The Best Luxury Paint Brands

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The eight top luxury paint brands to have on your home-decorating radar

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Paint the town red, blue, or any other colour you’re partial to with our top eight luxury paint brands. Planning a spot of weekend DIY, full decor overhaul, or simply seeking out the best eco-friendly and sustainable paint brands? At C&TH we’ve rounded up the best paints and glosses to keep your walls looking beautiful, fresh and colourful all year round. 

1. Andrew Martin

Best for… Design buffs

Design-lovers will most likely recognise Andrew Martin for its show stopping wallpapers, vibrant fabrics and homewares. But did you know the brand has recently launched an all-new paint collection, too? In a rainbow array of Andrew Martin’s signature bold pigments and shades, this revolutionary new formula has some neat features. For one it’s touch dry in just 20 minutes, virtually odour-free, and 100% water based, and you also have the option to select exactly the perfect shade with the brand’s custom colour service. From £39.

2. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Best for… Painting furniture

Oxford-based Annie Sloan (who studied fine art for seven years, and has since published 26 books on paint, colour and interior design) pioneered Chalk Paint 25 years ago, and it’s still the stuff of legends. Eliminating the need for priming and sanding, this is the cheat’s shortcut to beautiful, energetic furniture and walls, and it can be used on outdoor furniture, too. Versatile enough to achieve a myriad of decorative effects, Chalk Paint’s colour palette is inspired by 18th and 20th century design, but colours are mixable to create your own variations. From £5.95 for 120ml.

3. Farrow & Ball

Best for… Heritage colour and quality

It’s no wonder Farrow & Ball have remained a firm British favourite (we’ve all spent far too much time at some point mentally picking out the F&B shades we’d use in our dream country manors…). Founded in Dorset in 1946 by John Farrow and Richard Ball, the brand now has a cornucopia of different shades to suit every requirement, and strives towards minimal or low VOC (volatile organic compounds), as well as having a more eco-friendly, water-based formula and using recyclable materials in its packaging. Its highly pigmented paints are renowned for their absorbing and light-enhancing qualities, and ideal for creating subtle vibrancy and character.

4. Fired Earth

Best for… Wow-factor colour

Whilst primarily known for their tiles, Oxford-based Fired Earth’s range of paints pack some punch, too. Bringing together 120 colours, across the range you can choose from neutrals, muddier dark hues and delicate pastels. Its colours are perfect if you lean towards deeper, more mellowed tones in your design schemes that still offer drama and impact. Plus, the range is formulated to have minimal impact on the environment with a water-based formula.

5. Graphenstone

Best for… Eco-friendly and sustainable credentials

Founded in 2009 by chemical engineer Antonio León Jiménez, Graphenstone’s ground-breaking formula uses lime with a 100% natural and environmentally-friendly production cycle. These incredibly flexible, versatile and sustainable paints now come in a huge range: from Ecosphere Premium (a natural mineral paint for interiors with a matt finish) to AmbientPro+ Premium, a genius photocatalytic paint which decomposes organic compounds and inorganic gases. Unlike some ecological formulas, Graphenstone paint is also durable and hardwearing, lending it the practical edge for eco-friendly decorating. There’s also brilliant array of palettes to choose from: whether you’re looking for calming neutrals or bold, statement shades, and its pots are made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic.

6. Little Greene

Best for… Sustainable heritage shades

1996-founded Little Greene has carved out a name for itself as an independent British paint manufacturer with some impressive socially and environmentally-responsible credentials. It was the first British paint manufacturer to receive the European environmental standard BS EN ISO 14001 in 2004, and along the way it’s partnered with the likes of the National Trust and English Heritage on a stunning range of heritage-friendly shades. Its recyclable tins are made with 50% recycled steel, and all paints and wallpapers are manufactured in the UK, and sourced from responsible suppliers committed to local industries. A staple of any eco-conscious home makeover.

7. Mylands

Best for… Royally-approved luxury

1884-founded Mylands is London’s oldest family-run paintmaker, so it’s no surprise they’ve learned a trick or two over six generations. In addition to holding a Royal Warrant, Mylands have earned a reputation as a favourite of the most discerning and luxury-loving designers and clientele. Blending tradition with innovation, on their books you’ll find a timeless selection of shades for both interior and exterior surfaces. Ageing beautifully in any home, if a lustrous and flawless finished effect is what you’re aiming to achieve, look no further.

8. Paint & Paper Library

Best for… Architects and designers choice

A favourite among designers, architects and in-the-know interiors lovers, Paint & Paper Library offer 180 head-turning, high-quality colours that layer beautifully against other textures and materials. Whether you’re looking for a soothing, wintery pale grey (try Marble III), the perfect shade of off-white or a velvety chocolate-mocha brown, theres a graduated range of tones available for each shade. Particularly loved by industry insiders is the Architectural Paint range: with colours numbered I, II, III, IV or V according to it’s tonal weight.


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