The 1980s was a decade in which so much happened in the world of decoration. I remember bringing out the first range of Historical Colours to come on to the British paint market, which caused quite a ripple that is still with us. When not answering questions on 18th century drawing rooms we were giving advice on ‘ragging’, ‘dragging’ and the use of scumble glaze to clients.
However, towards the end of that time there was a small, but very determined, group of people asking for much brighter, almost Caribbean-inspired colours. We still produce them - none of our colours are discontinued. If you need a bit of cheering-up they may be just the ticket.
Papers and Paints are the people to come to for colour.
“I want a good French château shutter blue” was a request that we received many times before I thought of putting it to the test.
Visits to different parts of France; copious photographs; the odd surreptitious flake of paint taken in the interests of the ‘common good’ and the enlistment of friends to broaden the research gave me the answer. There isn’t just the one blue that French people paint the shutters of their Châteaux!
The result of this little exercise has given Papers and Paints a unique range of very subtle colours from different regions - notably La Vendée; Le pays de la Loire; Les Pyrénées-Atlantiques; Languedoc and Le Poitou.