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It’s not just black and white

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Paint & Paper Library Monochrome

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Little Greene intelligent paint

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No, I’m not talking about the dreaded Brexit, which by the time you read this will have been put to bed once and for all / will still be in a state of total chaos / will have driven us all to emigrate for good (delete as appropriate). I’m referring to the new range of paints from Paint & Paper Library, entitled Monochrome.

If you thought black was just black, and white was just . . . well, white - think again. Monochrome is a collection of 6 nuanced pairs of black and white shades, tonally formulated to be used together in subtly harmonious relationships. This may sound a bit up its own bottom, but it’s actually really clever. Each white has been selected for both its versatility as an all-over shade, and its ability to sit beautifully with tonal but stronger colours. Each black is designed to be used with its partner, in lesser or greater proportion, to dramatically change the interplay of light and space in a room. And as if that’s not enough, each pair takes the hue of a particular Paint & Paper Library original colour, giving 6 options of varying undertone, including ochre, pink, grey, blue and green. Very useful !!!

While we’re on the subject of paint, Little Greene, of whom regular readers will know I’m a great advocate and supporter, have also been hard at work. Following the success of its current family of ‘Intelligent Paints’– a ground-breaking range of water-based finishes designed especially for busy people and lively homes – Little Greene have just introduced 3 new finishes: Intelligent Floor Paint, Intelligent Satinwood and Intelligent ASP.

Long-lasting, environmentally friendly and completely washable, the paints are available in all the fabulous array of Little Greene shades. Being water-based, Intelligent Paints are quick-drying and virtually odourless. They are also high in opacity, making them efficient, economical and easy to apply with minimal disruption. They are up to 15 times stronger than ordinary household paints and, being stain and mark resistant, are completely washable. Containing minimal VOCs (that’s volatile organic compounds to the uninitiated – the nasty chemical bit that’s partially responsible for that new paint smell), they are kind to the environment, pet-friendly and with child-safe certification. They are also completely safe to use in children’s rooms, even on cots, making them the smartest choice for all areas of the family home.

Intelligent Floor Paint is a revolutionary water-based paint, suitable for all floors and interior woodwork within the busy home. Easy to apply and, unlike oil-based alternatives, low odour and dry within four hours, Intelligent Floor Paint is durable and washable, with a sheen level of 30-40%. No more waiting overnight for the floor to dry, or complicated logistics/gymnastics whilst waiting for stairs to dry – life can continue virtually seamlessly with this Intelligent alternative!

Intelligent Satinwood is a water-based, satin-finish wood paint suitable for painting kitchen cabinets, wooden furniture (for example chairs, tables, wardrobes), wooden trims and walls. Suitable for use by decorators, DIYers and kitchen manufacturers, Intelligent Satinwood is extremely hard wearing and able to withstand the many knocks delivered to kitchen cabinets and wooden furniture! A dream to apply, this paint is also dry within four hours. It is washable and low odour, with a sheen level of 30-35%, making it a good option if you want a bit more of a sheen than the 15% offered by Intelligent Eggshell.

Intelligent ASP (no, it’s not a reference to a clever snake, it’s just short for All Surface Primer) is a water-based primer undercoat suitable for painting on all interior and exterior surfaces. Being 3 years in the development, it is the natural replacement for Intelligent Primer Undercoat & Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat. Ease of application on a diverse range of different surfaces and materials (I’m told it sticks to practically anything – including vinyl and tiles !!!), combined with a speedy four-hour drying time, make this robust primer the go-to preparation for decorators and DIYers. With a low sheen of 5-8%, it is available in a wide range of colours. And the really clever bit; you can then paint over it with either the Little Greene’s oil or water-based paints for a perfect finish.

As a Platinum Dealer, we at John Charles Interiors mix all the wonderful Little Greene and Paint & Paper Library paints in our Edgbaston showroom. Give us a call, and we’ll happily tell you why they’re sooooooo good.

John Biddell, John Charles Interiors

Live 24 7 magazine editorial - November 2019

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