Four fail-safe paint colour palettes

Little Greene

A symphony of greys has been chosen by Little Greene. Smart, dark walls with woodwork and cornicing in pale but tonally distinct shades.

From top: wall, ‘Lead Colour’; cornice, ‘Clockface’; both £38 for 2.5 litres of emulsion; woodwork, ‘French Grey’, £54.50 for 2.5 litres of eggshell.

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Papers and Paints

An easy to use blue-grey has been paired by Papers & Paints with two rich, creamy whites.

From top: wall, ‘Fenching Blue’; cornice, ‘Andrea’s White’; woodwork, ‘Quiet White’; all £37.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion.

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Paint and Paper Library

Smart dark woodwork, rich buff-coloured walls and fresh white cornicing make for a versatile palette that will add warmth to a modern home.

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woodwork, ‘Hornblende’; wall, ‘Wattle V’; cornice, ‘Wattle I’; all £42.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints

There is something rather 1960’s about the combination of sludgy green and burnt orange chosen by Edward Bulmer – but test the combination out in period rooms and you’ll be on to a winner. Perfect for a kitchen in an older house.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint: From top: wall, ‘Aquatic’; cornice, ‘Silver White’; woodwork, ‘Brick’; all £41.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion.