Pure White Chalk Paint® | Knot Too Shabby Furnishings
Paris Grey Chalk Paint® | This is a soft and slightly bluish grey, and is the colour most associated with painted furniture in an elegant French chateau and of an old Swedish manor house. It works like a dream with Old White of course but it looks great distressed over the lavender blue of Old Violet and one of our other favourites is Paris Grey over Cream or for something a little stronger try it over Arles! Add a touch of gilding, and the look is complete.
This is inspired by the colors of the copper green mineral and semi-precious stone, malachite, and from the same family of stones as azurite and turquoise. In the 17th and 18th century it was used as a color made with verdigris but as it is a very fugitive color turning black with time so we are not aware of how it was used on woodwork in many houses. It is a classical colour found in classical Italian furniture.
a soft warm neutral that can be dark waxed to make the color of old French painted woodwork.
Soft delicate lightly yellowed dusky green that is sophisticated and gentle yet it works well with modern pieces too. This is a colour which picks up other colours well and changes character accordingly. With Louis Blue, lightened Henrietta, Cream, and Old White it looks back to the French court of Versailles but with Provence, Duck Egg Blue and Coco it is a sassy modern colour.
Primer Red Chalk Paint® | Deep red ochre is a colour found in practically every culture from Venetian palaces to Vietnamese temples. Red earths were plentiful and relatively easy to come by so the colour is often associated with the colour for priming furniture and as the base coat for gilding. It is a wonderful colour on its own or as a base for other colours particularly when distressing.
A cool neutral khaki grey inspired by bleached deep neutral of old pieces of French and Italian furniture. It works beautifully with golds and a range of rich and bright colours such as Emile and Emperor’s Silk. French Linen is a soft creamy brown almost whitewash. This color makes the hardwood brown pop, and looks stunning. If you want to find a color that goes well with your natural hardwood this might be the perfect color for you.
This is a putty color using greenish raw umber, and is a really useful color. It ‘s terrific on its own and with white as in the chair pictured here, or for distressing as a top coat with Cream or Scandinavian Pink underneath. It is generally seen as a more rustic colour good for a country look rather than the château Another way to use it is to mix it into another color such as Château Grey or Duck Egg Blue to make them paler and knocked back.