United Colours of Shabby Chic Surrey Furniture in 2012

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We are often asked about the colours that people choose for their shabby chic furniture. And, of course there’s a huge variety from which to choose. But, there are always some clear favourites every year.

Shabby chic colours of 2012

All The Shabby Chic Colours of 2012

There’s certainly a range of colours to choose from. Most of the shabby chic paints that we use are in the Farrow and Ball paint range. But we also paint with Annie Sloan chalk paints and other special finishes.

In 2012 our painted finishes trended towards the creams, whites and off-whites.

That’s not too surprising.

But we’ve also got one or two feature colours listed that we’ve painted on dressers, rocking chairs and some smaller items. Most are eggshell finishes that we prefer to work with. They have something like a 20% sheen. But, they are easy to work with and they have a good drying time. And, of course, they also take both the neutral and the coloured waxes very well.

The exceptions are the Annie Sloan chalk paints that have a matt finish but do take a neutral-coloured wax overlay very well. Dark waxes don’t seem to work quite so well with the lighter colours in the Annie Sloan paint range.

Shabby Chic Colours Of 2012

Here’s the list of the top ten eggshell and matt paint colours for the year:

2012 Colours

  • Pointing (Farrow and Ball)
  • White Tie (Farrow and Ball)
  • Wimborne White (Farrow and Ball)
  • Blackened (Farrow and Ball)
  • Old White (Annie Sloan)
  • Slipper Satin (Farrow and Ball)
  • French Gray (Farrow and Ball)
  • Cooking Apple Green (Farrow and Ball)
  • Scandinavian Pink (Annie Sloan)
  • Brilliant White (Homebase)

Just off the list was Off White by Farrow and Ball. There’s an example here with this shabby chic sideboard. Maybe next year we’ll see it in the list.

If you’ve got your eye on a paint finish that you’d like, you can always ask us to paint with it. During the year, for example, we painted with several of the Dulux, Johnstone's and Homebase heritage eggshell paints–and they made for a fine shabby-chic finish.

So, when you are ready to plan your next shabby chic colour scheme for the year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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About the Author Andrew

I'm the main shabby chic furniture painter at Surrey Heath-based business Shabby Chic Surrey. I can paint a whole range of furniture with a variety of paints and finishes.

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