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A weekend to remember

This weekend we were at the second annual Vintage Festival at London’s Southbank centre that featured a whole array of vintage themed entertainment. We staged very our own tea room at the festival located within the Vintage Market to launch our very own Crown Vintage® paint range. Our tent was shared with wonderful vintage caterers, Jam & Tea, who were on hand to provide classic British refreshments to a well attired crowd. Most festival goers and press joined us to relax after spending time browsing the vintage goods on offer at the market  to take a look at the full range of Crown Vintage® paint that was on display.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crown Vintage® colours proved popular with everyone and many singled out Enamel Green, Mean Mustard® and Fade to Grey® as favourites. It also provided us with a great opportunity to meet our customers and provide some advice on how best to use the Crown Vintage® paints at home to gain a similar effect to those featured in our inspirational photography We were lucky enough to have festival organisers and Crown Vintage® range collaborators, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, join us to discuss the colours over tea and scones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in the afternoon we took the opportunity to explore the festival and gain inspiration amongst the plethora of retro delights that were on show. A wide variety of bespoke homewares from across the 20th century, such as original 50s Danish furniture and lighting from the 30s was available to buy at the event.  The range of goods on display was staggering and if you looked in the right places you could pick up unique pieces that would work as ideal props in a room painted with colours from the Crown Vintage® range. 

 

For more information on the Crown Vintage® range and for further ideas, inspiration and guidance head over to our website here

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School’s out for summer!

The school holidays are here and six weeks off with the kids can trigger panic in parents trying to come up with clever, yet cost effective, ways to entertain their little ones for such a long period of time.
 
Now there's the easy option of plonking them in front of the TV to entertain themselves for the duration, but let's face it that isn't going to get their little creative minds working – especially when most of the shows are repeats!
 
So if you find yourself searching for ways to encourage the kids to try something different, be creative, and learn new skills, why not get them involved in painting their bedroom? It's great fun, needn't cost the earth, and with the dreary weather so far this summer, brightening up their personal space may be just the tonic for you – and them.
 
Here at Crown we're bursting with ideas and colours that work brilliantly in children's bedrooms. Every little girl loves pink, so why not bring her passion for pink to life on her walls with Fairy Dust®, Pink Sugar® and a splash of Rodeo Drive®, all from the Breatheasy® (99% solvent free) Matt Emulsion range. And don't worry if her room is on the small side, painting woodwork such as rocking chairs and shelves, with colours like Applemist® will enable you to bring in extra colour without having to move house!
 
For the boys, what better way to pass on tales from your own childhood than by encouraging him to have 1980 Blue® from the Crown Originals range on his bedroom walls? Inspired by popular culture from 1980, you can share stories about how good Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back the first time it was shown in the cinema.
 
This lovely aqua blue colour provides the perfect backdrop for all those model aeroplanes and toy spacecraft dangling from the ceiling. Team it with Orange Squash® scrubbable matt emulsion with stainguard® – perfect for walls, ceilings, wood and metal – to add a bright splash of colour and lift even the most tired interiors. 
 
And it's not just about the paint, get creative by involving them in a mood board packed full of their favourite things to bring their own little personal space to life. Why not use tear outs from magazines, get ideas from places you've been, look at holiday snaps or check out the image gallery on our website. We have a 3D room on the website too so that you can try your chosen colours out.
 
For more information on the paints featured in this blog visit the Crown website here www.crownpaint.co.uk. Also, keep in touch with what's new from Crown by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Vintage Festival returns

After being named ‘Best New Festival’ at the 2010 UK Festival Awards, the Vintage Festival, founded by Crown Paint collaborators Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, returns on July 29th for three days of retro fun at London’s Southbank Centre. The event just like our fabulous Crown Vintage® paint range is inspired by five decades of British cool and will feature an eclectic mix of bands, clubs, stalls, film screenings, fashion catwalks and a whole host of artistic pleasures inspired by yesteryear.
 
Highlights from the weekend include the Warehouse, an underground space beneath the Southbank that will see the likes of A Guy Called Gerald and Graeme Park man the decks, and the Torch Club, the unrivalled home of 1940s entertainment.  But, this is just scratching the surface and to get a true idea of the scale of this fantastic event head over to the official website to see the full line up.
 
Not one’s to miss out on the fun; we will be attending the event and showcasing our new Crown Vintage® paint range that is now exclusively available in Homebase.
 
To celebrate the occasion we are running a competition to giveaway a 2.5L tin of paint from the Crown Vintage® range to five lucky winners who can answer the following question:
 
The Blue Monday® colour from the Crown Vintage® range is inspired by a song written by a popular Manchester band in the 1980s, what is the name of this band?
 
To take part, simply email your answer to this address crownpaintscompetitions@gmail.com along with your name and address and the colour from the Vintage® range that you would like.
 
A clue to find the answer can be found on the wall of our Facebook page here.
 
Winners will be notified by email on Monday 18th July.
 
Good luck!
 
Browse all of the colours in the Crown Vintage® range here.

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The Bank Holiday Begins

Crown Colour consultant Judy Smith has written a great blog post about the joys of decorating over the Bank Holiday weekends. Read on for some expert advice on how to make the most of the latest colour trends in your home.

 

It’s the Bank Holiday season, and with such good weather forecast it really does make me feel like doing a bit of new brooming throughout the house. It’s time to clean the windows, clear out the clutter that always seems to amass over the winter, and take a new and fresh look at our rooms. I’m really inspired by the bright upbeat colours around in fashion and interiors right now, and it’s easy to bring touches of them into the home for an instant update.

 

If you have a plain white kitchen, consider painting one wall or a splash-back in a bright orange – I really like the new Seville Orange from the Crown Kitchen & Bathroom range. I also like playing around with old furniture and giving it a new lease of life with paint. For a quirky look that will get your friends talking, experiment with Crown’s Ultimate range of matt paints for walls and wood. Try painting a bold feature wall and take the colour right onto the skirting, then paint a chest of drawers in the same colour and place next to the wall. My favourites are Aqua Mid and Aqua Dark – the brightest blues and turquoise used with tones of green are absolutely on the money at the moment.

 

 

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