Category : Colour Ranges

Handel House Bedroom - Matthew Hollow
Nov 13th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | History | 7 Comments

The Hierarchy of Colour in Eighteenth Century Decoration

Lead Colour in the Handel House Museum © Matthew Hollow - with thanks to the Museum The use of colour in the decoration of early eighteenth century interiors was much more straightforward and austere than many...

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Duresco Colour Card
Nov 7th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Paint Technical | 12 Comments

Duresco – King of Water Paints

Duresco - the King of Water Paints "DURESCO on your Walls will bring DIGNITY, FRESHNESS and BEAUTY to your Home". At the very beginning of the twentieth century it was announced that: The Guildhall, London...

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Archrome C&R
Nov 5th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | 4 Comments

Archrome (Munsell) Colour Range

Archrome (Munsell) Colour Card - with thanks to Colin Mitchell-Rose The end of the Second World War saw a number of ‘satellite’ new towns develop to the north and east of London – in Hertfordshire1 and Essex...

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Baty Arms
Nov 5th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Colour Services | 11 Comments

Heraldic Colours (or Tinctures)

Tinctures One of the main aims of heraldry is to provide easily recognisable symbols and this is achieved by using clear colours and by following strict rules. However, not all of these are colours in the true...

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Wilson Colour Chart
Nov 5th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Colour Services | 5 Comments

The Wilson Colour Chart

In 1938 the British Colour Council issued (in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society) the first volume of a Horticultural Colour Chart, also called The Wilson Colour Chart after Robert F. Wilson, the...

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BCC Cover
Nov 3rd, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Colour Services | 7 Comments

Dictionary of Colours for Interior Decoration

The British Colour Council When the British Colour Council came into being in 1930, the declared aims and objects included the placing of colour determination for the British Empire in British hands and the...

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Rouge Garance Passé
Nov 1st, 2011 | | Aesthetics | Colour Ranges | No Comments

Horticultural Colours (1)

Rouge Garance passé (Dull Madder Red) - the colour of the faded trousers of the French Line Infantry I have written about important collections of colour on several other occasions - most recently Werner's...

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Gloss samples 3
Nov 1st, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Paint Technical | 2 Comments

Parsons’ Decorative Finishes (15) – ‘PARSONLOID’ Cellulose Lacquer

A previous post has already introduced the subject of a most useful work that was published in the 1930s - Parsons' Decorative Finishes. Subsequently I have used it as a 'prompt' for posts dealing with Water...

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Parsons' Water-Tex Paint - some effects
Oct 31st, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Paint Technical | 2 Comments

Parsons’ Decorative Finishes (14) – ‘WATER-TEX’ Plastic Paint

A previous post has already introduced the subject of a most useful work that was published in the 1930s - Parsons' Decorative Finishes. Subsequently I have used it as a 'prompt' for posts dealing with Water...

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Caspar Grey
Oct 30th, 2011 | | Aesthetics | Colour Ranges | 7 Comments

The Perfect Grey (or is it “Gray”?)

A sequence of very pale Pure greys produced by Papers and Paints (SC371-SC375). The sequence continues in gradual steps to off-black It is generally accepted that "Grey" is the English spelling for an achromatic or...

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