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November 11, 2014, 10:21 PM

Paint effects guru Annie Sloan gives us recipes for style and colour

By Shirley Kay

Room Recipes for Style and Colour Photo © CICO Books

Boho cottage :Janice Issitt’s living room © CICO Books
French Provencal buffet: Before © Vanessa Webb
French Provencal buffet: After © Vanessa Webb

Somerset, UK - Annie Sloan began decorative painting more than forty years ago and over that time has inspired many people to be more creative. Her painting techniques have also enabled many items, that might have been otherwise discarded, to be reused.

Salvo supports reuse and giving new life to old items. In fact Thornton Kay, senior partner of Salvo first coined the word upcycling in an interview with Reiner Pilz in 1994. Upcycling has since taken off among interior designers and home owners with many realising it can be a great way to both save money and help the planet. Inspiration from paint guru Annie Sloan has helped many to achieve beautiful results.

Her latest book Room Recipes for Style and Colour will inspire another generation to upcycle, and all of us to be more confident in our use of colour in the home. This book has been written with the help of Felix, Annie's middle son, who has worked in the family business for over fifteen years. It includes photographs by Christopher Drake.

The book introduces basic design principles and enables you to discover which style or fusion of styles suits your personal taste. Annie realises that colour is key. The book gives tips to avoid being dull, helps find the best colour to show off your treasures and make your own personal statement. Personal items are important as they tell your particular story. The images in the book demonstrate that colour can even be added simply with the addition of a few fresh flowers. It is all the little things that turn a house into a home.

The new book covers forty different projects and there are design styles to suit everyone from Neo Classical to Warehouse. There are extensive instructions and tips on furniture, colour, decoration, texture and collectibles with good photographs enabling you to have the confidence to take on a project yourself. The lovely little sketches encourage you to try out design ideas and colours on paper first. The main thing to realise is that it does not have to be perfect - just enjoy it and have fun.

The image shows Janice Issitt's living room and she certainly seems to follow this philosophy and enjoys constantly changing her Boho Cottage design. Boho introduces an arty mix of clashing colour and pattern which can be hard to get right but if done well can look fabulous. One of Annie's favourites is Rustic Country which she has used in her home in France. This is a good design style to choose if you want to bring the 'outside in'. The main design elements are more farmworker's cottage but can include elements from Mr Darcy's stately home. Rustic Country goes with natural reclaimed elements and earthy tones. Although all the design styles in the book work well with antique, vintage and salvaged. Annie's enthusiasm for her topic comes through and cannot help but inspire design with reuse. It is also a book you will come back to again and again.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is a key element in each design style and has a colour palette to suit. The paint is eco-friendly with extremely low VOC, organic and can be applied with little or no preparation. There are stockists worldwide and they often run decorative painting workshops. Some of these are antique shops and architectural salvage yards. Salvage yard stockists include Warehouse 701 at Wye Valley Reclamation in the UK and Black Dog Salvage in the USA. 

Decorative paint courses and workshops are also run by interior designers and craftspeople. One of these is interior designer, Vanessa Webb, who teaches courses on furniture painting using chalk paints and waxes. Her skill can be seen in the before and after images of a marble topped French Provencal buffet bought in the South of France and now in her sitting room. Vanessa repaired and painted it. The paint colours used are ones that she has mixed herself using chalk paints and artists acrylics.

The Salvo directory lists eco friendly paint manufacturers and a good selection of antique shops, salvage yards, craftspeople and designers running Annie Sloan decorative painting workshops.

Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Colour is published by CICO at £25.

Annie Sloan Interiors

Black Dog Salvage

Pilz GmbH

Vanessa Webb

Wye Valley Reclamation

CICO Books: Annie Sloan's Room Recipes for Style and Colour

Story Type:  Feature

ID: 86004

Date Modified: November 13, 2014, 11:16 AM

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