After our recent decorating project where we created a black feature wall in our front room, as much as I love the dark drama of it, it has been equally fun to do something quite different in our back room. The two spaces really couldn’t be further apart in looks. The latest paint we have tried is the most spring-like of shades. Called Haygarth, it is a premier paint available from home decor specialists, Graham & Brown.
This historic company is well known to many of us, primarily for their extensive wallpaper collections, but I have to say I was less aware of their other departments. As well as a comprehensive choice of wall art, plus home accessories such as cushions, clocks and photo frames, you can also buy quality paints. Some of the collections are in collaboration with others, e.g. Disney as well as interior designers Kelly Hoppen and Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen. Then there are two further Graham & Brown ranges, one called Platinum which features a palette of 30 heritage paint colours that have been inspired by their rich legacy in design. This paint particularly appeals to me as it is designed for everyday living, the formula being durable, hardwearing and washable, which is ideal for families. It can be applied to walls, ceilings, primed wood and radiators.
The other paint range is called ‘Colours that made Britain Great’ and as the name suggests, these are classic paint colours designed to add a timeless feel and inject colour and excitement into our homes. Of course, there are beautiful wallpapers that can partner up with all of these nostalgic and timeless shades for a co-ordinated finish.
Having discovered all these beautiful paints, the team at Graham & Brown were kind enough to send some shades over for me to try at home. In our light, bright back room which has an open-plan conservatory at one end of it, the soft green of ‘Haygarth’ from the Platinum collection is as fresh as a daisy. Imagine a soft, greeny-yellow sherbert shade, like a pastel-citrus, that changes in the varying light, sometimes looking more lime-ish, sometimes more lemony.
Last year, this room had been a slightly odd combination of colours as we had tried to be a bit ‘different’ but it didn’t work, so we painted the whole room white. It was nice for a while, but having three boys the walls didn’t stay pristine for very long and it was a bit boring after a while.
So Haygarth has made a nice change – still fresh and light, but with a gentle warmth which also forms a nice backdrop to our furniture. The paint also went on really well, we rollered it and did two coats. The finish is nice and matt.
What do you think? I’ve got some more great hues to share with you soon from the Platinum collection, so watch this space!