The brilliant furniture-making company Benchmark held one of its relatively regular workshops last month at its wondrous premises in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. Promoted by the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) it is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow interior designers, decorators, journalists and suppliers for a day of informative talks by a carefully selected panel.
This time, Interior Designer Edward Bulmer was talking about his new paint collection ‘Natural Paint’ and if, like me, you are already thinking that the paint market is already pretty saturated then Edward Bulmer was all about changing your mind. This wasn’t simply another paint card with interesting names but rather revisiting the recipe of paint: taking us back to its origins, its history and then asking us to think about the benefits – predominantly eco – of ridding ourselves of the chemicals used in binding paint (the stuff that helps it stick to the wall) and embracing the natural. Expensive you might think but not really particularly if you go along with the claim that only 2 coats are needed even for the darkest hue – in which case it becomes competitive – indeed compelling if you’re drawn to the idea of using paint that has a conscience!
We’re very keen to give Edward’s product a go particularly having seen the standard colour palette which Edward has subtitled ‘The Revival of NATURAL COLOUR in 72 shades’. We’re loving the rich yet soft ‘Sang de Boeuf” and the boldness of ‘Invisible Green’ which could look amazing as a backdrop for artwork if your redecorating your dining room or drawing room. There is also the facility for mixing any colour using the NCS paint referencing system. So, definitely one to keep on the radar. For more information please take a look at the website www.edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk