The ‘Pure Greys’ - a deceptively simple sequence of twelve steps between white and black.
Papers and Paints are frequently asked to make up colours in between each of these shades - it is possible to make up 18 such mini-steps - making a total of 210 possibilities.
This sort of exercise can be undertaken with most of our colours.

The ‘Pure Greys’ - a deceptively simple sequence of twelve steps between white and black.

Papers and Paints are frequently asked to make up colours in between each of these shades - it is possible to make up 18 such mini-steps - making a total of 210 possibilities.

This sort of exercise can be undertaken with most of our colours.

The ‘Great Hall Colours’ are taken from the very sophisticated scheme applied by one of our leading interior decorators in the entrance hall of a major country house. Although by no means ‘authentic’ the decoration was of such subtlety that it worked marvellously. I was asked to measure the colours with a view to repainting in the same manner. Sadly this never happened. However Papers and Paints now sell the colours for others to use.
These RGB squares don’t even begin to do the colours justice, but such are the limitations of looking at colour on a monitor.

The ‘Great Hall Colours’ are taken from the very sophisticated scheme applied by one of our leading interior decorators in the entrance hall of a major country house. Although by no means ‘authentic’ the decoration was of such subtlety that it worked marvellously. I was asked to measure the colours with a view to repainting in the same manner. Sadly this never happened. However Papers and Paints now sell the colours for others to use.

These RGB squares don’t even begin to do the colours justice, but such are the limitations of looking at colour on a monitor.

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.

Colour plays a part in all aspects of life. A knowledge of those that were used to camouflage wartime buildings has proved immensely valuable on several of my projects.
Here is a post on the way that a range was developed and employed in the United Kingdom during 1939-1945. We occasionally get asked for these at Papers and Paints – admittedly one of the more esoteric areas of interest.

Colour plays a part in all aspects of life. A knowledge of those that were used to camouflage wartime buildings has proved immensely valuable on several of my projects.

Here is a post on the way that a range was developed and employed in the United Kingdom during 1939-1945. We occasionally get asked for these at Papers and Paints – admittedly one of the more esoteric areas of interest.

Albert Hall Mansions. The earliest block of mansion flats in London and the first to be designed in the new ‘Queen Anne’ or ‘Kensington Style’ style that was based on English and Dutch architecture of the early 18th century.  Designed by Richard Norman Shaw.
I was employed to establish the original colour of the railings.

Albert Hall Mansions. The earliest block of mansion flats in London and the first to be designed in the new ‘Queen Anne’ or ‘Kensington Style’ style that was based on English and Dutch architecture of the early 18th century.  Designed by Richard Norman Shaw.

I was employed to establish the original colour of the railings.

"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.

London 1945 - The area around St Paul’s showing the severity of the Blitz.
Even before the war had ended the Government had produced guidelines for the redecoration of the housing stock. In a concise and clearly laid-out pamphlet the types of paint available at the time were indicated as were the preparations required for a variety of surfaces.

London 1945 - The area around St Paul’s showing the severity of the Blitz.

Even before the war had ended the Government had produced guidelines for the redecoration of the housing stock. In a concise and clearly laid-out pamphlet the types of paint available at the time were indicated as were the preparations required for a variety of surfaces.

Sarsden House, Oxfordshire. A very comfortable country house in grounds designed by Humphry Repton.  I advised on paint and colour for a number of the rooms. The photograph was taken by the very talented James Kerr - http://www.jameskerr.co.uk/

Sarsden House, Oxfordshire. A very comfortable country house in grounds designed by Humphry Repton.  I advised on paint and colour for a number of the rooms. The photograph was taken by the very talented James Kerr - http://www.jameskerr.co.uk/

Sarsden House, Oxfordshire. A charming country house (with attached church and Repton landscape). Beautifully restored a few years ago.

Sarsden House, Oxfordshire. A charming country house (with attached church and Repton landscape). Beautifully restored a few years ago.

Colour measuring at St James’s, Clerkenwell to allow for the reproduction of the existing paint. We carry out many colour surveys in buildings old and new.

Colour measuring at St James’s, Clerkenwell to allow for the reproduction of the existing paint. We carry out many colour surveys in buildings old and new.

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