2020 has been the year when our homes have taken on a new meaning and purpose. When “sustainable” has become a growing word attached to almost everything to tap into the conscious consumer, but more so now in uncertain times sustainable has its own meaning- survival. When ”Staying in is the new going out” the lifestyle vibe from the year before took a new turn with a worldwide pandemic and ” stay home” got us all looking within and more so to those magnolia walls or tired paintwork, in blissful lockdown. With that in mind and a big emphasis on paints that breath and don’t cause respiratory issues and allergens due to their volatile organic compounds, here are my top five eco paint companies, with every other colour other than magnolia of course for your sustainable interior design needs.
Cornish Milk Paints
What can I say about this Cornish discovery that ooze paint appeal, with a splash of Cornish charm complete with packaging as if straight off the milk float. Their ‘Cornish’ Inspired Mineral Paint, that has been formulated to replicate an old traditional milk paint finish, combining their Eco-Friendly and Vegan Mineral Paint formula. Made from 100% Natural Ingredients & Earth Pigments that do not contain any nasty chemicals or toxins, which damage our health and environment. In an earthy mix of colours to transport you to the magical landscape of Cornwall itself. My favourite Sea Pink after The flower ”Sea Pink” is a beautiful wild flower which grows around our famous Cornish coastlines. cornishmilkmineralpaint.co.uk
Reborn paints have a reliable no fuss go-to sustainable paint range and have for many years been dedicated to the formulation of environmentally friendly paints as a family business. When it comes to breathable paint for sustainable interiors and neutrals I love Reborn paint colour Chalk Stone, which is spot one colour wise and indeed I should know having lived on the South Coast and North Downs where chalk is prevalent. For those that like a vibrant colour palette then they have 28 colour shades to choose from including their eco-paint colour, Olive Oxide – a refreshing green and their Stone Blue a vibrant uplifting teal. rebornpaints.co.uk
Earthborn clay paints have a luxurious mix of colours to choose from. Earthborn’s clay paint is virtually free of VOCs and other harmful emissions, being odour free, totally oil free and highly breathable, it also reduces dust and allergen build-up. For pink lover’s like me I love their Rosie Rosie a beautiful soft pink. For something a little more dramatic then why not try their Red Riding Hood, an earthy red that will be sure to create warmth and character to any room. earthbornpaints.co.uk
Little Greene’s eco paint range is a very English affair. Colours of England takes you on a nostalgic English journey of paint colours, with even their take on Magnolia in the colour mix. Their commitment to the protection of the environment saw them in 2004 as one of the first UK paint manufacturers to achieve the European environmental standard BS EN ISO 14001. Their water based paints have one of the industry’s lowest eco-rating, with VOC content now virtually zero. Meanwhile Little Green’s oil based paints have been delightfully reformulated using sustainable vegetable oils maintaining their quality and finish. For children their paints are toxic free opting for their Absolute Mat Emulsion, Intelligent Matt Emulsion and Intelligent Eggshell for furniture and woodwork. In fact I love their whole section devoted to child safe paints which come in a colourful choice children will love. littlegreene.com