By Ruth Doherty published
With searches for DIY up by 145% since the lockdown started, it's the perfect time to give your walls a new lick of paint and refresh your interior. New inspiration has landed right on time with the new Mylands Colours of London summer collection, inspired by the brand's hometown and the historic architecture and landmarks of the city as seen in the summer light.
The edit of 18 colours has been carefully curated to feel fresh, bringing an exciting chromatic energy to any interior, while at the same time having a familiar and timeless appeal.
Since its inception in 1884, Mylands, Britain’s oldest family-owned paint manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, has earned a reputation for colour expertise, meticulously devising and creating colours to bring out the best in any interior. A rarity in modern paint production, Mylands continues to carry out much of its colour creation by eye, believing that a digital colour match cannot compete with the craftsman’s touch.
Throughout its 135-year history, Mylands has built up a rich archiveof samples and fragments of historic paints, wallpapers, distempers and plasters, which have then been matched to paints, giving them an unrivalled catalogue of timeless colours to work with. Complemented by modern hues, the overall palette is an edit of enduring and exciting colours.
Mylands champions quality, and all its paints are handmade using high quality ingredients and natural earth pigments to ensure the colours have sumptuous, rich depth and are thick, lustrous and easy to apply. Renowned for its outstanding coverage and opacity, the paint is exceptionally hardwearing and beautiful to look at. Its signature marble matt finish is made with finely crushed Carrara marble to make it highly durable and scrubbable. Now the only difficult thing will be choosing a colour.
Discover highlights from the Mylands Colours of London summer collection below:
COVENT GARDEN FLORAL & SMITHFIELD
An inviting hallway with a confident use of Covent Garden Floral to give a bright pop of colour. Covent Garden Floral is a colour taken from a wallpaper document found in a house in Covent Garden. Smithfield: A warm neutral from Mylands’ archives, originally created for a residence in Smithfield.
FLORAL STREET & GREENWICH TIME
A hint of colour with the beautifully understated Floral Street - a desaturated yellow that will bring freshness to any interior. Floral Street was inspired by Nottingham Ochre, a pigment traditionally used by London colourmen before modern paint colours were introduced. Greenwich Time is a light off-white with blue undertones which takes its name from The Royal Observatory clock face.
MINT STREET & LONG ACRE
A tonal blue and green palette which feels fresh and modern, and pairs beautifully with simple natural textures. The colours work well together, adding a point of interest without being overbearing. Mint Street: This traditional shade was renamed after this evocative London street name. Long Acre: This shade is dedicated to one of the earliest recorded sales of blue paint, to a Mrs. Adams of Long Acre in 1777.
SOHO HOUSE & FITZROVIA
A warm and light palette gives a welcoming feel and works well as a backdrop for a punch of stronger colour. Soho House: Colour used on a house in London’s Soho. With deep tones of magenta, this shade is rich and warm. Fitzrovia: An artistic and bohemian enclave of London since the 1820s, and the inspiration for this subtle shade.
GOLDEN SQUARE & NOTTING HILL
A playful child’s room with light, fresh colours used in an unexpected way, with Golden Square bringing a cheerful shot of ochre yellow that works well with the cool tones of Notting Hill. Golden Square: a deeply evocative colour inspired by the boutiques and bistros in the streets around Soho’s Golden Square. Notting Hill: This colour is reproduced from a paint sample discovered in Notting Hill.
STOCKWELL GREEN & CLERKENWELL
A soft, calm interior with a green accent tone that is so gentle it works as a neutral colour. Stockwell Green: The site of the original Mylands shop opened in 1884; a mixture of dark Georgian and rich apple green. Clerkenwell: An off-white shade, with the natural tones of China clay. Clerkenwell was once a centre for traditional colour pigments.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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