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The top 12 luxury paint brands to update tired walls

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We’ve all been sat inside staring at the walls a lot more recently – if you’ve happened to notice they’re a bit scuffed, you’re not alone. The good news is that while we wait for the weather to warm up and more freedom from lockdown, it’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and freshen up your walls or add a touch of colour. Here are ten of the most luxury, durable, eco-friendly and sustainable paint brands to get you started.

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Little Greene paint tin, white peony, green books

Little Greene

Best for… Sustainable heritage shades

1996-founded Little Greene has some impressive eco-friendly credentials. It was the first British paint manufacturer to receive the European environmental standard BS EN ISO 14001 in 2004, its recyclable tins are made with 50% recycled steel, and all its paints are manufactured in the UK, and sourced from responsible suppliers committed to local industries. It has also partnered with the likes of the National Trust and English Heritage on a stunning range of heritage-friendly shades. A staple of any eco-conscious home makeover. littlegreene.com

Farrow & Ball maroon paint tin

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 has a shade 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, ideal for creating subtle vibrancy and character. farrow-ball.com

Lick neutral paint tin

Lick

Best for… Eco-friendly neutrals

Lick paint’s ultra-chic packaging is enough to ignite the interiors influencer in all of us – but it can back up good looks with a water based low VOC formula, and some impressive sustainable initiatives. A partner of the 4ocean project, as of February 2021, purchases from Lick contributed to removing 6,900kg of plastic from the ocean and planting 2,322 trees. We also love its broad range of cosy, bang-on-trend neutrals. lickhome.com

Andrew Martin R Paint collection

Andrew Martin

Best for… Design buffs

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

Annie Sloan

Best for… Painting furniture

Oxford-based Annie Sloan (who studied fine art for seven years) 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 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. anniesloan.com

Coat

Coat

Best for… On-trend colour projects 

The brand du jour for savvy interiors lovers, Coat’s brilliant range of shades makes it easy to emulate your favourite Instagram projects in your home. Its genius peel and stick swatches make trying out new colours a doddle (and a lot less messy). Sustainability standards are upheld with recycled packaging, carbon offsetting and a recycling scheme to return unwanted paint. coatpaints.com

Designers Guild paint chart

Designers Guild

Best for… High-quality coverage and pigmentation

With 184 shades and 80 neutrals to choose from, Designers Guild paint is low VOC, highly pigmented and has excellent coverage compared to its counterparts – meaning fewer coats are required. Available in matt emulsion, water-based eggshell, floor and masonry finishes, it’s best combined with one of Designers Guild’s bold wallpapers.

Fired Earth pink walls

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. firedearth.com

Gris black and grey paint tin

Gris 

Best for… Monochrome tones

When makeup artist Liz Michael was struggling to find the perfect grey/white tone for her home, she came up with the idea of Gris, a mineral paint brand with a limited but elegant palette of steely greys, blues and whites which work together in perfect harmony. When it comes to sustainability, Gris paint is free of synthetic binders, solvents and acrylics and coloured using earth oxide pigments. The Microcrystalline bond in the formula also creates a longer lasting and more durable coating. grispaints.co.uk

Graphenstone multicolour paint pots

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 a brilliant array of palettes to choose from, and its pots are made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic. graphenstone.co.uk

Mylands silver paint tin

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. mylands.com

Paint and Paper Library mocha coloured room

Paint & Paper Library

Best for… Architects and designers choice

A favourite among decorators, 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. paintandpaperlibrary.com

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