“Making paint is no more difficult than making bread. It’s made of three basic ingredients. If you want your paint for outside use, you put more resin in it: if you want it interior use, very often people want it to appear “flatter” so you take resin out and put more chalk into it. It’s quite a simple thing to do.”
Mylands, a venerable English paint manufacturer established in 1884, is deserving of your attention if you are planning any redecoration or floor sanding.
“Today, we’re still in Lambeth, the last remaining paint manufacturer in London, and John’s great-grandson Dominic Myland carries on the family tradition of perfection in paint.
We’re preserving the time-honoured, traditional approach to making the finest quality paints and finishes, while making the most of the latest technical advances in paint development. By blending the old with the new, we’re creating time-honoured shades and finishes with all of the benefits of modern performance and technology.”
Mylands have just released their new spring collection, which can be found here.
A brief nod on a Friday afternoon to a firm of craftsman whose work we have respected for several years.
Miles & Wilde, founded and run by Leigh Miles and Jason Wilde, specialise in the manufacture and supply of fibrous plasterwork such as cornices, ceiling roses, corbels and panel mouldings.
We recently recommended Miles & Wild to clients in Belsize Park; by the time we arrived at the project, new cornices had already been installed by M&W in the living room and main bedroom. We used an XVLP sprayer to paint the cornice; we’ll post the photos of the work in the next couple of weeks.
We have been active users of Houzz since early 2016, and intend to expand our presence on the site during 2017.
Houzzis a trove of diverse information and inspiration related to domestic renovation and decoration – at the latest count there were almost 13m photos on the UK site, all rigorously categorised according to the rooms and styles they represent.
Even if your plans in 2017 are modest, a visit to Houzz will almost certainly repay you with some handy guidance and ideas.
2016 was the year when David further refined his Kodrin Spachtel process for giving the “10 Downing Street” finish to a front door.
Kodrin Spachtel (made by the Dutch firm Sikkens) is a dense, oil-based surfacer which lends a flawless smoothness and shine to any timber it is applied to – abrasives as fine as 1,000-grit round things off.
The Edwardian front door below was prepared by David in summer 2016 – the two, polished coats of Kodrin Spachtel were followed by Sikkens XD gloss, tinted by Holman Paints to Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball.
Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones that prevent it from feeling too hard. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal! Fabulous as a background to art, and extremely effective for use in halls to create a dramatic entrance to a home.
We’re following up on our introductory post about the basics of decorating, and using colour — this week, we turn to some of the ever-thoughtful guidance in Farrow & Ball’s handsomely produced “Inspiration” A5 booklet.
ONE COLOUR USED ON WALLS AND WOODWORK
There is great historic precedent for using one colour on both walls and woodwork and it is also popular in contemporary settings as it creates a strong, clean look.
It generates a sense of calm in a room, as well as exaggerating its size, as there are no contrasts to draw the eye.
And, as this image shows, there is indeed a calming balance to this approach — definitely an idea to consider if you have panelling of any sort in your home.