Using traditional paints as part of your decorating project


If you are lucky enough to live in more traditional surroundings, such as a listed town house or country cottage, it’s understandable that you would want to honour its history. This can be done perfectly when designing and decorating your home, inside or outside, by using more traditional paint options such as clay and distemper.

However, this is not the only reason for including historic paints in your decorating project, read on to discover more of the benefits.

What are traditional paints?

Traditional paints are made from the same materials and recipes that were historically used to decorate homes and buildings. This means that they are made using more natural ingredients such as chalk, lime, clay, and various oils and natural colourings.

Why use traditional paints?

Because of the materials used, traditional paints are often more environmentally friendly and kinder to your walls, ceilings, woodwork, and brickwork. With more of us becoming aware of our need to consider the environment, this is a great reason to look at using traditional paints.

They are also a fantastic choice for people who want to keep the use of chemicals in the home to a minimum. Many of the people we speak to about using traditional paints are parents who want to keep the home environment as free from toxins as they can. The materials used in traditional paints are all natural so they really are the best option when there are children around.

Where can you find traditional paints?

If you are considering the use of traditional paints, we are more than happy to advise and make recommendations. The materials used and the finish provided by historic paints are often suited to different areas of the home, so it’s always advisable to seek professional advice before you make a purchase.

Traditional paints can be purchased online or from specialist suppliers. One of the common misconceptions about using traditional paints is that because they are made using historic recipes that they are hard to find and only come in a limited range of colours. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, one of our favourite paint suppliers, Little Greene, has a great range of traditional paints available. Check out their Distemper and Limewash ranges to see just what’s possible.

For more information and advice about your options when it comes to using traditional paints as part of your decorating project, or for a free, no obligation quote, contact the Juniper Ash team today on 01664 851 502. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.