In August we were all excited to see the arrival of Annie’s latest Chalk Paint™ colour, Giverny.
Named after the village in Northern France where French Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived, Giverny is a bright and clean blue, perfect for modern or coastal inspired styles. This brilliant blue is closer to the greens in Annie’s palette, without any red in it that would deepen the colour.
The gorgeous side table above is a great example of just how bright Giverny is. By placing the green Antibes lamp and the English Yellow wooden bar in the frame you can see how Giverny complements them, rather than fades off into the background.
Giverny is also a perfect colour for white wax, as show on this farmhouse table makeover shared at Perfectly Imperfect. I’m using lots of white wax at the moment; it’s perfect for Annie’s deeper colours, but I’m using it on every Pure White piece at the moment too!
Giverny is the first of three new colours scheduled for launch this year, plus a new book by Annie titled ‘Paint Everything’. Can’t wait to share them with you! Don’t forget, if you sign up for our monthly newsletter you will receive 10% off a tin of our colour of the month!
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This months Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Graphite!
True to her fine arts background, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ doesn’t consist of a true black, but rather a charcoal or soft black, called Graphite. This colour has real depth and character to it, and tends to look lighter or darker depending upon the light it’s under. It also tends towards a deep blue hue, rather than a brown or yellow.
I’ve used quite a lot of Graphite in painting, it’s a real statement colour without being harsh. It works beautifully with the gold tones of the mirror above, of with the lovely bright colours in the buffet below.
I get a lot of clients who are unsure of whether Graphite will be too dark for their home, worrying that it will darken the rooms overall feel or make the room feel small. I find the key to using darker colours is to pair them with texture, light and mirrors! A worn Graphite finish, like in the buffet and hutch below, gives a vintage feel without becoming too rustic. The lighter colour in the back of the hutch also means that any display pieces will stand out.
Looking for a more true black? Then Annie’s new Black Wax directly over Graphite is perfect! Another trick is to add a little Aubusson Blue to your paint, in the ratio of around 1 part Graphite, 1/4 part Aubusson Blue.
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This month’s Chalk Paint™ colour of the month is Country Grey.
Country Grey is a putty colour, with a soft green / yellow tone. More a country or rustic colour, it’s perfect to use over or under other colours for two colour distress, or as a contrast to a bold colour such as Aubusson Blue or Scandinavian Pink.
The photo below is my latest finished piece in Country Grey, this time with Dark Wax. I was surprised with this piece – I love how neutral it is, and how easy it is to blend with the other colours around it.
I was second guessing myself constantly whilst painting; Country Grey isn’t a colour I’ve used a lot of of, and I’m often more inclined to use white or grey for a larger piece. But once finished I love the character and style of this one, to me it’s so very french country!
In the picture below you can see the contrast created by Annie using Country Grey and an Old White stencil. It also shows what a difference the dark wax makes; in the example above the brown tone of the dark wax has highlighted the green and yellow tones of the colour, in comparison to the one below using only clear wax and so the grey tone remains clearer.
The example below is a stunning piece completed by my friend Christy from Paint Me Shabby. When I first started the process to become an Annie Sloan stockist I was given Christy’s contact details as someone I could chat to about the ins and outs of stocking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. Christy kindly shared her experience and knowledge; it was so reassuring to chat to someone who’d been through the application process, had set up her business, and survived! She shared this beautiful sideboard back in April and it’s such a wonderful example of Country Grey and the perfect style for this colour I just had to share it. You can also find Christy on Facebook here.
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