Choosing an interior paint for your century/heritage home is easy with many historical paint hues available.
If you are contemplating applying for a heritage grant to paint the exterior of your heritage home, do investigate, paint colours are very specific to be eligible for a grant:
My top 2 pics for paint….
#1 on my list…..Farrow & Ball
My first choice has to be Farrow & Ball. This paint is a beautiful clay based pigmented quality paint manufactured in England. The use of clay gives a beautiful flat finish and produces a variety of results. It truly spreads “like butter”, with fantastic coverage and durability. I have used it in several rooms in several homes and am extremely happy with the results. A sensational product. They are truly paint perfectionists, creating unmatched paint colours using only the finest ingredients and age-old methods which have withstood the test of time.
Farrow & Ball paints are born and bred in Dorset, England, where John Farrow, and fellow paint pioneer Richard Ball first founded the company. All of their paints (interior and exterior) are eco-friendly with low or minimal VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content and are water based giving them a low odour and quick drying time which benefits both you and mother nature. They have also been tested and approved to meet the Toy Safety Standard so parents can be rest assured when decorating their children’s nurseries and bedrooms or painting children’s accessories, toys or cribs.
What I also like about this line is the selection….a somewhat limited selection of colours are available; rather than going through thousands of shades, it simplifies colour selection and you know what you choose will work. The colour palette consists of 132 colours which is easy to work with and doesn’t overwhelm.
Limited retailers are available but we are very lucky to have a local source: Timeless Materials Company, in Waterloo. http://www.timelessmaterials.com/ They have a dedicated section in their “barn-showroom”, a must-see place to visit, a back room devoted to Farrow & Ball. Colour cards and sample pots are available.
#2 on my list….BENJAMIN MOORE – AURA
I have been a fan of Benjamin Moore Paints for decades. Although their paint names have changed over time , BM paints are a huge brand name used by many interior decorators. Their paint collections, for interior or exterior, are endless. Aura being their top of the line brand….which I have used and the quality is fabulous! They have many other lines including Natura, Regal and Ben. The selection of colour hues is endless! Paint Chip boards are available for purchase as well as paint pots to test colours in your home. A wonderful line of colour suitable for a century home is their Heritage Collection; certainly worthy of consideration.
Benjamin Moore is available in our region at: Heer’s Paint & Decor (several locations available) http://www.heerspaint.com/