THE world’s leading museum of art and design, The Victoria and Albert Museum launches a new interior paint range next year. The V&A Classic Paint Collection, inspired by the Museum’s interiors is hand-crafted by Master Paintmakers, a company whose heritage dates back to the 19th Century. Their sumptuous palette comprises 40 elegant colours designed to bring the very essence of the V&A’s interiors to the home. The Museum and Master Paintmakers will use the finest pigments to “achieve the highest quality paint product available in its category”.
A quick glimpse at the new range reveals a stunning new shade of teal, a hue designed to intensify the most romantic of settings. Owen’s Teal is inspired by Owen Jones’s fabulous Moorish patterns which adorned the V&A’s early interiors. A sensational background for neutrals and crisp white china, the colour is also striking with spicy orange accents or black.
The architect, Reuben Townroe produced the exterior mosaics for South Kensington Museum, as the V&A was once known. Reuben Red, produced for the museum’s new collection is a rich plummy hue that recalls the architect’s original designs. Highlight strong architectural features with Reuben Red for an assertive contemporary look. The colour also works well with neutrals and charcoal accents.
A 19th century plaster cast provided the inspiration for Trajan’s Column, a smooth contemporary white colour. It pairs well with Webb Grey named after the renowned architect, Aston Webb who designed the V&A’s main building and also the façade of Buckingham Palace.
The V&A Classic Collection will be available from retailers and online in Spring 2017. It comprises four finishes, Matt Emulsion, Eggshell, Gloss and Masonry and is suitable for furniture, walls, ceilings and woodwork both for interior and exterior surfaces.
by Miranda Charalambous
Front page image: V&A Classic Paint Collection in Opus Criminale
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