulas and paints do, not just to the environment, but to yourself and others around you and hopefully understand which coating is better to be used in your home.

Some brands have already converted to purely selling water-based finishes, farrow & Ball and Earthborn, are two examples that come to mind. Anyone can find a water-based finish to suit their needs without compromising on this commitment, whether it’s for walls, wood, priming or for floors, you can be completely covered.

This is all very well and good, of course, but what does it actually mean for the performance, environmental friendliness, and safety of your paint? In a nutshell, a move to water-based paint works for everyone – here’s why.

Water based paints sustain our world a little more longer

It’s safer for all

If you’re concerned about painting around babies or children, or have a respiratory condition that could be aggravated by using harsh formulas, water-based is the way to go. That’s because no solvents mean ultra-low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), one of the culprits behind the nasty, strong-smelling fumes released by traditional paints.

Farrow & Ball’s baby safe paint has also been independently tested and approved to meet Toy Safety Standards (BS EN 71 – 3:1995 – Safety of Toys), offering peace of mind whether it’s gracing walls, floors, cots, or even toys.

Volatile Organic Compounds

A volatile organic compound (or VOC) is an organic solvent in vapour form. VOCs are the vapours and gases that are released as the organic solvent evaporates into the air, which is the drying process of paint.

An organic solvent is made up of petrochemicals and plants, and expels vapours into the atmosphere as it evaporates. This vapour has a strong odour (that paint smell we all know!), is flammable and can have a harmful effect on the environment and human health. High exposure to these VOC’s can cause headaches, skin irritation and nausea for some people, which is why it is important to ensure there is good ventilation and air flow present when painting with an oil-based paint.

(sourced from inspirationpaint.com.au)

As water-based paints feature solvents that are primarily made up of water, they release much fewer VOCs into the air and are therefore considered better for the environment and people’s health.

It’s better for the world around us

There’s a lot that goes into making a product eco-friendly – any well-meaning homeowner who has been bombarded with buzzwords while in search of ‘eco paint’ can testify. Luckily, the environmental benefits of going water-based are clear cut. As well as ensuring that the levels of air polluting VOCs in paints are kept well below the mandated limits, working exclusively with a water base means that finishes are easy to rinse from brushes and rollers without the use of harsh solvents.

It applies quicker and lasts longer

Not everybody loves painting as much as we tend to do, but the undeniable fact is that water-based paints tend to dry a lot of quickly than their solvent-based equivalents – permitting you to recoat in as very little as 2 hours – this is surely bound to cheer up even the foremost reluctant DIYer!

This additionally provides us with a super chance to clear up one of the largest myths / white lies around water-based paint. Several believe that it isn’t as sturdy as oil-based paint, however, the additional flexibility and porousness created potential by a water base suggests that it will really perform far better within the future, particularly outdoors and in different areas of variable temperature.

ater-based paints dry more quickly than their solvent-based equivalents – allowing you to recoat in as little as two hours – is sure to cheer up even the most reluctant DIYer.

This also gives us an excellent opportunity to clear up one of the biggest myths around water-based paint. Many believe that it isn’t as durable as oil-based paint, but the extra flexibility and porosity made possible by a water base means it can actually perform much better in the long term, especially outdoors and in other areas of variable temperature.


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After a fair wait, earthborn have revealed 7 new exciting hues to their already fantastic collection of colours.

featuring an amazing palette that’s beautiful to live with, each shade has been designed for its timeless appeal, each colour correlates with the existing earthborn range, but also adds something new and different.

According to Earthborn the inspiration for these glorious new colours have come from several sources, such as nature to interior fairs, industry research and customer feedback.

A mix of modern neutrals and beautifully bold hues, these brand new paint shades are designed to inspire you to colour with confidence! They are:

Bobble Hat

Earthborn Bobble Hat is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. Majestic and cocooning

“With its roots firmly in nature, Bobble Hat is a rich, lagoon blue guaranteed to add vibrancy and sophistication to any space.”

HobGoblin

Earthborn Hobgoblin is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. Charming and rejuvenating.

“Hobgoblin is an easy-going green with a subtle hint of blue, which makes for a relaxed, positive shade.”

Hippo Hooray

Earthborn Hippo Hooray is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. A modern mid-grey.

“Hippo Hooray for this honest, well-balanced grey.”

Lady Bug

Earthborn Lady Bug is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. Deep and delicious.

“A richly toned burgundy, this dramatic, jewel of colour is highly versatile. Lady Bug is suited to all property styles, from contemporary kitchens to stately drawing rooms.”

Delilah

Earthborn Delilah is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. A nostalgic pink.

“Oh Delilah, what a beauty you are! This flattering, coral hue sits between orange and pink, and works fabulously in smaller spaces. Pair with grey and white for a crisp, contemporary feel.”

Tick-Tock

Earthborn Tick-Tock is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. Timeless and alluring.

“With its timeless appeal, Tick-Tock offers (in equal measure) warmth, freshness, light and shade. A neutral grey for all rooms.”

Flutterby

Earthborn Flutterby is a brand new eco paint colour for 2019. A modern cream.

“Nearly white but not quite, Flutterby is an elusive, enduring neutral.”

And there you have it, the seven new colours for Earth-born, for 2019. A brilliant set of colours which will add style and life to any room.

If you would like a colour card or sample pot to see the new colours, please take a look here for the sample pots and here for the colour card


12 new exciting colourways have been added to the already fantastic collection by Fired Earth. Take a look below and let us know which one is your favourite!

All new colours have been added to our site – take a look here if you would like to order.

We’ve added 12 new colours to our, already substantial Paint Collection, working really hard to make sure that we have delivered a true Fired Earth Palette for your home –

 

1.) Under the Wave

An opulent, decadent dark blue-black.

 

2.) Jeane

Our gorgeous muted grey-blue will suit any scheme creating a restful interior that will stand the test of time.

 

3.) Neve

Our purest, chalkiest white for a crisp, sharp contrast to our colour palette.

 

4.) Morchella

This relaxed mid-tone neutral will create a warm and intimate room.

 

5.) Celadon’s Robe

A dark, warm-grey neutral this colour is a versatile, very usable classic shade.

 

6.) Selva

A timeless, rich dark green.

 

7.) Masilla

A warm neutral with red undertones for a soft, feminine colour scheme.

 

8.)Araucana Shell

A soft and delicate shade offering a hint of lime to this sophisticated off-white.

 

9.)Prehnite

This lively green is simultaneously both relaxing and invigorating.

 

10.) Magenta Oaks

An exciting, indulgent colour which mixes vibrant pigments to create the deepest Magenta.

 

11.) Moon Grape

Distinctive and luxurious our darkest black-purple is both seductive and indulgent, perfect for creating dramatic effect.

 

12.) One October Morning

A vivid and romantic colour which is beautifully delicate and calming offering elegance and personality to any space.

 


In January 2019 Little Greene will be launching their 13th wallpaper collection, London Wallpapers V – a compendium of heritage designs to complement their existing wallpaper collections.

Wilton – Pad

 

Spanning 250 years of interior decoration (from 1690 to the mid 20th century), ‘London Wallpapers V’ is a compendium of authentic heritage designs, each one sensitively remodelled and expertly coloured for the 21st century home.

With one exception, the 11 designs in the collection are based on fragments stored in English Heritage’s wallpaper archive at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, which were removed and preserved during the conservation of 18th and 19th century London houses.

The exception is a first for Little Greene and English Heritage – the original design still hangs on the walls at Brodsworth Hall, an elegant and faithfully conserved Victorian country house in South Yorkshire.

The oldest source material for London Wallpapers V actually pre-dates wallpaper: a decorative piece of leather from 1690 that would have been displayed as a hanging mural rather than glued to a wall. Other remnants include hand-blocked damasks, delicate neoclassical fragments, hand-stencilled patterns and authentic designs from the Georgian and Arts & Crafts periods.
London Wallpapers V introduces four previously unseen designs and amalgamates seven popular patterns from London Wallpapers II and III, which have been updated with the addition of 15 fresh colourways.

 

NEW DESIGNS

 

Brodsworth – Empress

 

Brodsworth c.1863 – 3 colourways

A lively and engaging design featuring striking birds and delicate floral motifs. Slightly raised and incorporating rich gilding detail, the pattern was originally designed to be an imitation of stamped leather. Based on early-18th century French textiles and furnishings, encompassing panels, scrolls and cross hatching, this wallpaper was found at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire, an elegant, Victorian home belonging to the Thellusson family. Used in both the library and the morning room in reverse colourways, this paper was certainly a family favourite and can still be seen in situ today.

 

 

Brook Street – Etruscan

 

 

Brook Street c.1895 – 5 colourways

In entirely different eras, two neighbouring houses in Mayfair’s fashionable Brook Street were homes to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel and rock musician Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix spent some of his short-lived musical career in a flat at No. 23, the same property from which this pattern hails. The woven cane-like design is typical of the late 19th century: an all-over pattern, which sits on a lightly brushed ground and incorporates a soft texture within its motif.

 

 

Carlton House Terrace – Blue Plume

 

Carlton House Terrace c.1885 – 5 colourways

A flamboyant peacock feather design, found in the attics of 18 Carlton House Terrace, a beautiful stucco-faced London town house overlooking The Mall. Originally machine-printed in green on a yellow background, the contemporary surface-printed technique used to recreate it accurately reflects the original, whilst a judicious splash of colour in the feather provides something on which to anchor a contemporary scheme.

 

St James’s Park – Suede Fade

 

St James’s Park c.1940 – 4 colourways

This large damask pattern was found in Marlborough House, next to St James’s Park, a grand abode designed by Christopher Wren and home to the Duchess of Marlborough, friend and confidante of Queen Anne. Originally a dark blue flock on a pale blue ground, the paper is believed to be comparatively recent, though the origins of the general design are Victorian (as a
wallpaper) and older still (as a silk fabric). The twist in this interpretation is the light-to-dark ombré effect, which puts bolder colour at the base of the wall and lighter above, with the effect of making a space feel taller and lighter than it would with a conventional damask design. It is a panel design, with three panels making up one full repeat.

 

EXISTING DESIGNS

 

Bedford Square – Acorn

 

Bedford Square c.1900 – LWII 3 existing and 2 new colourways

One of the most impressive squares in London, Bedford Square was originally laid out in 1775–6 and, until World War II, the majority of its houses were inhabited by lawyers, architects, publishers and other professionals. The original of this paper was saved from a property in the square, and is of a design typical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. New colourways include an uplifting green option that incorporates Acorn, Acorn Mid and Puck. The fresh background combined with the dark green fine line of Puck gives the design a more contemporary look and feel. There is also a pink option with a China Clay background and
soft, feminine Hellebore and Blush highlights.

 

Lansdowne Walk – Nordic

 

Lansdowne Walk c.1910 – LWII 1 existing and 4 new colourways

An Arts & Crafts motif in the manner of Voysey, a leading light of the movement who was perhaps more famous as an architect than as a wallpaper designer. Although this colourful wallpaper was removed from a 19th century house in Kensington, its actual design dates it to the early 20th century.

 

 

Lauderdale – Stone

 

Lauderdale c.1820 – LWII 2 existing and 1 new colourway

This paper, a variation on a striped theme, dates from around 1820, although the original fragment was discovered in a 16th century property, Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill, overlooking Hampstead Heath. The design results from stencilling as opposed to block printing: a plain green paper would have been put up on a hessian scrim stretched over the wall and then stencilled in situ.

 

 

Lower George St – Carousel

 

Lower George St c.1810 – LWII 3 existing and 2 new colourways

An abstract paper, which, despite its contemporary appearance, probably dates from the early 1800s when such designs were hugely popular. The original colourway, featuring orangey stars on a pinky-yellow ground, was discovered on an upper floor of a commercial building that had been refaced in the early 19th century but was most probably a much older building.

 

Marlborough – Glacé

 

Marlborough c.1915 – LWII 4 existing and 2 new colourways

A large-scale pattern, reminiscent of an early-20th century interpretation of one of Robert Adam’s designs. This paper was discovered just after the death of Queen Mary, who lived in Marlborough House until 1953, after which the house became the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

 

New Bond Street – Hide

 

New Bond Street c.1690 – LWIII 4 existing colourways

Based on one of the oldest surviving documents in English Heritage’s wallpaper archive, this fragment from an embossed leather wall hanging actually predates wallpaper. Panels of embossed and painted leather, usually with a floral pattern, were popular though expensive modes of decoration in the late 16th and 17th centuries. These panels were sewn together to create large-scale decorative hangings, in much the same way that drops of wallpaper are hung side-by-side to create a more impressive statement.

 

 

Wilton – Pad

 

Wilton c.1760 – LWIII 3 existing and 4 new colourways
A classic damask design that is very typical of the popular large-scale pomegranate patterns of the mid 18th century, this would originally have been a flock wallpaper and hung in a grand English home. Flock papers were an English speciality, being in effect imitations of expensive textiles, which were nonetheless costly to produce. As a result, they came to represent a confident statement of luxury and social status.

Keep an eye out on our website, as it will be live in the coming weeks!


Todays the day, 20th of September, Farrow & Ball have officially announced 9 new colourways to their collection. Featuring calm light shades to deep adventures colours, a perfect set of new colours that will add new colour and life to your homes and projects.

From farrow and ball themselves “the creation of new colours is an incredibly exciting time at Farrow & Ball. It’s not something we do often, making it feel all the more special” and we couldn’t agree more! its always exciting to see what new colours are coming out, how each colour represents a story and seeing if we can use the colour in our everyday lives.

An extraordinary amount of time and thought goes into each new hue, from refining its exact shade to dreaming up the perfect name and telling the story behind the rich pigments, not only does it take a lot of time to decide which new colours to bring out, but also which ones to unfortunately archive, curating that perfect palette of colours.

Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

School House White no.291

A soft off-white

This is the lightest colour in the group including Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth – each created to look like white when used in deep shade. Pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of our more contemporary neutral groups, this soft off white is reminiscent of the colour used in old school houses.

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: School House White No.291 | Estate Emulsion

 

Walls: School House White No.291 | Estate Emulsion

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Woodwork: Wimborne White No.239 | Estate Eggshell

 

 

Treron no.292

A dark grey green.

This enduring colour is a dark green version of Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Gray and our Traditional Neutrals.

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Treron No.292 | Estate Eggshell

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Treron No.292 | Estate Emulsion

Our own in-house display of the colour Treron.

-Jitney no.293 

A relaxed brown based neutral.

This earthy colour sites somewhere between the more traditional Oxford stone and greyer Elephants Breath. Though muted, it is incredibly uplifting and reminds us of lazy days by the sea – hence sharing its name with the bus that whisks New Yorkers out of the hot city to similary coloured sandy beaches of The Hamptons.

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Jitney No.293 | Estate Emulsion
Ceiling: School House White No.291 | Full Gloss

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Jitney No.293 | Estate Emulsion
Woodwork: Green Smoke No.47 | Estate Eggshell

Our own in-house display of the colour Jitney no 293.

-Paean Black no.294

A chic red based black.

This Georgian inspired red based black creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes, while adding a distinguished look to traditional exteriors. The perfect accent for all our reds and completing our range of blacks, paen black conjurs up the shade of old leather hymnals and so is named after a song of praise. A lovely deep black colour that adds a touch of shade to any rooms.

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Paean Black No.294 | Estate Emulsion
Ceiling: School House White No.291 | Full Gloss

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Paean Black No.294 | Modern Emulsion
Floor: Wimborne White No.239 | Modern Eggshell
Bath: Paean Black No.294 | Modern Eggshell

Our in-house display of Paean Black no.294

 

-Sulking Room Pink No.295

A romantic and muted rose.

Not to be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth, its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. Sulking Room Pink is evocative of the colours so often used in boudoirs, a room named after the French ‘boulder’ – to sulk.

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Sulking Room Pink No.295 and School House White No.291 |
Estate Emulsion

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Sulking Room Pink No.295 | Estate Emulsion

Our In-house display of Sulking Room Pink no.295

 

-Rangwali no.296

An exotic and adventurous pink.

This colour is exotic, happy and vital. The most adventurous of our pinks, Rangwali is incredibly friendly and takes its name from the powder which is thrown so enthusiastically during the Holi festival of colours in India. Though bright, it has an absorbing depth of colour which is achieved by adding a small dose of black pigment.

 

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Rangwali No.296 | Estate Emulsion

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Rangwali No.296 | Estate Emulsion

Our in-house display of Rangwali no.296

-Preference Red no.297

A deep, rich red.

The deepest and richest of our reds, this baroque colour is named in honour of our original trade name, preference paints. It can be used with any of the red based neutrals but is particularly striking when seen in combination with Paean Black and Sulking Room Pink.

The preferred red of modern homes.

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Preference Red No.297 | Modern Emulsion

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Preference Red No.297 and Mouse’s Back No.40 | Estate Emulsion
Woodwork: Preference Red No.297 | Estate Eggshell

Our in-house display of Preference red no.297.

Farrow & Balls design tip: some strong shades such as preference red transform the most functional areas of our homes into talking points, perhaps within a doorway or on the steps and spindles of a staircase.

 

-Bancha No.298

A protective olive green.

This mid-century modern green is a darker version of the much-loved archive colour, Olive. Perfect for those who want to embrace stronger colour in the home, its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene – especially when combined with soft pinks and browns. Named after Japanese tea leaves, Bancha, like a cup of green tea, provides a feeling of security.

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Bancha No.298 | Modern Emulsion
Ceiling: School House White No.291 | Full Gloss

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: Bancha No.298 | Modern Emulsion
Ceiling: Bancha No.298 | Full Gloss

Our in-house display of the colour Bancha no.298

 

De Nimes no.299

A down to earth and grounding blue.

This quietly elegant blue feels wonderful down to earth, so could be used on anything from a kitchen island to the airy drawing room. The exact shade is rooted in a regency palette but is inspired by the cloth of everyday workwear made in the French city Nimes.

Like denim, its blue hue is ultimately fashionable and yet always feels grounded.

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: De Nimes No.299 | Estate Emulsion
Ceiling: School House White No.291 | Full Gloss

 

Farrow & Ball Atacama Wallpaper

Walls: De Nimes No.299 | Estate Eggshell
Woodwork: Wimborne White No.239 | Estate Eggshell

Our in house display, painted with de nimes no.299

 

And that rounds it off! The nine new colourways to the farrow and ball collection. Personally, to me, they are a great addition and add a depth to any project.

If I had to pick my favourite it would be Paean Black no.294.

Let me know what your favourite it or what you think to the new additions to the farrow and ball line in the comments below.

If you want to order a sample you can order them from here : https://bit.ly/2PVuaTh

and if you want a new colour card with the colours please take a look here: https://bit.ly/2xpw5Zs