How to select the right colour?
The V&A Classic Collection is curated into easy to use families of colour. A great way to layer colours within a room or a whole house is to choose V&A colours from the same page in the colour card, which have been grouped together to complement one another.
Can I use your colours in a modern house?
Absolutely, and because the V&A Classic Collection is designed for use in homes, the colours will bring a new level of quiet sophistication to traditional and modern rooms.
Are the V&A colours traditional or contemporary?
V&A Classic Collection colours comprise 40 easy to use tones, ranged into ten colour families. The palette includes both classic and modern colours but all are inspired by the V&A’s unique architecture and decorative interiors, allowing people to bring the palette of the Museum into their own homes.
How should I approach decorating a period house?
Most period properties have internal period features. Look closely at these, as they will determine which colours will work best in your chosen scheme.
Ensure your paint colours work with the room’s fireplaces, key pieces of furniture and the colour of any exposed stone or brickwork.
Choose softened whites and relaxed colours rather than bright colours.
Layer tones in each room by using more than one colour from the same page on the Classic Collection colour card for your schemes.
Where should I start when decorating a whole house quickly?
We suggest customers start by selecting from using the neutral colour groups shown in the V&A Classic Collection colour card and follow the steps below:
- Choose your favourite page from the first four pages in the Classic Collection colour card. These pages have 16 neutral colours, grouped into four families.
- Check the colours group you’ve selected works with your home’s existing architectural features (fireplaces, stonework, key items of furniture, anything you won’t paint).
- Change your chosen page if need be.
- Select from your final chosen colour group as follows: palest (or Godfrey’s White) for ceilings and some walls, second palest for remaining walls and some woodwork, including kitchen cabinetry if that needs painting, third palest for doors, small rooms and some other woodwork and the darkest for a feature room, feature wall or your kitchen island.
- If you would like to use pure white with any of the neutrals, add Godfrey’s White.
If you would like further help, email email@example.com to book a visit from a V&A colour consultant to help.
ABOUT THE PAINT
Are all your paints water based?
Yes, all V&A Classic Collection paints are water based and low odour.
The paint looks a bit thick – can I thin it down?
V&A Classic Collection paint can be thinned if required using up to 10% clean, cold water.
WHERE TO USE WHAT
Can I use interior paint outside?
Interior paint finishes are not recommended for use outside – even in sheltered areas.
What should I use to paint furniture I want to restore?
V&A Classic Collection Chalk paint is perfect to restore and refresh new, vintage or period wooden furniture because it requires very little surface preparation. Simply clean the item you are planning to paint, brush away any loose flakes and you are ready to go.
What should I use to paint my bedroom?
Paint bedroom walls and ceiling in Classic Collection emulsion. Doors, architraves, skirting boards and window frames can be painted in Eggshell or Chalk and wooden or painted furniture can be painted in Chalk or Eggshell.
What should I use to paint my kitchen?
Paint kitchen walls and ceiling in Classic Collection Emulsion. Doors, architraves, skirting boards and window frames can be painted in Eggshell and wooden or painted furniture can be painted in Eggshell or Chalk.
Any kitchen cabinetry should be painted in Eggshell finish
What should I paint my bathroom with?
Paint bathroom walls and ceiling in Classic Collection Emulsion. Doors, architraves, skirting boards and window frames can be painted in Eggshell and wooden or painted furniture can be painted in Chalk or Eggshell.
Can I use the eggshell outside?
Yes, Classic Collection Eggshell is designed for use outside as well as inside.
I’ve got a damp room in the house – should I use your masonry?
Never use external masonry paint inside, far better to use Classic Collection Emulsion on all internal walls.
What do you recommend for hallways?
Classic Collection emulsion is tough and strong enough for high traffic areas and will be perfect for use in a hallway.