We have somehow already arrived at the ninth month of the year; the month that brings Autumn to British shores. September, with its blackberries, grey mornings, and reddening leaves, is full of inspiring imagery and rich colours, all enveloped in a mood that brings us back to nature in time to wrap up for the cold weather to come. The colours and textures we find … Continue reading Decorating for the four Seasons: reflecting the outdoors
The first example of British wallpaper was found at Christ’s College, Cambridge, printed on the back of documents dated 1509. The paper was in the fashionable Italian damask, mimicking materials such as embossed leather and plasterwork. The designs were block printed onto small sheets, with the overall pattern only becoming obvious when everything was brought together on the wall. Block-printing was done with a block … Continue reading A Bit on British Wallpaper
Last Saturday, we teamed up with Jennie of Tatanne Bazaar to host our very first shabby chic furniture painting class. It couldn’t have been any better. Jennie guided us through the process of turning a dull wooden object into something full of character, and each of our pieces had a wonderful new personality by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Take a look at the process in … Continue reading In Pictures: Celtic Sustainables & Tatanne Bazaar furniture painting class
Earthborn Silicate Primer is a base coat to paint on before using Earthborn Silicate Masonry Paint. It’s a good idea to use it on the surface of any wall that is very absorbent or loose and powdery to make sure the paint sticks and doesn’t either fall off or get drawn into the wall. You can colour the primer using a natural pigment to create … Continue reading Why do I need to use Earthborn Silicate Primer?
There’s nothing quite as simple and good at freshening up your home than touching up well-loved furniture with a splash of paint. Farrow & Ball has been busy putting brush to bucket with its Find it, Paint it, Love it campaign and has come up with some wonderful ideas for us to experiment with in our own homes. Take a look at the gallery below … Continue reading Find it, Paint it, Love it: Brighten your Home with Painted Furniture
We think pictures are worth a thousand words, and pictures combined with words are worth even more! Check out this limewash recipe the next time you’re mixing a batch of limewash to remind yourself of what you’ll need. Want more information? Read our guides to Painting with Limewash and Building with Lime. Continue reading Limewash Recipe Infographic
Limewash is a traditional paint which has been used for thousands of years. You can use it inside and out to finish the lime work on your home. Limewash can be used over your lime plaster or render, or on any brick or masonry pointed with lime mortar. It is a breathable paint so it lets water vapour out of the walls and it’s free … Continue reading Painting with Limewash Paint
Lime has been used to build houses for over 2000 years, but in the 20th century the use of lime slowed down as cement took over for building thinner, taller masonry walls more quickly. But more recently, lime has become popular again as we’ve considered our effects on the environment and the need for longer-lasting designs. Lime lasts a long time – Roman constructions such … Continue reading Why build with lime?
Before your little ones have even picked up their overalls, your top priority will be their safety. Children and decorating can mix perfectly to create some beautiful work and wonderful memories too, but it can be dangerous if it isn’t done safely. We’ll give you some top decorating safety tips throughout this guide to make the experience as carefree as can be! Use Safe Paints … Continue reading Decorating with Children
It’s easy to look at a paint chart and pick out all of the colours you really like, but imagining those colours in the room you’re planning on painting – and knowing what different colours will look like when they’re put together – can be a much harder thing to do. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to choosing paint colours, which you … Continue reading How to Choose Paint Colours