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Last week, we proudly exhibited the new Crown Paints developments at the Totally DIY Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Taking pride of place was our brand new earthbalance® range that was being launched to the press and public for the very first time. The environmentally aware paint is perfect for the consumer that wants to make a conscious and informed decision about the type of product they choose. It is 99% solvent free and contains 22% less embodied carbon than the standard paint offering. Furthermore, it is available in 100% recyclable containers and Crown are working with The CarbonNeutral company to offset any emissions produced in the manufacture and distribution of the paint. Also proudly displayed were our new Feature Wall collection, with its six vibrant and impactful new hues, the directional trends predictions and palettes, the stunning new colour guide photography, the Colour of the Decade findings, and developments from Berger, Sadolin and Sandtex. Needless-to-say, all visitors to the stand were thoroughly impressed and inspired by the innovative goings on within Crown Paints.

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The design team at Crown Paints have been busy creating new and exciting colour schemes for our meeting rooms.   Today, myself and a few friends have been adding  the finishing touches to one of these rooms, adorning the wall with a stunning chandelier stencil.
 
The colour scheme for this meeting room was inspired by the 2010 Crown colour trend ‘Plush and uses the rich and ornate colours; Prom Night®
Indulgence Luxury Matt Emulsion, Eveningwear® Fashion for Walls® Flat Matt Emulsion and Aspen Silver® Indulgence Luxury Matt Emulsion. The stencil was painted in Millionaire® Fashion for Walls® Metallic.
 
For more information on Crown Trend for 2010 visit www.crownpaint.co.uk and click on trends
 
The stencil design is part of the Crown Jewels, our exclusive collection of stencils designed by students at The Royal College of Art. The Chandelier design was created by Ken Seon Lee. The design is called Image Furniture and is available to buy from www.crownpaint.co.uk (just click on stencils). Take a close look at the design to see the chandelier is actually made from everyday household items, from a tea cup, key to wine bottle opener! This design is the perfect way to bring a bit of glamour to any room in the house – or a busy meeting room!
 
Actually doing the stencil was a lot easier than I’d thought. I like the fact that in less than two hours you can add some real ‘bling’ to a wall – and the beauty of a stencil is that you can use it again, and again!
 
My Top tips to create a stencil.
  • Check you hang the stencil straight, use a plumb bob or a spirit level and get a second opinion!
  • Secure the stencil with low tack tape, or re positioning spray
  • Apply your Crown Paint gently with a stencil brush or sponge – it is really important to make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush/sponge. Apply straight on, and take your time.
  • Try using more than one colour on your stencil design – experiment, the perfect thing about using stencils is that you can easily re paint the wall if you want to try another idea or colour combination.

 

 Lisa Miller - Graphic Designer 

 

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 At the end of 2009, we released our Crown Colour Trends for 2010. The stunning and contemporary images have already generated some amazing press and a great deal of buzz – exactly what we set out to achieve when we started the project way back in the spring of 2009! So, you can imagine our excitement when the February edition of Grand Designs featured the St Germain trend in a fabulous double page spread. It was even better reading the quote from Judy Smith, Crown’s Colour Consultant, informing the world that this trend is like a little black dress, as “it is a look that will last and will always be in fashion.” We could not agree more!
 
Check out the Grand Design website here, and keep an eye out for more Trends news to come! http://www.granddesignsmagazine.com/
 
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The Only Fools & Horses spin off TV programme ‘Rock and Chips’ the BBC film about the famous Trotter family set in the 1960’s, when Del’s father, a reluctant decorator, was invited to do a spot of decorating for a character played by Nicholas Lyndhurst (Freddie the frog), who ironically plays Rodneys dad! The BBC was challenged to create some tins of emulsion paint that fitted the period, they approached Crown Paints and our inhouse Design Studio created some authentic pack designs from that time, our brand was called Walpamur (Wallpaper & Paint manufacturing company), then evolved into Crown Walpamur in the late 1960’s. 
 
This was an interesting project for our team but in a little way helped create the period mood for the BBC classic. We often review previous designs for packs for inspiration if we were to launch a 1960’s pack ‘maybe this time next year we could all be millionaires!’.
 
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