Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Very Best Of Emerald Paints And Emerald Interiors

Welcome to July's blog post, where we'll be looking in depth at decorating with Emerald Green: more specifically, what are the best ways to introduce Emerald to your home, and which are the best Emerald Green paints to use?

Emerald jewel necklace brass mayfair vintage style green

When Emerald Green was announced as Pantone's Colour Of The Year for 2013, there was a flurry of activity: on the runway, at the shows, in the catalogues, and then, gradually, gently, almost imperceptibly, the look softened from the somewhat gaudy to the downright delicious. 

Emerald lights

Our tip for introducing colour is to wait for trends to filter down in a more usable way, rather than letting your home become a slave to fashion.

Emerald interiors table setting

Though let us be frank, Emerald Green has never really gone out of fashion. It's not particularly taxing to see why: it's royal jewel-like tones are synonymous with luxury, yet its soft echoes of lush, verdant gardens give Emerald a crisp freshness that is hard to rival. 

Emerald interior

There are very few colours that can straddle this many looks so successfully. Emerald can turn its hand to the whole decorating spectrum, from country manor to beach shack, from grand castle to apartment chic.

emerald - interiors

Though it can look a little heavy if a room is decorated in its rich tones from top to bottom, so consider using Emerald in smaller touches: hints and accents to add a surprise pop of colour, adding something a little different, a dash of the unexpected.

Emerald interior

Think this...

Emerald dress

...not this...

Shattered Glass Emerald Leggings › Black Milk Clothing

Here, then, are ten ways to enjoy decorating with Emerald Green...

1. An Emerald Green Front Door
Make a smart entrance with the bold hues of Emerald. Warm and welcoming, smart and timeless.


Emerald front door

Emerald front door

2. Painted Furniture In Emerald Green
Emerald green takes kindly to being painted on furniture of all kinds, including kitchen units. Perfect for a retro, shabby chic or modern take - this is an incredibly adaptable colour.


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Emerald chairs pop out of the neutral colour scheme #emerald #chairs #pantone Blogged on // Kristen Ellis Design. Link http://kristenellisdesign.blogspot.com/

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors : Feature Friday: Simple Details - Credenza Makeover


3. Add Accessories In Emerald Green
A simple way to do this is by using sample pots to paint accessories, making a significant impact without a significant outlay.Consider vases, lamps, picture frames, etc...

Painted distressed mason jars ombre emerald sea glass green vase vintage centerpiece wedding decor ball kerr or rustic wedding Pantone on Etsy, $21.00

Keep time in retro style with this mint-colored wall clock. Get it here: www.bhg.com/shop/infinity-instruments-infinity-instruments-retro-round-metal-wall-clock-in-green-p5086fe5982a7534baad7dd5b.html

4 Stencils
By using stencils, it's easy to bring in flashes of green, try concentrating your efforts on one strip for maximum wow-factor.


5. Emerald Green Feature Walls 
If an accent wall is introduced, all eyes will be drawn to that space, making it a perfect method to highlight parts of your room that deserve to be shown off.

Dwell on Design 2013 Exclusive House Tour: Las Tunas. Photo by Tara Wujcik.

6. Emerald Green Floor Paint
For a playful, rustic edge, use floor paint to introduce a large expanse of colour.


7. Children's Rooms 
The bright hues of emerald green function as a bold primary for youngsters but one that will grow with them as they get older.


8. Patterns
Emerald green can take on the world when it comes to pattern. Bold stripes, chevrons, or even damask. Classic, playful or opulent. It's your choice.

emerald green chevron dresser

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9. Lighting
For those of us who are slightly less bold with colour, lighting is a fantastic way to take your first, tentative steps into, literally, brighter shades.

Interior Design by Dimore Studio

Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors

10. Shelving
Introduce a peek-a-boo element of surprise by painting the backs of your shelving. Watch as snatches of colour come out to play hide and seek with your accessories.


The great thing about Emerald is that, as with many greens, it goes with most colours: just look at any garden, any pastoral view and let your eyes take in the range of colours that nestle next to green. 

Love the emerald green velvet chair and billowing curtains amongst the lush greenery

Working well in the warmer months, with its springy freshness, and then metamorphosing into something warmer, snugger and cosier, Emerald Green has the magic to work with each and every season.

ombré emerald interior curtains

Our favourite emerald green paints, all available in Relics of Witney, include:

Sanderson Sherwood Green
Dulux Emerald Delight
Dulux Heritage Grass Green
Sanderson Evergreen
Dulux Weathershield Buckingham
Dulux Trade Village Maze


There are a myriad of different ways to add a bit of bold to your decor without having to redecorate entirely. Look around your home to see where might need a little freshening up, and focus your Emerald efforts there.

A Divine Dining Room. Charcoal and emerald. Interior Designer: Kay Douglass.

And, as always, if you need advice on picking out colours, or choosing contrasting shades then please don't hesitate to contact us at Relics of Witney. We're always glad to help.

Images via:
etsy, Goeyefordesign, wgsn hbl, decorpad, whomes, houzz, richimagedotme, blackmilk clothing, pinterest, designaddictmom, pinterest, Elle Decor, kristen ellis, 6th street design school,, country living, etsy, bhg, inspiration for home, design milk, house beautiful, house beautiful,, house beautiful, the urchin collective, trendland, birchandbird, martha stewart, ingerstedt,  Dominique Decoratrice, house beautiful, sara sarna

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Farrow and Ball Paint and Old Made Pop-Up Shop In Relics Of Witney

This month, Farrow and Ball are encouraging all of us to think more creatively about decorating and adding colour to our homes through their Find It, Paint It, Love It campaign. Farrow and Ball say that we tend to focus on the walls, often leaving the trim and furniture as an afterthought. 


When it comes to interiors, it pays to get creative with paint. By custom-painting furniture pieces, or introducing colour to your interior trim (such as skirting boards, banisters, door frames or dado rails) you can inject personality and interest to your decor.


At Relics of Witney, we've long been fans of helping our customers pick out paint colours to bring out the best in their homes. We think this means allowing homes to reflect their owners passions and personalities: what you truly love, not just having a magazine-beautiful space to tiptoe about in.


Two people who have this gift in spades of injecting personality into any space are Lee and Kate, owners of Old Made. 


We're very excited at Relics to be hosting them at what we believe is Witney's first ever pop-up shop. 


They sell an exquisitely curated collection of artsy, fifties-inspired pieces. Yet, let us be clear: this is no run-of-the-mill vintage shop.


Old Made has a unique take on interiors that is hugely influenced by Lee and Kate's combined background in graphic design and textiles, with a definite nod to Modern Rustic and light touch of Industrial style.


Think 'Last Tango In Paris' and eclectic apartment living, think jazz record covers by Reid Miles and Picasso's atelier, and you'll be half way there to understanding just what it is that makes Old Made so special.


Old Made love to work with local design/makers, such as these lovely cushions by Mabel and Bird who are based in chipping Norton.


Lee and Kate adore illustration, fabrics, maps and colour. They cite Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose and Blue Ground as some their favourite paints, as well as the monochrome hues of Lamp Black by Little Greene and White by Earthborn Claypaints.


So why did they choose Relics to launch Old Made? Quite simply because they love our vision too. We asked what their favourite Relics' buys are: 'We recommend Relics cup handles for adding a quirky twist to unloved pieces of furniture. The Bakelite light switches for a slightly retro take.  And it has to be Black Bison wax for perfect sprucing!'


Lee and Kate's blend of experience, as well as their obvious talent, combines to create a look that is different from anything we've seen before.


Find Old Made on Twitter and Pinterest, and, for one more week at Witney's first pop-up shop in Relics! Then, in the near future, they'll be over at Love Your Plane in Oxford.


We wish them all the very best.
Make sure you come and visit. 


{You can find Old Made in Relics of Witney until Saturday 28th June.}
  
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Monday, 2 June 2014

The Best Grey Paints

We're often asked our recommendations for the best grey paint colours. Our answer is always the same: where will you be using the paint? Is this a grey paint for use in a warm, sunny bedroom, or a cool, urban kitchen? Or do you want a grey front door? Or shed?

Grey sample pot
Grey sample pot

Grey paint, you see, is rarely simply a blend of black and white. In fact, any paint worth its salt will contain a gamut of subtle colour additions that make each grey absolutely unique; it's the complexity of these added hues that create the paint's undertones.

Grey living room
Grey living room

For paint advice that's absolutely suited to your needs, get in contact with the Relics team; we'd love to help you find that perfect grey paint. However, for the purposes of this post, we'll first recommend our current favourite grey front door paints, and then our favourite grey wall colours.

The Best Grey Front Door Paints

Farrow and Ball Railings is the colour to choose if you want a classic black door with a contemporary twist. Railings is a soft, dark grey with a hint of deepest blue in full sun.

Front door in Farrow and Ball Railings
Front door in Farrow and Ball Railings

Front door in Farrow and Ball Railings
Front door in Farrow and Ball Railings

Railings Farrow & Ball front door
Front door in Farrow and Ball Railings

Farrow and Ball Down Pipe is a mid-dark grey with a hint of teal in warmer light. As the images below show so effectively, Down Pipe is a colour that springs to life as a front door paint whether placed against brick, stone or painted exteriors.

Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe
Front door in Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

Farrow and Ball Plummet, which is a paler version of Down Pipe, and fast gaining more and more popularity, has a coolly sophisticated charm of its own:

Farrow and Ball painted house
Farrow and Ball Plummett painted house

Farrow and Ball Plummett conservatory
Farrow and Ball Plummett conservatory

Little Greene Scree is a true mid-grey. Bold and moody, it's a grey paint that looks great teamed with red brick houses:

Front Door Painted in Little Greene's 'Scree'
Front Door Painted in Little Greene's 'Scree'

Victorian front door in little greene scree
Front Door Painted in Little Greene's 'Scree'

Here's a good illustration of how Little Greene Scree sits on the grey paint spectrum. Eggs painted in Little Greene Loft White, Shallows, Inox, Pink Slip, Urbane Grey, Teal, Scree and Lamp Black.

Egg Painted in Loft White, Shallows, Inox, Pink Slip, Urbane Grey, Grey Teal, Scree and Lamp Black!!
Eggs painted in Little Greene Loft White, Shallows, Inox, Pink Slip, Urbane Grey, Teal, Scree and Lamp Black.

Dulux Weathershield products are outstanding in quality, and have some beautifully subtle grey shades. Dulux Goosewing is a soft putty grey with gentle green undertones.

House front exterior in Dulux Goosewing paint
House front exterior in Dulux Goosewing paint

The Best Grey Paints For Interiors

For those of you who want a grey paint that appears truly grey, choose Manor House Gray from Farrow and Ball

Farrow & Ball's Manor House Gray
Farrow & Ball's Manor House Gray

Paint color, Manor House gray by Farrow and Ball- # 265.
Farrow & Ball's Manor House Gray

Choose Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray for a grey that manages to appear quite warm, despite having a cool blue undertone.

painted in Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray.
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray. 

painted in Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray.
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray. 

For a gentler take on grey paint, try Farrow and Ball Cornforth White: neutral and soft, this is a grey that let's a rooms' bones speak for themselves. 

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White

Little Greene French Grey is an excellent choice for a grey painted kitchen that will stand the test of time. It's possible to juxtapose it with a whole host of other colours and French Grey will still look beautiful. Bold brights, soft neutrals, gleaming whites and darker greys all work with this classic stony grey.

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey

Little Greene French Grey
Little Greene French Grey
Little Green Paint Company 'French Grey' and 'Dark Lead'.
Little Greene French Grey and Dark Lead

Dulux Dusted Moss is an excellent choice of grey paint if you want a limited palette to run throughout your house for harmonious continuity. It comes in four shades from a dark green-grey to the palest off-white.

Dulux Dusted Moss
Dulux Dusted Moss

Dulux Dusted Moss
Dulux Dusted Moss

And, for those of you who love a bit of colour, next month we'll be looking at our favourite emerald hues...


Images via: Wilko, Housetohome, voysey and jones, Lifebylotte, kate bishop, klaus and heidi, pistonheads, emma turner, just fab design, Farrow and Ball paint, Little Greene, antony georgiou, Little Greene, Dulux, apartment therapy, tginteriors, nice kitchens, Claire Carlos, New kitchens, bryan turner, higham, Maple & Gray, harvey jones, her, Abigail Ahern

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