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Sep 3rd, 2009 | | Colour Services | 10 Comments

Hampton Court Palace – A Tudor Garden

I researched the colours for King Henry VIII's Royal Beasts Introduction A new garden has been created at Hampton Court Palace to commemorate the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne in...

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10 Downing Street
Jul 6th, 2009 | | Paint Technical | 2 Comments

Some Thoughts on Front Doors (part 1)

Introduction Paint is used on external surfaces to provide: Protection, Decoration, or Identification …and very often it serves at least two out of three of these functions. Here it could be argued that all...

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The Problem
May 19th, 2009 | | Colour Services | No Comments

The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Background English Heritage has recently re-created one of the greatest gardens of the Elizabethan age in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire. The original garden was built by Robert Dudley, Earl...

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distemper
May 10th, 2009 | | Paint Technical | 30 Comments

The Problem with "Distemper"

Having been involved with Historical and Traditional colours for many years, we are frequently asked for advice on traditional paint.Every day my team and I at Papers and Paints see confusion amongst members...

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Apr 21st, 2009 | | Paint Technical | 1 Comment

Basildon Park – Paint Analysis

Basildon Park was built by John Carr of York for Sir Francis Sykes between 1776 and 1783. It is constructed of Bath stone and consists of a main central block, with portico in antis, and is joined to two pavilions...

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Geffrye Museum - Chapel
Apr 18th, 2009 | | Colour Services | Paint Technical | No Comments

Paint Sampling at the Geffrye Museum

Background The Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, East London, is the only museum in the United Kingdom to specialise in the history of the domestic interiors of the urban middle classes. It is situated in the...

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PRB Triptych
Apr 11th, 2009 | | Colour Services | 2 Comments

Colour Surveys

Colour Match of a stippled surface in Wilton House As many will know, Papers and Paints have been colour-matching objects brought to the shop for most of our sixty years. Typically these take the form of flakes...

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Tingry Frontispiece
Apr 4th, 2009 | | Colour Ranges | 1 Comment

Paint Colours of the Past

The current interest in “historical paint” colours stems from a range that Papers and Paints produced over twenty years ago. Our Historical Colours - the first range with this theme - was taken from...

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Mar 25th, 2009 | | Colour Ranges | 2 Comments

1960s Paint Colours

Background One of the joys of working as a colour consultant is the enormous variety of projects that one is asked to assist with. Some years ago I was commissioned to investigate the paint colours employed in...

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Mar 23rd, 2009 | | Colour Services | 2 Comments

The King’s Beasts

Background Many passers-by have wondered why we recently had a collection of brightly-painted mythical creatures in the window of Papers and Paints, my paint shop in Chelsea. The reason (inevitably) is...

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