Today, Crown has launched a new paint range called Vintage, in association with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. It’s a collection of 30 matt emulsions and will be sold in Homebase later this month (for £22.99 per 2.5l) coinciding neatly with the upcoming Vintage at Goodwood (well, actually it’s now at Southbank, London, cough) festival and the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. The colours are ‘inspired by music, fashion, film, art and design from the 1940s to the 1980s’ – I like their retro, groovy names such as ‘Chelsea Girl’ and ‘Free Love’, maan.

Here’s the 1970s-inspired ‘Bell Bottoms’ orange shade…and the 80s-tastic ‘Shoulder Pad Purple’ colour:

And, just for fun, here are Gerardine and Wayne (holding daffodils, of course) in what appears to be Paddington Bear’s house– Ellie

Forget stickers – stencils are back! Create a funky focal point with these wonderful wall stencils from young Swedish designer, Alex Mattsson. ‘Baroque Cats’ consists of two designs – a stack of classic books and a sitting cat. You can use them on their own, or together:


Designed as part of a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Crown paints, these stencils are perfect for giving an alcove some character. Designer Alex Mattsson is set to be a big name in the design world – he was hailed as ‘one to watch’ in Dazed and Confused last year and is currently completing his MA in Menswear at the Royal College of Art – but having seen these designs I think he’d be wasted in the fickle world of fashion! Let’s hope he sticks to interiors…I can imagine he’d create some gorgeous lampshades and cushions with his style.


One of his fellow Royal College of Art students, Kyu Seon Lee, has created a stunning stencil called ‘Image Furniture’. It’s a huge, ornate chandelier made out of household objects such as bottle openers, mugs and keys. Kyu says: ‘Some houses don’t have enough space or height to accommodate something as opulent as a chandelier, but with this stencil, it’s easy to integrate one into your home.” I think it looks fabulous:



All these wall stencils are available from The Stencil Library, priced from £50. It’s so refreshing to see some young designers’ work for a change. Let’s hope there are more collaborations like this in the future! – Ellie