Paloma



This is a beautiful, sophisticated, warm grey taupe with a great deal of depth, made by mixing two complementary colours, purple and yellow with white.



A vintage 1950s table painted in Paloma 
with the edges painted in French Linen 
and a little dab of Pure White on the 
drawer knob

Photo displays work designed &
created by Annie Sloan
 

Old Violet


Like deep Parma violets or blue lavender it is a wonderful 18th century colour used for colouring the inside of furniture- like the lining of a jacket – or for using with as the base with Paris Grey on top and distressed. It is of course wonderful used as just on its own as here on this old desk.
An old desk from an Oxford college has
been painted using Old Violet mixed
in places with a little Burgundian Red so 
the finished colour is not flat and even. 
The edges of the drawers are Old White 
and the interior is painted in Emperor’s 
Silk.
This photograph by Christopher Drake is 
from ‘Creating the French Look’

Photo displays work designed &
created by Annie Sloan

Schinkel
ADD OLD WHITE-to make ‘Schinkel’
Add 2 parts of Old White to 1 part of Old Violet and you get a greyed taupe I have called after a great 18th century German architect called SCHINKEL

Paloma
ADD MORE OLD WHITE – to make ‘Colombe’

Add 8 parts of Old White to 1 part of Old Violet for a soft grey like the underbelly of a dove, so I called it in French, COLOMBE

 

Emperor’s Silk

Emperor’s Silk
This a bright pure red like the red silk lining of a jacket; because of the way it looks we love it used as a interior of a cupboard or drawer. It is named after the red of China

French bedside table
Emperor’s Silk painted with texture, with first clear then dark wax applied in parts. Inside the drawer, Aubusson Blue

Frangipani
ADD WHITE- to make ‘Frangipani’
Add equal parts of Old White and Emperor’s Silk to make a bright strong exotic flowery pink with a zing, so I’ve called it FRANGIPANI

Malacca
ADD MORE WHITE- to make ‘Malacca’
Add 3 parts of Emperor’s Silk to 1 part of Old White to make a pink I call MALACCA because it reminds me of pinks from Indonesia

Emperors Silk Colour Progresssion
Adding Old White in 1 part, 2 parts, 3 parts and 4 parts to lighten and bring out the true hue of the colour

Colour combinations
Graphite over Emperor’s Silk allowing the red to glow through is a way to give paintwork an exotic eastern look
 

Graphite




Graphite is a soft black made with purplish blues and brown and is not completely black. When waxed it becomes a beautiful black like dark slate.

Uffizi
ADD MORE WHITE- to make ‘Uffizi’
Add 3 parts of Old White to 1 part of Graphite to make a warm sophisticated grey I’ve called UFFIZI after the Florentine art gallery

Gentleman
ADD OLD WHITE- to make ‘ Gentleman’
Add equal parts of Graphite and Old White to make a really elegant charcoal grey that remind me of a Saville Row suit so I’ve called it GENTLEMAN
 

Duck Egg Blue

A greenish soft blue reminiscent of Rococo French and Swedish interiors. It looks wonderful and fresh with Old White. We also love it distressed when it is used over Chateau Grey.

Rococo
ADD OLD WHITE-to make’Rococo’
Add 4 parts of Old White to 1 part of Duck Egg to make ROCOCO a colour seen in the best old English country houses
Gustav
ADD MORE OLD WHITE-to make ‘Gustav’
Add 8 parts of Old White and 1 part of Duck Egg Blue to pale blue green perfect for the Swedish painted look so I call it GUSTAV

Bedhead
The stunning colour on this Old French bed has been achieved using Louis Blue as a base with Duck Egg Blue over it and then distressed so the base colour can be seen
Duck Egg Blue and Chateau Grey Combination
Chateau Grey applied with texture is the base coat for a finishing coat of Duck Egg Blue waxed and distressed
 

Louis Blue





A pretty pastel Madame de Pompadour blue works particularly well
when waxed with a dark brown.




Pompadour
ADD OLD WHITE- to make ‘Pompadour’
Add 3 parts of Old White to 1 part of Louis Blue to make a graceful grey blue that makes me
think of the beautiful and refined favourite of Louis XV so I called it POMPADOUR

Sophia
ADD MORE OLD WHITE- to make ‘Sophia’
Add 8 parts of Old White to 1 part of Louis Blue makes a very soft grey Swedish blue that I
have called SOPHIA after King Gustav’s daughter.


 

Provence


Blue green shutters in the South of France are the inspiration for this colour. Set against walls of any of the whites. Provence needs light and bright fabrics with a Mediterranean and seaside feel. Other paint colours that work with Provence also need to have the same freshness and strength. Of course a cupboard painted Provence looks great against a wall of Old White.


Cricket
ADD OLD WHITE to make ‘Cricket’
Add 8 parts of Old White to 1 part of Provençe turns this mediterranean colour into a soft English pale blue green suitable for day watching CRICKET

Based on Provençal Shutters
Provençe is based on all those beautiful shuuters and doors you see in the South of France. They are all a bit like this – sometimes a little more green ( add Antibes) or sometimes a little more blue ( add Duck Egg) or paler ( add Old White ) or a little more muted ( add Country Grey)

Colour Progression
Provence with 1,2,3 and 4 parts of Old White added

 

Scandinavian Pink

Scandinavian Pink
One of the traditional colours found in much Swedish furniture we use it underneath and as a colour for interiors of cupboards and drawers.
Find it used in combination in the Traditional Swedish Palette

Hydrangea
ADD OLD WHITE – to make ‘Hydrangea’
Add 2 parts of Old White to 1 part of Scandinavian Pink for the beautiful colour of dried HYDRANGEA, a dusky chalky faded colour

Scandinavian Pink Gradation

Scandinavian Pink and Old Ochre  Combination
A pretty combination is Sandinavian Pink as a base wirh Old Ochre on top . Along the moulding of this sample there is some Old White which lifts the whole effect.
Scandinavian Pink works well with these colours and fabrics

Cream
Cream
Pastoralle – Deep Red Single Width Linen Toile
Pastoralle - Deep Red Single Width Linen Toile
Versailles
Versailles

Old white and Scandinavian Pink Combination
Old White used over Scandinavian Pink is a good way to achieve an interesting French look
 

Cream

A soft pale warm creamy yellow the colour of clotted cream. We suggest you use it under Paris Grey or of course on its own perhaps with Old White on edgings and details.
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Cream with 1, 2, 3 and 4 parts Old White

Paris Grey and Cream
This combination is the epitome of French painted furniture – the Cream is the base colour and the Paris Grey the top coat.
 

Emile

A warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones giving a rich complexity that makes beautiful sophisticated lilac tones when Old White is added. It is a colour that adds a contemporary facet to the palette being a colour used by the Charleson artists as well as a colour used by Robert Adam in the 18th century after visiting Pompeii

Shelves


Emile
Emile with 1, 2, 3 and 4 parts Old White