For quite some time now I have disregarded paint as a decorating medium (well ‘coloured paint’ at least,) as out of favour. Perhaps as a result of fully embracing the feature wall trend that washed over us several years ago, more recently I’ve opted for patterned wallpaper or pale and neutral paints as a backdrop to my home. In the last few months though, I’ve noticed myself leaning towards statement walls in rich, bold and elegant shades, so it’s no surprise that taste makers Mr & Mrs Smith have launched a paint range At Home, inspired by their stylish boutique boltholes.
Divided into three collections, each designed to evoke the feel of destinations around the globe, each one provides an easy to combine palette for design led traditional and modern interiors.
The Coastal collection is, as you would expect, full of blues, but not just your traditional seaside shades, referencing sparkling Mediterranean seas, and the North American atlantic coast with stormy shades.
For the country, expect your usual Farrow and Ball-esque chalky tones and earthy neutrals, with a surprise pop of ochre and forest green, perfect for period interiors.
City shades are rich, glamourous and sexy with modern greys and pops of red nodding towards oriental lacquer and North African medinas. All the colours are a deep matt, low odour and eco-friendly. Even cleverer, instead of ordering paint pots to test, M&MS provide an iPatch adhesive rectangle of colour to test in your home without leaving residue – particularly great for removing the issue of testing darker shades and leaving messy patches that take coat after coat of paint to cover.
The paints are available from Colour & Paint online. What do you think readers. Do you use paints in your home decor?