Introducing the brand-new Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint

It's totally gorgeous for some decadent Christmas styling...

Every time a new hue is added to the Chalk Paint collection we sit up and take notice, and the brand-new Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint definitely demands attention.

Like a dark, handsome stranger, it's alluring, attractive and mysterious. And it's not all about good looks... the paint is also super-versatile and can be used to give tired pieces of furniture an update as well as adding a statement look to your walls.

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An homage to the true, deep black used to render silhouetted figures and scenes on Ancient Greek ceramics, Athenian Black is the latest addition to the Chalk Paint palette.

Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint

Oxford-based fine artist, author and colour expert Annie Sloan took inspiration from the world-famous pottery collection in the antiquities gallery of her local museum, The Ashmolean.

"It's a black so authentic it suggests a complete absence of light," explains Annie. "I've matched the Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint with earthy tones to reinforce the earthenware association, but it makes a dramatic statement when used alone, evoking mystery, decadence and sophistication."

Joining the iconic Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan collection of mixable decorative paints, Athenian Black offers a velvety matte finish and can be applied to almost any surface, including furniture, walls and floors, without priming or sanding.

Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint

The rich black looks amazing as a focal wall, making those gorgeous Christmas decorations pop. It also looks fantastic on furniture, and is seen in the top pic giving new life to a rustic wooden bench.

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Annie Sloan Athenian Black paint

Looking for a super-stylish Christmas table decor tip that's individual and allows you to show off your own creativity at the same time? Make your own Christmas crackers, and finish them in the Annie Sloan Athenian black with glittering silver on the inside.

Cool, crafty, and super-chic.

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