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Paints, papers, plaster, colour and decorative effects

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Designer Paint

Paintwork and liquid applied finishes and stains

Some of the most damaging chemicals are used in the manufacture of paints and preservatives -do look out for the label to see just how toxic the product actually is. On the whole water based paints are better than oil based ones, but ideally you might source your paints from one of the natural paint providers - try Auro Organic , Earthborn, Ieko, Mike Wye or Nutshell Paints.

If you are choosing colours, both Crown and Dulux have comprehensive colour guides online, but remember that computer rendition of colours can be pretty poor, and varies hugely between traditional flat screens and traditional screens. There is no substitute for getting a sample pot. If you have a particular need in colour, or need the right scheme for an historic building, then Papers and Paints in London are an excellent place to start.

  • Auro Organic Paint -suppliers of paint made entirely from natural and organic materials.
  • Crown Paints -lots on use of colour and decorating techniques.
  • Crown Trade -historic colours recreated in association with the RIBA historic drawings collection.
  • Duluxtrade - expert advice and paint solutions from this major manufacturer.
  • Dulux -ICI paints, decorating ideas and colour scheming tools.
  • Earthborn -an environmentally friendly range of paints free from Volatile Organic Compounds for interior and exterior use. Featured in the Grand Designs episode with the modernist house of Pru Irvine and husband Richard , they have been widely used in eco projects ranging from Bedzed to Moss Grove organic hotel.
  • Eco Solutions paint stripping without dangerous solvents.
  • EcoMerchant -suppliers for Livos paints -based on a selection of around 150 renewable raw materials and completely biodegradable substances chosen to have low environmental impact..
  • Farrow Ball -manufacturers of traditional papers and paint.
  • Fired Earth -they do paints as well as tiles!
  • Hammerite -specialist paint for metal surfaces.
  • Ieko -stockists of non toxic paints and finishes.
  • International paints -speciality paints, project guides and paint calculator.
  • Little Greene Paint Company -locally manufactured environmentally friendly paints and papers. their paint palette includes historic colours, researched with English Heritage, as well as some striking contemporary shades.
  • Mike Wye -Natural building and decorating products.
  • Nutshell Paints -decorating ideas and recipes with natural paints.
  • Paint Café -everything to do with paint and colour from this Canadian site.
  • Paint Quality Institute -comprehensive and expert source of information and advice on all issues surrounding paint, paint quality, and decorative effects.
  • Papers and Paints -are a small London-based company specialising in many aspects of paint and colour.
  • Rohm and Haas -Paint Quality is a neutral advisory service aimed at DIY painters of all experience levels, designed to give advice on how to get a great paint finish. Sections include: problem solver, cost calculator, trends prediction service, paint type guide.
  • Rustins -paints, dyes and varnishes.
  • St Astier -soft breatable lime paint from Lime Green.
  • Sandtex.co.uk -guide to exterior paintwork.
  • Unibond -interesting site about adhesives from Unibond

Timber Treatments

  • Green Building Store -a useful article on toxins in traditional timber preservatives.
  • Albi Coatings -intumescent flame retardent coatings for the protection of timber and steel.
  • Arch Timber Protection -formerly known as Hicksons, they do a range of preservative, fire retardent and decorative finishes.
  • Mylands -John Myland Limited have specialised in the manufacture of high quality wax polishes, paints, lacquers, stains and shellac polishes since 1884.
  • Osmo -natural oil wax timber finishes.
  • Ronseal -woodcare products, stains and speciality paints.
  • Sadolin -the big name in interior and exterior wood protection -stains, oils, varnishes and preservatives.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper Direct

Decorating contractors and designers

  • Dancing Decor -specialise in murals, home decorating and colour schemes using Self Coat Eco Paints. Commissions taken in the London area on any subject matter, on any scale and in any setting.
  • Hart Projects -childrens rooms -murals and paintings.
  • Paint Stripping Service -Tracey offers a range of paintstripping services and will take on almost any kind of on site paintstripping.
  • Painted Interiors -founded by French Designer Isabelle Morley-Fletcher who specialises in styling and decorating with a particular focus on paint textures and colours, varying from contemporary to country looks.
  • Perfect Painting Company -decorating and painting properties in the West Kent, East Sussex and Surrey area. Useful hints and tips.
  • S2 decorating -provides interior and exterior decorating for residential and commercial clients in London.

Plaster and Render

  • British Gypsum -the leading manufacturer of plasterboard -huge amount of information on wall linings, partitions and ceilings, including the renowned White Book.
  • Building Conservation.com -article on traditional lime plaster: myths, preconceptions and the relevance of good practice.
  • Ecoplastering -offer hands-on training courses in Lime plastering at their centre in the French Pyrenees.
  • Glaster -a unique plaster made from lime and recycled glass.
  • knauf -teach me DIY -plastering worshops online.
  • Lafarge -French manufacturer of dry wall and plasterboard systems.
  • Lime Green -ecological hemp and lime plasters and eco render finishes.
  • London Plastercraft -specialist plastering company, carrying out all types interior and exterior moulded work including restoration and cleaning of cornices, ceilings and ornate plaster work.
  • Wall Effects -high quality water based decorative paint effects and Italian polished plaster by Stucco Italiano -based in Co Tyrone.


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