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Bold colour choices

We've recently completed this project at La Gare Apartments in Southwark. The homeowner wanted to transform their hallway and was daring enough to go for a bold colour - Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue No. 30. 

So often, people are scared of colour, especially in modern white-washed apartments, so we're really happy that this homeowner stayed brave and saw her creative vision through. We love the finished look and think it is the perfect backdrop for displaying artwork.

Be brave with your colour choices too, people! 

Hague Blue is a deep, dark blue with green undertones, inspired by Dutch coloured woodwork.  

Hague Blue is a deep, dark blue with green undertones, inspired by Dutch coloured woodwork.  

We used Modern Emulsion as a hallway is a high-traffic area. We prepared the walls with Farrow & Ball's dark tones primer which provided a good base and really helped to enhance the final colour.


Never one to follow the crowd, it took us a while to jump on the Tikkurila bandwagon.

Several of our trade twitter community have been raving about the wonders of this little-known paint brand for a while now. We read their tweets and examined their photos with interested scepticism. A few weeks ago, we decided to purchase a few litres and started testing.

So far, we’re fans.

Who is Tikkurila?
Tikkurila, a Finnish company, was established in 1862. It expanded into the manufacture of varnishes, paints and lacquers in industrial scale in 1919 and now has over 12 production facilities in nine countries, employs over 3000 people and turned over more than EUR570 million last year. Not bad for a company that began life as a small linseed oil press near Helsinki.

Relatively unknown in the UK, Tikkurila is the leading paint company in Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Baltic region. These, you may have realised, are countries where weather can be harsh, so the company has adapted its materials to sustain testing weather conditions. For us, this means high quality paint which is more durable and adaptable than some of our more well-recognised brands.

The Tikkurila range
Tikkurila offers a broad range of decorative paints for surface protection and decoration, both for consumers and the trade. Their product offering includes interior paints, lacquers, and effect products, exterior products for wood, masonry, and metal surfaces. 

We are currently offering the trade Helmi range for woodwork (primer/undercoat; satin; gloss) to our homeowners. We have achieved great results with the waterborne Helmi acrylic primer and Helmi 30 acrylic satin. For walls and ceilings, we use the Superwhite Cover matt emulsion or the Optiva Colour vinyl matt trade emulsion. 

Want to discuss if Tikkurila is right for your home decorating project? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Konig Colours: decorating trends for 2017

Vanessa Galloway, founder of Konig Colours paint range, shared her trend predictions at Focus/16 last month.

“Colour is more important than trend” she asserts. While grey will remain a popular choice, the new craze is pink. Not sugary-bright; but nude, soft, gentle, almost white.

It’s fresh with white and warming for north-facing rooms and ideal for cheering up gloomy spaces. With evening lighting it creates an entirely different atmosphere.

Pink with green should definitely be seen according to Vanessa. Think deep, Victorian Brunswick greens (or Konig’s own “Cecil Green”): a front-funner for overtaking grey, she predicts. Muddier greens are also becoming more popular, such as Konig’s “Oliver’s Army”.

Image from Lisannevandeklift.nl via http://www.themakerplace.co.uk/

Image from Lisannevandeklift.nl via http://www.themakerplace.co.uk/

Recently, interior design protocol has been to paint everything in a room, including the trim, in one colour, but Vanessa doesn’t shy away from picking out woodwork in white – and she sees this as a re-emerging trend. “It simply makes the colour stand-out and looks fresh”, she explains.

Vanessa’s paint range of 101 colours gives designers and homeowners plenty of options, but that can be extended further still by using washes or different application techniques. Illustrated below, it’s incredible what a simple wash can do to a colour with minimal effort and time. Try this to create more movement on the walls as opposed to just flat colour.

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