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New Paint Launch from Rockett St George

13th September 2018
broderie, gladstone and bohemia paint from rockett st george

broderie, gladstone and bohemia paint from rockett st george

This time of year is always great for new launches and bad for the bank balance, so I’m sorry/not sorry to bring you news of a brand new product which I think you will want to know about, while simultaneously cursing me for telling you.

I’m sure that many of you are familiar with Rockett St George, the cool online store which sells furniture, lighting and stuff-that-you-can’t-find-elsewhere-but-now-that-you’ve-seen-it-you-realise-that-you-can’t-live-without-it.

shades of blue from the new paint collection by rockett st george

shades of blue from the new paint collection by rockett st george

Lucy (St George, who – it turns out – lives round the corner from me) and Jane (Rockett, who doesn’t) have recently begun designing their own pieces. I’m guessing this was in response to being copied by other people when it comes to stock and their latest venture, aside from the leopard print wallpaper and snakeskin chairs, is paint.

shades of grey from the new paint collection by rockett st george

shades of grey from the new paint collection by rockett st george

It seems to be the season for new paint, what with Dulux announcing their colour of the year last week and Farrow & Ball revealing their new shades next week. But now there’s a new kid on the block.

There are 18 colours in the collection, which is made by Craig and Rose, one of the oldest paint manufacturers in the UK – the company was founded in 1829. As you would expect the colours are earthy and dark and you can choose from eggshell, emulsion and gloss so all surfaces are (literally) covered.

emanuella, broderie and bohemia from rockett st george

emanuella, broderie and bohemia from rockett st george

Now you can buy tester pots in the usual way, but Lucy and Jane have also decided to leave a wooden table, side table and armchair unpainted so you can decorate them as you please and create something truly individual for your home.

Jane, who co-wrote their book, Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors, with Lucy, said they had been asked so often for paint advice by their customers that they had decided to launch their own collection.

dalloway green, portobello blue and cloisters by rockett st george paint

dalloway green, portobello blue and cloisters by rockett st george paint

“There is so much choice out there for paint colour so we wanted to create a high-quality palette of colours which would work well together,” she said.

“It was both challenging and exciting, but the wealth of knowledge from Craig & Rose was invaluable and we have come up with a gorgeous range of inviting colours that will stand out on our customers’ walls”

briarwood - on wall - with pimpernell (smallest) and emanuella

briarwood – on wall – with pimpernell (smallest) and emanuella

Lucy said they were also keen to encourage people to be brave and bold with their colour decisions.
“Choosing paint is such a personal decision so we took inspiration from our travels and surroundings and added in some daring shades like the beautifully bright French Ochre.
craftsmans white by rockett st george (see also chalky white)

craftsmans white by rockett st george (see also chalky white)

“It was also important to offer our wonderfully creative customers piece they could paint and design themselves so we have left [some pieces] in a natural finish so they can be personalised.”
So what do you think? I have a tester of the two pale pinks which I am thinking of putting on the spare room wall. The paint is lovely quality and those colours – Broderie and Bohemia – are certainly still current. Mind you there is a LOT of caramel, ochre, chocolate about, both on the high street and in the homewares departments so you might want to have a look at those two. I’m certainly wondering if I will have a last minute swerve.
portobello paint from rockett st george

portobello paint from rockett st george

Paint by Rockett St George is £35 for a 2.5L tin of emulsion.

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  • Heather Raybould 14th September 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve recently painted my bedroom walls and ceiling (Kate take note!) in Alhambra Stone by Craig & Rose, a pink with a hint of peach, and I absolutely love it. The colour is stunning, the finish is beautifully chalky and it was a joy to work with (well, as joyful as decorating can get…) I think they might even be a little cheaper than the likes of F&B. Never used them before, but they’ll be the first chart I’ll consult if I ever decide what sort of colour to go for in my living room.

    I am a sucker for a (premium) paint chart, all those gorgeous little chips of colour, but at the same time I do get overwhelmed by the sheer number of colours out there. I’m surprised I ever manage to make a decision, and what if it’s the wrong one? Do you think there are some colours that no-one ever buys? That bright green looks a bit tricky. Perhaps not for amateurs? I’ll be ordering this colour chart forthwith.

  • Glyn Latham 14th September 2018 at 8:08 am

    Lovely colours but I can’t help wondering how many more paint companies do we need?

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