Neutral colours for all!

For the last three weeks all I’ve known is paint. Matt emulsion, satin emulsion, vinyl emulsion, eggshell, soft distemper, full gloss.

Henceforth, an ode to paint, a poem in three parts: from Farrow & Ball, to Wickes’s own, via middle-of-the-road Dulux, neutrals for all.


Wimborne White,
Savage Ground,

Timeless, Misty Mountain:
a Frosted Dawn, like White Chiffon.

Maize, not Fudge.


Slipper Satin, a Cat’s Paw.
Dimity: Joa’s White,
Oxford Stone and London Stone,
Manor House Grey: Elephant’s Breath.

Nude Glow:
Vanilla White,
White Cotton,
with a Barley Twist.

Mushroom, Magnolia,
Harvest Moon. Seashell,
and Almond,
a Biscuit Crunch.


Hardwick White,
like Skimming Stone,
a Stoney Ground,
French Grey and Mizzle,
Cornford White.

White Handkerchief,
Perfect Oyster,
of Egyptian Cotton,
a Mellow Mocha,
Perfectly Taupe,
a Potters Wheel.

Natural Calico, Natural Wicker, Natural Hessian.

Ivory – Lily - Lace.
Cream, Soft Sand, like Pecan:
a Victorian White.

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