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Lincoln students get confident with colour at Bell Decorating Academy thanks to Crown Paints

Working in collaboration with Bell Decorating Group, we marked the launch of the first Bell Decorating Academy in Lincoln with a morning of workshops for the students of Lincoln College.

The workshops were hosted in the recently-opened Decorating Academy at Lincoln College, which Bell Decorating Group created in partnership with us.

Representatives from Bell Decorating Group and Crown Paints were on hand to answer any questions the students had. Alongside Bell Decorating Group CEO, Craig Bell, contractor/specification sales manager for the central east region, Paul Burton, and Dave Hooper, regional sales manager central east attended the full session.

As part of the event, 27 full-time learners from the college’s painting and decorating courses had the opportunity to learn more about how to choose colour and the factors that play into it from our colour consultant Jemma Saunders.

Apprentice Decorator of the Year judge Kevin O’Donnell was also on hand to provide a demonstration of paint application, showing the benefits of our primers, the Fastflow system and Clean Extreme and provided hints and tips. We also donated products for the students to practice with after the event.

Paul Wilcockson, lecturer at Lincoln College, said: “The session gave our learners a real insight into what painting and decorating is all about in the real world. The event created a real impression upon them afterwards, and our full-time learners seemed to be very motivated and keen to progress with their tasks following the workshops.”

Colour consultant, Jemma, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bell Decorating Academy at Lincoln College, and I very much enjoyed meeting the students and encouraging them to think about how to apply their knowledge of colour to real-world situations where they might be called on to advise their clients.”

Bell Decorating Group’s Les Birtles, community engagement co-ordinator said: “The Bell Decorating Academy at Lincoln College is designed to support the painting and decorating students to gain valuable knowledge and fantastic work experience placements. It’s great to work collaboratively with Crown Paints again to give the students valuable knowledge and the hands-on nature of the morning helped them to improve their skills and their employability.”

Colourful trio of trends for 2019

We’ve launched three core colour trends which are set to shape interior design schemes for the first half of 2019 and beyond.

Our aim is to encourage everyone, whether specifying or painting, to have the confidence to experiment with colour, which is why we invest so much into developing fresh new colour trends each year. Several new colour schemes are devised each year to appeal as widely as possible to help decorators, DIYers and homeowners to find the perfect fit for every project.

The schemes are created by our own expert panel who devise a distinct identity for each trend as well as highlighting the hero shades and complementing tones within the three colour schemes, which this year have been identified as ‘Redefined’, ‘Movement’ and ‘Immersed’.

‘Redefined’ is based around a contemporary clash of chalky pinks and lilacs together with cement and charcoal greys to create a refined and sophisticated look. Concrete pavements and bright urban nightlife is the basis of the ‘Movement’ trend which pairs textured deep greys against a mix of vivid purple, teal or mustard along with bold geometric lines. While ‘Immersed’ takes its inspiration from the ocean with colours ranging from deep midnight blue to soft pastels and shimmering aqua marine shades.
Kathryn Lloyd, who is one of our colour specialists and part of our expert panel said: “Colour is at the heart of everything we do and we know how important it is to the success of any project, whatever the size or sector. We understand that colour is very personal which is why the trends we’ve created are deliberately fluid with plenty of scope for individual personality and style so you can really make it your own whether you choose to replicate a trend in its entirety or selectively use elements from one or more schemes.

“Looking to wider trends helps to keep a building’s décor looking fresh and new and drawing on the current season’s colour trends is the perfect way to add a different dimension to a project. We want to inspire our customers with the confidence to specify fresh new colour schemes for their projects and embrace the power of colour.”

Apprentice Decorator of the Year: celebrating the big 40

The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition is back and bigger than ever, with the nation’s best budding painters and decorators from colleges across the UK taking part.

And it’s a landmark year for us as the competition’s sponsor – we’ve now been supporting the contest for 40 years. We’ve got a full calendar of activity planned to mark the milestone, from special training days at our HQ to exclusive offers and deals via our network of 150 Crown Decorating Centers.
Apprentices can sign up to take part in one of 11 regional heats of the competition, which is organised by Worldskills and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Despite its long history, the main element of the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition has remained the same: testing apprentices on their decorating technique, accuracy and attention to detail. The designs are carefully created to test multiple skills and have changed over the years to mirror the fashions of the time or key events, such as last year’s design inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Last year’s ‘gold’ winner, 22-year-old
Aiden Dearie of City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College, was chosen after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.
Apprentices can apply to take part in this year’s competition from 1st March to 5th April 2019, with the 11 regional heats set to begin at Belfast Metropolitan College on 22nd March, and conclude at South Devon College on 13th June 2019. Any student or apprentice attending a recognised painting and decorating training course, run by an NVQ/SVQ accredited college, training provider or training scheme can enter.

The final will be held during this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 21st to 23rd November 2019. It is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and covers a range of skills and sectors from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

Commenting on the launch of the 2019 competition, Ben Deer, assistant judge and former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winner, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting the next crop of talented apprentice decorators over the course of the competition, and I’m excited to see what Crown has up its sleeve for the 40 year anniversary of its sponsorship.

“The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition has a rich history of unearthing very skilled painters and decorators; for example, last year’s winner has already been offered a full-time job with City Building Glasgow as a result of winning the award.

“Taking part teaches you a lot about attention to detail, as well as working tidily and to a deadline – all vital skills for building a successful career in the future, so I’d urge any apprentice decorators who want to challenge themselves to sign up as soon as applications open!”

Applications for the special 40th anniversary Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2019 competition will be open until Friday 5th April 2019.

Clean Extreme goes for gold with DIY Week Awards

The accolades keep rolling in for our Clean Extreme range, with our Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt being named as a finalist in the prestigious DIY Week Awards.
The DIY Week awards look to reward forward-thinking companies, innovative products and inspirational people within the DIY, home improvement and garden sectors, so we’re very proud to see Clean Extreme named alongside some of the industry’s leading brands.

Our durable, scrubbable matt paint has been shortlisted in the ‘Decorating Products of the Year’ category after a rigorous judging process during which the awards scheme’s judges had the opportunity to test the product.

The shortlisting follows last year’s impressive news, when Clean Extreme was voted Best Trade Durable Matt in the Market by the members of the Decorators Forum, in recognition of its market-leading quality.

Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has an impressive durability level of 10,000 scrubs and has been specifically developed to retain its flat matt appearance and ‘just painted’ appeal even after rigorous cleaning, making it ideally suited to high traffic areas such as hallways and corridors

Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt is part of our range of high-performance water-based paints which offers quick drying and low odour solutions to creating clean and hygienic surfaces.

Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt is the ideal choice for areas that are prone to damp and mould, and is highly resistant to stains. For even greater protection, our Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt, is enhanced with independently tested SteriTouch® silver ion technology to limit the growth of bacteria. For surfaces required to be clean with a bit of sheen, the full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell finish.

Easy does it with Crown’s Clean Extreme product performance guide

We’ve launched a comprehensive new product performance guide to support our market-leading and recently expanded Clean Extreme range of high performance water-based paints.

Last year we extended the Clean Extreme range to arm professional painters and decorators with the tools needed to win the fight against stains, dirt, mould and bacteria. The new Clean Extreme product performance guide is packed full of information along with advice and tips to ensure specifiers select the most appropriate paint for each job and decorators get the very best finish every time.

The Clean Extreme range features a trio of high performance paints - Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt, Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt and Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt. For projects requiring a sheen rather than matt finish, the full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell finish. Each product within the range has undergone rigorous independent scientific testing to strict industry standards and the new guide explains all about the tests as well as the results.

In terms of scrubbablity, we use the industry-recognised ISO 11998 test, against which all the Clean Extreme matt products achieved a Class 1 rating, equivalent to withstanding 10,000 scrubs before the paint film will start to break down. The guide also explains how we test Clean Extreme products for their resistance to common household stains including red wine, coffee, curry, shoe polish and various pens and markers. The same stain resistance tests are carried out on leading competitor products to ensure Clean Extreme remains ahead of the curve.

In addition, the product performance guide highlights the fungal tests used to put Clean Extreme mould-inhibiting paints through their paces. And explains how, with the addition of SteriTouch technology, Clean Extreme anti-bacterial products are 99.99% certified to kill bacteria, preventing bacteria growth on a surface.

Pick up a copy of the printed guide from your nearest Crown Trade stockist or download a digital copy of the brochure from the Crown Trade website to find out all you need to know about Clean Extreme.

Crown’s new colour card brings the past to life

Hundreds of years of interior design inspiration is now at your fingertips thanks to our new Historic and Classic colour guide.

Incorporating high quality mounted colour chips for a premium feel, the new colour card combines the most popular shades from across our Historic and Classic colour collections – making it easier than ever for trade professionals and their customers to select the perfect shade.

For those looking to capture the style of a particular era, there’s our authentic Historic Colour collection, which brings to life the defining design trends from nine different periods from Classical, Palladian and Neo-Classical, to Regency, Arts & Crafts, Gothic Revival, Victorian Eclectic and Art Deco. The new guide also features our Classic Collection which comprises a stunning selection of timeless neutrals such as the subtle shade of Pleasington White, the grey tones of Cloister or the blue notes of Lakehouse, that never go out of fashion.

The colours are available in a wide range of finishes, including matt and silk vinyl, acrylic eggshell and full gloss, making the collection suitable for a wide range of applications and projects. Selected colours are also available within two of our most innovative paint systems – Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Acrylic Eggshell and Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss and Quick Dry Satin.

The new Historic and Classic colour guide is available on request from your local Crown Trade stockist.

2018 Apprentice Decorator of the year winner is crowned

Aiden Dearie has been chosen as the ‘gold’ winner of the 2018 Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.

The final pitted our seven regional winners against each other as they undertook a timed challenge: completing a design which commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, marking the end of the First World War. The artwork was devised by our in-house design studio specially for the competition.

During the final, each apprentice had 18 hours in total to complete the challenge under the watchful eye of our competition judges, including Kevin O’Donnell, our training manager, and Sandie Webster and Ben Deer, both former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winners.

Aiden, a 22-year-old apprentice who is completing his SVQ Level 3 Painting and Decorating at City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College demonstrated excellent attention to detail. We were all impressed with his skill with both matt paint and trim work, and for completing the design well within the timeframe to an exceptionally high standard. He also scored highly in terms of his accuracy and finesse, and for his tidy working area.

The annual competition, which is now in its 39th year, is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.


This year’s silver medallist was 19-year-old Thomas Nowell of Truro and Penwith College, while 19-year-old Bridie Kilby of Leicester College took the bronze.

The final was held as part of the SkillBuild event, organised by CITB as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 15th to 17th November. It is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and covers a range of skills and sectors from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

Crown brings colour to the Danish living room


The very best of Nordic design found a home at this year’s London Design Fair (September 20th -24th) in the shape of the stunning Danish Living Room, a unique exhibition space which showcases a selection of inspirational products, materials and styles that capture and celebrate Danish culture. We provided the attractive backdrop to the installation by donating 70 litres of Clean Extreme Scrubabble Matt in a range of complementary colours to help create a truly immersive visitor experience.

The Danish Living Room was hosted by the Embassy of Denmark in the UK to celebrate the country’s strong tradition of high quality and inspiration design. As part of the Hempel Group, which has its headquarters in Copenhagen, we were keen to pay homage to our Danish heritage by supplying the paint for the walls and ceilings of the stand.

With help from our in-house colour services and specification teams, the perfect colour palette was devised to decorate several individual areas of the stand, many of which have been further accentuated through the use of soft lamp lighting. Owing to the high-traffic nature of the show and the fact that the exhibition space was required to look its best throughout the duration of the event, we recommended high performance Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt. Combining high opacity and excellent colour vibrancy, Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt has been specifically formulated to retain its ‘just decorated’ appearance even after repeated wiping and scrubbing.

After a successful few days at the London Design Fair, in which time the Danish Living Room enjoyed hundreds of visitors, the walls and ceilings needed to be painted back to their original colour and we assisted once again by supplying Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt. As the exhibition space is used for many different events, the long-lasting and high quality finished offered by Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt will not only help keep the venue looking cleaner and brighter for longer but will also help reduce future maintenance requirements.

Crown Paints forecasts next season’s hottest colour influences

Our very own colour experts have unveiled three new colour trends which are set to influence colour schemes for the next season.

With a real passion for colour, our panel of six colour experts comprises consultants, specialists and designers. Drawing on their collective experience working across different sectors from interior design to fashion, the team determines key colour influences each year by assessing and interpreting current and future global trends. Their aim is to inspire architects, specifiers and building owners alike to feel confident in choosing colour to create statement colour schemes.

This year our colour experts have identified three core colour trends; ‘Saturated’, ‘Washed’ and ‘Midnight Garden’, each with its own distinctive look. The three trends include a palette of signature colours and supporting accent tones together with more neutral hues and is about how the colours interact with each other together to create a fresh space.

‘Saturated’ is all about seeing the world as if through the lens of a camera and so the colours are intensified and infused together to create something that feels unreal. Vivid greens, saturated reds, burnt oranges and an intense blue come together in an energetic palette that shows a complete disregard for the rules.

Mirroring the natural beauty of weathered, eroded surfaces, faded fabrics, bleached linens and chalky, earthy tones, ‘Washed’ is a quiet, contemplative palette of muted hues. Soft faded lilacs, greens, blues combine with neutral cream to create a palette anchored in the natural world.
The atmospheric ‘Midnight Garden’ trend is characterised by deep and moody tones paired with dusky highlights and is designed to be a celebration of nature at night. Taking inspiration from the evening shadows it features inky blues, warming plums and tonal navy blues, softened with wispy lilacs and neutral greys for a cosy winter scheme.

Kathryn Lloyd, our colour specialist said: “Colour is intrinsic to any interior design. Whether specifying a colour scheme for a large-scale project or working with individual clients, it’s useful to have a good understanding of the trends which are likely to shape the future of our homes and public spaces. This is why we put so much emphasis to bring together the latest colour influences.

“We get together annually to look at a diverse range of trends before distilling them down into core colour influences to provide something to suit all tastes. With the option to take as much or as little inspiration from each, there’s freedom to create a completely unique interior design with a nod to current design trends and designs.”

Our Colour Services team is on hand to offer expert assistance and advice on all aspects of colour specification. As well as providing bespoke colour cards and a colour library the team can also guide specifiers through the process of creating individual colour schemes, tailored to clients’ requirements.

Introducing 100 per cent recycled plastic containers

We’ve become the first paint manufacturer in the UK to launch paint containers made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.

The plastic 2.5 litre and 5 litre containers, which will soon be available across the Crown Paints’ family of products starting with our retail range, have been manufactured by packaging solutions expert Emballator, using 100 per cent post-consumer waste (PCW) plastic for each container.

The innovative manufacturing process will ultimately save thousands of tonnes of PCW plastic from otherwise ending up in landfill. Once sorted, the PCW plastic is turned into individual pellets which are then dyed and moulded to create the containers, with the dark grey colour making them instantly recognisable. The paint containers are also fully recyclable once empty and clean – adding to their sustainability credentials.

Julie Entwistle, our packaging buyer said: “We’ve invested a great deal in creating this innovative new packaging and have worked closely with the Emballator team to create a product which is made entirely from recycled plastic. This marks a significant improvement to the plastic paint containers manufactured from 25 per cent recycled plastic which are currently available in the UK.”

Clean and hygienic paint solutions from Crown Trade

As well as providing colour, paint should also provide protection which is why we’ve extended our Clean Extreme range to offer specifiers a trio of high performance products to help combat the common problems of dirt, mould and bacteria.

The range offers three effective solutions to creating clean and hygienic surfaces and features Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt, Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt. The full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell mid sheen finish.

For surfaces that need to be hygienically clean, such as healthcare facilities, our Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt provides a high quality anti-bacterial finish, enhanced through the use of the independently tested SteriTouch® silver ion technology which protects against the growth of bacteria. As well as being stain resistant, Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt has been specifically formulated to withstand rigorous cleaning and scrubbing to give extra peace of mind.

Specifically developed to help minimise maintenance requirements in high traffic areas,
our Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has an impressive durability level of 10,000 scrubs and has been specifically developed to retain its flat matt appearance and ‘just painted’ appeal even after rigorous cleaning. Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has also been independently tested to ISO 11998 Class 1 scrub rating for guaranteed results. Recently voted ‘Best Trade Durable Matt in the Market’ by the Decorators Forum - an online hub for thousands of professional painters and decorators across the UK - Clean Extreme offers a high performance, low maintenance finish that is also easy to apply.

For areas prone to condensation such as kitchens and bathrooms as well as void properties, our Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt can offer long lasting protection from unsightly and unhygienic mould. Combining a high opacity matt formulation with a built in fungicide that puts a stop to mould growth on the paint film, unlike other anti-mould paints on the market, Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt is highly resistant to stains and can be repeatedly cleaned and scrubbed without any detriment to the finish.

What’s more, the full Clean Extreme range is available in hundreds of tinted colours to help create stylish and attractive décor schemes that are both colourful and clean.

Crown Paints Exterior colour book seeks to educate and inspire

We’ve launched a new Exterior Colour Book as a key aid for specifiers and designers.

The Exterior Colour Book has been created by our in-house Colour Service to offer guidance and inspiration for exterior decoration projects and includes details on our Sandtex Trade and Sadolin product ranges.

When selecting colour schemes for exterior projects, personal preference is sometimes secondary to concerns such as impact on the local context and the relevant planning regulations. That’s why the Exterior Colour Book provides information about the built environment, covering topics such as historical styles, geology and local materials, regional colours and colour application.

As well as information about how colour interplays with the surrounding environment and architectural styles, the Exterior Colour Book includes details of how colour influences people’s sense of place and even their mood.

Commenting on the launch of the Exterior Colour Book, Kathryn Lloyd Crown Paints’ colour specialist said: “The Colour Book is a helpful aid for any designers or specifiers tasked with decorating the exterior of buildings and outdoor environments who are looking for colour inspiration. But we know that exterior design goes beyond simple colour palettes to consider the context and history of the space.

“For example, using a bright saturated colour on a historic building can be jarring, while using darker colours on large solid structures can make them appear heavy or oppressive. Our Exterior Colour Book addresses all these issues and more, making it easier for specifiers to make a considered choice.”

Our Colour Services team is on hand to offer expert assistance and advice on all aspects of colour specification, including considerations about colour psychology, information on how to meet specific building regulations and the latest colour trends. As well as providing bespoke colour cards and a colour library the team can also guide specifiers through the process of devising individual colour schemes, using computer aided design where appropriate.

COLOUR YOUR THINKING WITH CROWN’S NEW FASTFLOW GUIDE

For a straightforward and easy guide to quick drying water-based paint solutions, Crown has it covered thanks to the launch of a new product guide for the innovative Fastflow range.

The new literature provides specifiers with a useful overview of the key product details and benefits of Crown Trade’s Quick Drying Fastflow System, which includes gloss, satin and a primer undercoat. Specifically developed for use on interior and exterior joinery and metalwork, the range benefits from our innovative Breatheasy® technology, which helps to eliminate any strong odours and makes it ideally suited to projects where a quick turnaround and high quality finish is required.

With the full Fastflow system now available in a choice of hundreds of tinted colours from the Crown Trade Colour Collection Fan, the new literature is a convenient reference tool to assist in the specification of water-based trim products. The guide also provides a useful introduction to some of our other product innovations including the Clean Extreme range of scrubbable matt and durable acrylic eggshell paints.

Crown Paints unveils new product & colour guide

We have launched a comprehensive new Product & Colour Guide to make it even easier for specifiers to choose from our extensive range of Crown Trade paints, specialist coatings and colour options.

The new guide includes key information for our complete product offering, from interior and exterior paints to protective floor coatings and specialists solutions such as the Crown Trade Timonox flame retardant range – all grouped into clearly defined sections for ease of reference.

Our new Product & Colour Guide also provides specifiers with access to the most popular colours and BS and RAL colour options. Benefiting from Crown Paint’s colour expertise, the new resource includes inspiration and guidance on choosing effective colour schemes and what to consider in terms of a room’s size, use and lighting conditions. The guide also provides an introduction to the Crown Paints Colour Influences programme, which sees an expert panel of consultants, specialists and designers compile seasonal collections based on the latest colour trends.

PFH Live 2018

Crown Paints will be addressing the key issues of fire safety, colour schemes and maintenance cycles at the forthcoming Procurement for Housing (PfH) Live conference.

The event takes place from June 26th-28th as part of the annual Chartered Institute of Housing event in Manchester.

From stand P66, members of Crown’s Specification team will be on hand to offer tailored advice to specifiers working in the social housing sector, providing guidance on extending maintenance cycles, creating attractive and inclusive colour schemes and selecting the most effective paint products for both interior and exterior decoration projects.

Visitors to Crown Paints’ stand will also be able to find out more about the company’s extensive range of high-performance paints and specialist coatings which includes Crown Trade Timonox, an innovative flame retardant paint system that inhibits the spread of fire and can help housing providers comply to the relevant fire and safety standards.

As well as enhancing the appearance of interior walls and ceilings, the combination of one coat of Crown Trade Timonox Upgrade basecoat followed by two coats of Crown Trade Timonox Emulsion topcoat can upgrade surfaces from a class 4 to a class 0 rating. As the Crown Trade Timonox system can be applied over multiple layers of existing paint, it is also ideally suited for refurbishment projects, offering a cost-effective solution to improving the fire safety standards of existing housing stock.

Ian Lealand, Crown Paints Business Development Manager, commented: “Here at Crown Paints, we understand that the social housing sector faces unique challenges and we are committed to ensuring that we can offer specifiers a comprehensive range of solutions, both in terms of our extensive portfolio of high performance paint products and our in-house technical expertise. From dealing with budget constraints to achieving compliance with numerous regulations, social housing providers need products that perform as well as they look and we are looking forward to speaking directly with specifiers at the PfH Live event to identify the ways in which Crown Paints can assist them with their next project.”

CROWN TRADE FASTFLOW SYSTEM NOW IN FULL COLOUR

Already a popular choice with trade contractors and specifiers thanks to its quick-drying and low-odour properties, our full range of Fastflow water-based trim paints is now available in a choice of hundreds of different colours.

Following on from the successful introduction of limited tinted colour options for our Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, additional colours are now available across the full range, which also includes Fastflow Quick Dry Satin and Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat.

Combining the performance characteristics of an oil-based system with all the benefits of innovative water-based technology, the Fastflow range offers the ideal solution for contracts where a quick turnaround and high quality finish is required. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the Fastflow system’s quick-dry formulation can help reduce time and labour on site by enabling two coats to be applied in one day.

Thanks to the use of our innovative Breatheasy® technology, the water-based system also offers a practical alternative to the use of solvent-based paints by eliminating any unpleasant odours. This not only helps to create a more pleasant working environment for both the contractor and customer but makes it ideally suited for use in kitchens and food preparation areas or in rooms that need to be occupied soon after painting.

The best features of oil-based trim products have also been embraced, with the Fastflow system offering excellent flow, wet-edge retention and workability to minimise brush marks, whilst giving a high-quality, high-sheen finish that is both durable and resistant to yellowing.

The Fastflow system is available from leading independent merchants and the nationwide network of Crown Decorating Centres.

Crown Sponsors Great British Stories on 5

Have you seen us on Channel 5? We’ve just agreed a major new sponsorship deal for the channel’s popular Great British Stories programmes which will run throughout the year so keep an eye out for them.

The fun 10 second idents will be shown before and after the advert breaks during each Great British Stories programme broadcast between now and the end of the year. The 12 programmes, which are a mix of one-off documentaries and multi-episode runs, cover topics including British history, landscapes and architecture.

Featuring cultural treasures such as the National Trust, Buckingham Palace and the Flying Scotsman, Channel 5’s Great British Stories also provide an insight into people living and working in all corners of Britain. As a British institution and proud holder of the royal warrant ourselves, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Great British Stories series and hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did making them.

The idents feature products from across the Crown Paints family including Crown Trade, Crown Decorating Centres and Sandtex – see if you can spot them all and let us know what you think.

Turning up the heat for the Apprentice Decorator of the Year

The search to find the UK’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year is now underway, with painters and decorators from across the UK brushing up their skills for the regional heats of the competition.
Apprentices are currently taking part in the regional heats in the competition, which is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.

The competitors will be put through their paces by the judges, including lead judge Kevin O’Donnell, Crown Paints training manager, as they undertake a series of decorating tasks which will test their skills using different products and surfaces.

Entrants will be given six hours to display a range of skills, with judges looking out for attention to detail, accuracy and finesse. The competitors must also demonstrate the ability to maintain a tidy working area and work safely, with points deducted for those who fail to do so.

Once all regional heats are completed, those competitors who scored highly enough will be invited to take part in the national final at SkillBuild UK, which takes place at WorldSkills UK LIVE at Birmingham’s NEC in November. SkillBuild, delivered by CITB, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

We’d like to wish all those taking part the best of luck and look forward to seeing the best up-and-coming decorators in the UK in action!

Lincoln students get confident with colour at Bell Decorating Academy thanks to Crown Paints

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Working in collaboration with Bell Decorating Group, we marked the launch of the first Bell Decorating Academy in Lincoln with a morning of workshops for the students of Lincoln College.

The workshops were hosted in the recently-opened Decorating Academy at Lincoln College, which Bell Decorating Group created in partnership with us.

Representatives from Bell Decorating Group and Crown Paints were on hand to answer any questions the students had. Alongside Bell Decorating Group CEO, Craig Bell, contractor/specification sales manager for the central east region, Paul Burton, and Dave Hooper, regional sales manager central east attended the full session.

As part of the event, 27 full-time learners from the college’s painting and decorating courses had the opportunity to learn more about how to choose colour and the factors that play into it from our colour consultant Jemma Saunders.

Apprentice Decorator of the Year judge Kevin O’Donnell was also on hand to provide a demonstration of paint application, showing the benefits of our primers, the Fastflow system and Clean Extreme and provided hints and tips. We also donated products for the students to practice with after the event.

Paul Wilcockson, lecturer at Lincoln College, said: “The session gave our learners a real insight into what painting and decorating is all about in the real world. The event created a real impression upon them afterwards, and our full-time learners seemed to be very motivated and keen to progress with their tasks following the workshops.”

Colour consultant, Jemma, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bell Decorating Academy at Lincoln College, and I very much enjoyed meeting the students and encouraging them to think about how to apply their knowledge of colour to real-world situations where they might be called on to advise their clients.”

Bell Decorating Group’s Les Birtles, community engagement co-ordinator said: “The Bell Decorating Academy at Lincoln College is designed to support the painting and decorating students to gain valuable knowledge and fantastic work experience placements. It’s great to work collaboratively with Crown Paints again to give the students valuable knowledge and the hands-on nature of the morning helped them to improve their skills and their employability.”

Colourful trio of trends for 2019

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We’ve launched three core colour trends which are set to shape interior design schemes for the first half of 2019 and beyond.

Our aim is to encourage everyone, whether specifying or painting, to have the confidence to experiment with colour, which is why we invest so much into developing fresh new colour trends each year. Several new colour schemes are devised each year to appeal as widely as possible to help decorators, DIYers and homeowners to find the perfect fit for every project.

The schemes are created by our own expert panel who devise a distinct identity for each trend as well as highlighting the hero shades and complementing tones within the three colour schemes, which this year have been identified as ‘Redefined’, ‘Movement’ and ‘Immersed’.

‘Redefined’ is based around a contemporary clash of chalky pinks and lilacs together with cement and charcoal greys to create a refined and sophisticated look. Concrete pavements and bright urban nightlife is the basis of the ‘Movement’ trend which pairs textured deep greys against a mix of vivid purple, teal or mustard along with bold geometric lines. While ‘Immersed’ takes its inspiration from the ocean with colours ranging from deep midnight blue to soft pastels and shimmering aqua marine shades.
Kathryn Lloyd, who is one of our colour specialists and part of our expert panel said: “Colour is at the heart of everything we do and we know how important it is to the success of any project, whatever the size or sector. We understand that colour is very personal which is why the trends we’ve created are deliberately fluid with plenty of scope for individual personality and style so you can really make it your own whether you choose to replicate a trend in its entirety or selectively use elements from one or more schemes.

“Looking to wider trends helps to keep a building’s décor looking fresh and new and drawing on the current season’s colour trends is the perfect way to add a different dimension to a project. We want to inspire our customers with the confidence to specify fresh new colour schemes for their projects and embrace the power of colour.”

Apprentice Decorator of the Year: celebrating the big 40

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The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition is back and bigger than ever, with the nation’s best budding painters and decorators from colleges across the UK taking part.

And it’s a landmark year for us as the competition’s sponsor – we’ve now been supporting the contest for 40 years. We’ve got a full calendar of activity planned to mark the milestone, from special training days at our HQ to exclusive offers and deals via our network of 150 Crown Decorating Centers.
Apprentices can sign up to take part in one of 11 regional heats of the competition, which is organised by Worldskills and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Despite its long history, the main element of the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition has remained the same: testing apprentices on their decorating technique, accuracy and attention to detail. The designs are carefully created to test multiple skills and have changed over the years to mirror the fashions of the time or key events, such as last year’s design inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Last year’s ‘gold’ winner, 22-year-old
Aiden Dearie of City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College, was chosen after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.
Apprentices can apply to take part in this year’s competition from 1st March to 5th April 2019, with the 11 regional heats set to begin at Belfast Metropolitan College on 22nd March, and conclude at South Devon College on 13th June 2019. Any student or apprentice attending a recognised painting and decorating training course, run by an NVQ/SVQ accredited college, training provider or training scheme can enter.

The final will be held during this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 21st to 23rd November 2019. It is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and covers a range of skills and sectors from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

Commenting on the launch of the 2019 competition, Ben Deer, assistant judge and former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winner, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting the next crop of talented apprentice decorators over the course of the competition, and I’m excited to see what Crown has up its sleeve for the 40 year anniversary of its sponsorship.

“The Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition has a rich history of unearthing very skilled painters and decorators; for example, last year’s winner has already been offered a full-time job with City Building Glasgow as a result of winning the award.

“Taking part teaches you a lot about attention to detail, as well as working tidily and to a deadline – all vital skills for building a successful career in the future, so I’d urge any apprentice decorators who want to challenge themselves to sign up as soon as applications open!”

Applications for the special 40th anniversary Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year 2019 competition will be open until Friday 5th April 2019.

Clean Extreme goes for gold with DIY Week Awards

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The accolades keep rolling in for our Clean Extreme range, with our Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt being named as a finalist in the prestigious DIY Week Awards.
The DIY Week awards look to reward forward-thinking companies, innovative products and inspirational people within the DIY, home improvement and garden sectors, so we’re very proud to see Clean Extreme named alongside some of the industry’s leading brands.

Our durable, scrubbable matt paint has been shortlisted in the ‘Decorating Products of the Year’ category after a rigorous judging process during which the awards scheme’s judges had the opportunity to test the product.

The shortlisting follows last year’s impressive news, when Clean Extreme was voted Best Trade Durable Matt in the Market by the members of the Decorators Forum, in recognition of its market-leading quality.

Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has an impressive durability level of 10,000 scrubs and has been specifically developed to retain its flat matt appearance and ‘just painted’ appeal even after rigorous cleaning, making it ideally suited to high traffic areas such as hallways and corridors

Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt is part of our range of high-performance water-based paints which offers quick drying and low odour solutions to creating clean and hygienic surfaces.

Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt is the ideal choice for areas that are prone to damp and mould, and is highly resistant to stains. For even greater protection, our Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt, is enhanced with independently tested SteriTouch® silver ion technology to limit the growth of bacteria. For surfaces required to be clean with a bit of sheen, the full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell finish.

Easy does it with Crown’s Clean Extreme product performance guide

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We’ve launched a comprehensive new product performance guide to support our market-leading and recently expanded Clean Extreme range of high performance water-based paints.

Last year we extended the Clean Extreme range to arm professional painters and decorators with the tools needed to win the fight against stains, dirt, mould and bacteria. The new Clean Extreme product performance guide is packed full of information along with advice and tips to ensure specifiers select the most appropriate paint for each job and decorators get the very best finish every time.

The Clean Extreme range features a trio of high performance paints - Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt, Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt and Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt. For projects requiring a sheen rather than matt finish, the full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell finish. Each product within the range has undergone rigorous independent scientific testing to strict industry standards and the new guide explains all about the tests as well as the results.

In terms of scrubbablity, we use the industry-recognised ISO 11998 test, against which all the Clean Extreme matt products achieved a Class 1 rating, equivalent to withstanding 10,000 scrubs before the paint film will start to break down. The guide also explains how we test Clean Extreme products for their resistance to common household stains including red wine, coffee, curry, shoe polish and various pens and markers. The same stain resistance tests are carried out on leading competitor products to ensure Clean Extreme remains ahead of the curve.

In addition, the product performance guide highlights the fungal tests used to put Clean Extreme mould-inhibiting paints through their paces. And explains how, with the addition of SteriTouch technology, Clean Extreme anti-bacterial products are 99.99% certified to kill bacteria, preventing bacteria growth on a surface.

Pick up a copy of the printed guide from your nearest Crown Trade stockist or download a digital copy of the brochure from the Crown Trade website to find out all you need to know about Clean Extreme.

Crown’s new colour card brings the past to life

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Hundreds of years of interior design inspiration is now at your fingertips thanks to our new Historic and Classic colour guide.

Incorporating high quality mounted colour chips for a premium feel, the new colour card combines the most popular shades from across our Historic and Classic colour collections – making it easier than ever for trade professionals and their customers to select the perfect shade.

For those looking to capture the style of a particular era, there’s our authentic Historic Colour collection, which brings to life the defining design trends from nine different periods from Classical, Palladian and Neo-Classical, to Regency, Arts & Crafts, Gothic Revival, Victorian Eclectic and Art Deco. The new guide also features our Classic Collection which comprises a stunning selection of timeless neutrals such as the subtle shade of Pleasington White, the grey tones of Cloister or the blue notes of Lakehouse, that never go out of fashion.

The colours are available in a wide range of finishes, including matt and silk vinyl, acrylic eggshell and full gloss, making the collection suitable for a wide range of applications and projects. Selected colours are also available within two of our most innovative paint systems – Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Acrylic Eggshell and Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss and Quick Dry Satin.

The new Historic and Classic colour guide is available on request from your local Crown Trade stockist.

2018 Apprentice Decorator of the year winner is crowned

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Aiden Dearie has been chosen as the ‘gold’ winner of the 2018 Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.

The final pitted our seven regional winners against each other as they undertook a timed challenge: completing a design which commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, marking the end of the First World War. The artwork was devised by our in-house design studio specially for the competition.

During the final, each apprentice had 18 hours in total to complete the challenge under the watchful eye of our competition judges, including Kevin O’Donnell, our training manager, and Sandie Webster and Ben Deer, both former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winners.

Aiden, a 22-year-old apprentice who is completing his SVQ Level 3 Painting and Decorating at City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College demonstrated excellent attention to detail. We were all impressed with his skill with both matt paint and trim work, and for completing the design well within the timeframe to an exceptionally high standard. He also scored highly in terms of his accuracy and finesse, and for his tidy working area.

The annual competition, which is now in its 39th year, is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.


This year’s silver medallist was 19-year-old Thomas Nowell of Truro and Penwith College, while 19-year-old Bridie Kilby of Leicester College took the bronze.

The final was held as part of the SkillBuild event, organised by CITB as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 15th to 17th November. It is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and covers a range of skills and sectors from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

Crown brings colour to the Danish living room

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The very best of Nordic design found a home at this year’s London Design Fair (September 20th -24th) in the shape of the stunning Danish Living Room, a unique exhibition space which showcases a selection of inspirational products, materials and styles that capture and celebrate Danish culture. We provided the attractive backdrop to the installation by donating 70 litres of Clean Extreme Scrubabble Matt in a range of complementary colours to help create a truly immersive visitor experience.

The Danish Living Room was hosted by the Embassy of Denmark in the UK to celebrate the country’s strong tradition of high quality and inspiration design. As part of the Hempel Group, which has its headquarters in Copenhagen, we were keen to pay homage to our Danish heritage by supplying the paint for the walls and ceilings of the stand.

With help from our in-house colour services and specification teams, the perfect colour palette was devised to decorate several individual areas of the stand, many of which have been further accentuated through the use of soft lamp lighting. Owing to the high-traffic nature of the show and the fact that the exhibition space was required to look its best throughout the duration of the event, we recommended high performance Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt. Combining high opacity and excellent colour vibrancy, Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt has been specifically formulated to retain its ‘just decorated’ appearance even after repeated wiping and scrubbing.

After a successful few days at the London Design Fair, in which time the Danish Living Room enjoyed hundreds of visitors, the walls and ceilings needed to be painted back to their original colour and we assisted once again by supplying Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt. As the exhibition space is used for many different events, the long-lasting and high quality finished offered by Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt will not only help keep the venue looking cleaner and brighter for longer but will also help reduce future maintenance requirements.

Crown Paints forecasts next season’s hottest colour influences

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Our very own colour experts have unveiled three new colour trends which are set to influence colour schemes for the next season.

With a real passion for colour, our panel of six colour experts comprises consultants, specialists and designers. Drawing on their collective experience working across different sectors from interior design to fashion, the team determines key colour influences each year by assessing and interpreting current and future global trends. Their aim is to inspire architects, specifiers and building owners alike to feel confident in choosing colour to create statement colour schemes.

This year our colour experts have identified three core colour trends; ‘Saturated’, ‘Washed’ and ‘Midnight Garden’, each with its own distinctive look. The three trends include a palette of signature colours and supporting accent tones together with more neutral hues and is about how the colours interact with each other together to create a fresh space.

‘Saturated’ is all about seeing the world as if through the lens of a camera and so the colours are intensified and infused together to create something that feels unreal. Vivid greens, saturated reds, burnt oranges and an intense blue come together in an energetic palette that shows a complete disregard for the rules.

Mirroring the natural beauty of weathered, eroded surfaces, faded fabrics, bleached linens and chalky, earthy tones, ‘Washed’ is a quiet, contemplative palette of muted hues. Soft faded lilacs, greens, blues combine with neutral cream to create a palette anchored in the natural world.
The atmospheric ‘Midnight Garden’ trend is characterised by deep and moody tones paired with dusky highlights and is designed to be a celebration of nature at night. Taking inspiration from the evening shadows it features inky blues, warming plums and tonal navy blues, softened with wispy lilacs and neutral greys for a cosy winter scheme.

Kathryn Lloyd, our colour specialist said: “Colour is intrinsic to any interior design. Whether specifying a colour scheme for a large-scale project or working with individual clients, it’s useful to have a good understanding of the trends which are likely to shape the future of our homes and public spaces. This is why we put so much emphasis to bring together the latest colour influences.

“We get together annually to look at a diverse range of trends before distilling them down into core colour influences to provide something to suit all tastes. With the option to take as much or as little inspiration from each, there’s freedom to create a completely unique interior design with a nod to current design trends and designs.”

Our Colour Services team is on hand to offer expert assistance and advice on all aspects of colour specification. As well as providing bespoke colour cards and a colour library the team can also guide specifiers through the process of creating individual colour schemes, tailored to clients’ requirements.

Introducing 100 per cent recycled plastic containers

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We’ve become the first paint manufacturer in the UK to launch paint containers made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.

The plastic 2.5 litre and 5 litre containers, which will soon be available across the Crown Paints’ family of products starting with our retail range, have been manufactured by packaging solutions expert Emballator, using 100 per cent post-consumer waste (PCW) plastic for each container.

The innovative manufacturing process will ultimately save thousands of tonnes of PCW plastic from otherwise ending up in landfill. Once sorted, the PCW plastic is turned into individual pellets which are then dyed and moulded to create the containers, with the dark grey colour making them instantly recognisable. The paint containers are also fully recyclable once empty and clean – adding to their sustainability credentials.

Julie Entwistle, our packaging buyer said: “We’ve invested a great deal in creating this innovative new packaging and have worked closely with the Emballator team to create a product which is made entirely from recycled plastic. This marks a significant improvement to the plastic paint containers manufactured from 25 per cent recycled plastic which are currently available in the UK.”

Clean and hygienic paint solutions from Crown Trade

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As well as providing colour, paint should also provide protection which is why we’ve extended our Clean Extreme range to offer specifiers a trio of high performance products to help combat the common problems of dirt, mould and bacteria.

The range offers three effective solutions to creating clean and hygienic surfaces and features Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt, Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt. The full Clean Extreme range is also available in a high performance, stain-resistant, durable and washable Acrylic Eggshell mid sheen finish.

For surfaces that need to be hygienically clean, such as healthcare facilities, our Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt provides a high quality anti-bacterial finish, enhanced through the use of the independently tested SteriTouch® silver ion technology which protects against the growth of bacteria. As well as being stain resistant, Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt has been specifically formulated to withstand rigorous cleaning and scrubbing to give extra peace of mind.

Specifically developed to help minimise maintenance requirements in high traffic areas,
our Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has an impressive durability level of 10,000 scrubs and has been specifically developed to retain its flat matt appearance and ‘just painted’ appeal even after rigorous cleaning. Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt has also been independently tested to ISO 11998 Class 1 scrub rating for guaranteed results. Recently voted ‘Best Trade Durable Matt in the Market’ by the Decorators Forum - an online hub for thousands of professional painters and decorators across the UK - Clean Extreme offers a high performance, low maintenance finish that is also easy to apply.

For areas prone to condensation such as kitchens and bathrooms as well as void properties, our Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt can offer long lasting protection from unsightly and unhygienic mould. Combining a high opacity matt formulation with a built in fungicide that puts a stop to mould growth on the paint film, unlike other anti-mould paints on the market, Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt is highly resistant to stains and can be repeatedly cleaned and scrubbed without any detriment to the finish.

What’s more, the full Clean Extreme range is available in hundreds of tinted colours to help create stylish and attractive décor schemes that are both colourful and clean.

Crown Paints Exterior colour book seeks to educate and inspire

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We’ve launched a new Exterior Colour Book as a key aid for specifiers and designers.

The Exterior Colour Book has been created by our in-house Colour Service to offer guidance and inspiration for exterior decoration projects and includes details on our Sandtex Trade and Sadolin product ranges.

When selecting colour schemes for exterior projects, personal preference is sometimes secondary to concerns such as impact on the local context and the relevant planning regulations. That’s why the Exterior Colour Book provides information about the built environment, covering topics such as historical styles, geology and local materials, regional colours and colour application.

As well as information about how colour interplays with the surrounding environment and architectural styles, the Exterior Colour Book includes details of how colour influences people’s sense of place and even their mood.

Commenting on the launch of the Exterior Colour Book, Kathryn Lloyd Crown Paints’ colour specialist said: “The Colour Book is a helpful aid for any designers or specifiers tasked with decorating the exterior of buildings and outdoor environments who are looking for colour inspiration. But we know that exterior design goes beyond simple colour palettes to consider the context and history of the space.

“For example, using a bright saturated colour on a historic building can be jarring, while using darker colours on large solid structures can make them appear heavy or oppressive. Our Exterior Colour Book addresses all these issues and more, making it easier for specifiers to make a considered choice.”

Our Colour Services team is on hand to offer expert assistance and advice on all aspects of colour specification, including considerations about colour psychology, information on how to meet specific building regulations and the latest colour trends. As well as providing bespoke colour cards and a colour library the team can also guide specifiers through the process of devising individual colour schemes, using computer aided design where appropriate.

COLOUR YOUR THINKING WITH CROWN’S NEW FASTFLOW GUIDE

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For a straightforward and easy guide to quick drying water-based paint solutions, Crown has it covered thanks to the launch of a new product guide for the innovative Fastflow range.

The new literature provides specifiers with a useful overview of the key product details and benefits of Crown Trade’s Quick Drying Fastflow System, which includes gloss, satin and a primer undercoat. Specifically developed for use on interior and exterior joinery and metalwork, the range benefits from our innovative Breatheasy® technology, which helps to eliminate any strong odours and makes it ideally suited to projects where a quick turnaround and high quality finish is required.

With the full Fastflow system now available in a choice of hundreds of tinted colours from the Crown Trade Colour Collection Fan, the new literature is a convenient reference tool to assist in the specification of water-based trim products. The guide also provides a useful introduction to some of our other product innovations including the Clean Extreme range of scrubbable matt and durable acrylic eggshell paints.

Crown Paints unveils new product & colour guide

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We have launched a comprehensive new Product & Colour Guide to make it even easier for specifiers to choose from our extensive range of Crown Trade paints, specialist coatings and colour options.

The new guide includes key information for our complete product offering, from interior and exterior paints to protective floor coatings and specialists solutions such as the Crown Trade Timonox flame retardant range – all grouped into clearly defined sections for ease of reference.

Our new Product & Colour Guide also provides specifiers with access to the most popular colours and BS and RAL colour options. Benefiting from Crown Paint’s colour expertise, the new resource includes inspiration and guidance on choosing effective colour schemes and what to consider in terms of a room’s size, use and lighting conditions. The guide also provides an introduction to the Crown Paints Colour Influences programme, which sees an expert panel of consultants, specialists and designers compile seasonal collections based on the latest colour trends.

PFH Live 2018

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Crown Paints will be addressing the key issues of fire safety, colour schemes and maintenance cycles at the forthcoming Procurement for Housing (PfH) Live conference.

The event takes place from June 26th-28th as part of the annual Chartered Institute of Housing event in Manchester.

From stand P66, members of Crown’s Specification team will be on hand to offer tailored advice to specifiers working in the social housing sector, providing guidance on extending maintenance cycles, creating attractive and inclusive colour schemes and selecting the most effective paint products for both interior and exterior decoration projects.

Visitors to Crown Paints’ stand will also be able to find out more about the company’s extensive range of high-performance paints and specialist coatings which includes Crown Trade Timonox, an innovative flame retardant paint system that inhibits the spread of fire and can help housing providers comply to the relevant fire and safety standards.

As well as enhancing the appearance of interior walls and ceilings, the combination of one coat of Crown Trade Timonox Upgrade basecoat followed by two coats of Crown Trade Timonox Emulsion topcoat can upgrade surfaces from a class 4 to a class 0 rating. As the Crown Trade Timonox system can be applied over multiple layers of existing paint, it is also ideally suited for refurbishment projects, offering a cost-effective solution to improving the fire safety standards of existing housing stock.

Ian Lealand, Crown Paints Business Development Manager, commented: “Here at Crown Paints, we understand that the social housing sector faces unique challenges and we are committed to ensuring that we can offer specifiers a comprehensive range of solutions, both in terms of our extensive portfolio of high performance paint products and our in-house technical expertise. From dealing with budget constraints to achieving compliance with numerous regulations, social housing providers need products that perform as well as they look and we are looking forward to speaking directly with specifiers at the PfH Live event to identify the ways in which Crown Paints can assist them with their next project.”

CROWN TRADE FASTFLOW SYSTEM NOW IN FULL COLOUR

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Already a popular choice with trade contractors and specifiers thanks to its quick-drying and low-odour properties, our full range of Fastflow water-based trim paints is now available in a choice of hundreds of different colours.

Following on from the successful introduction of limited tinted colour options for our Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, additional colours are now available across the full range, which also includes Fastflow Quick Dry Satin and Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat.

Combining the performance characteristics of an oil-based system with all the benefits of innovative water-based technology, the Fastflow range offers the ideal solution for contracts where a quick turnaround and high quality finish is required. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the Fastflow system’s quick-dry formulation can help reduce time and labour on site by enabling two coats to be applied in one day.

Thanks to the use of our innovative Breatheasy® technology, the water-based system also offers a practical alternative to the use of solvent-based paints by eliminating any unpleasant odours. This not only helps to create a more pleasant working environment for both the contractor and customer but makes it ideally suited for use in kitchens and food preparation areas or in rooms that need to be occupied soon after painting.

The best features of oil-based trim products have also been embraced, with the Fastflow system offering excellent flow, wet-edge retention and workability to minimise brush marks, whilst giving a high-quality, high-sheen finish that is both durable and resistant to yellowing.

The Fastflow system is available from leading independent merchants and the nationwide network of Crown Decorating Centres.

Crown Sponsors Great British Stories on 5

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Have you seen us on Channel 5? We’ve just agreed a major new sponsorship deal for the channel’s popular Great British Stories programmes which will run throughout the year so keep an eye out for them.

The fun 10 second idents will be shown before and after the advert breaks during each Great British Stories programme broadcast between now and the end of the year. The 12 programmes, which are a mix of one-off documentaries and multi-episode runs, cover topics including British history, landscapes and architecture.

Featuring cultural treasures such as the National Trust, Buckingham Palace and the Flying Scotsman, Channel 5’s Great British Stories also provide an insight into people living and working in all corners of Britain. As a British institution and proud holder of the royal warrant ourselves, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Great British Stories series and hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did making them.

The idents feature products from across the Crown Paints family including Crown Trade, Crown Decorating Centres and Sandtex – see if you can spot them all and let us know what you think.

Turning up the heat for the Apprentice Decorator of the Year

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The search to find the UK’s Apprentice Decorator of the Year is now underway, with painters and decorators from across the UK brushing up their skills for the regional heats of the competition.
Apprentices are currently taking part in the regional heats in the competition, which is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.

The competitors will be put through their paces by the judges, including lead judge Kevin O’Donnell, Crown Paints training manager, as they undertake a series of decorating tasks which will test their skills using different products and surfaces.

Entrants will be given six hours to display a range of skills, with judges looking out for attention to detail, accuracy and finesse. The competitors must also demonstrate the ability to maintain a tidy working area and work safely, with points deducted for those who fail to do so.

Once all regional heats are completed, those competitors who scored highly enough will be invited to take part in the national final at SkillBuild UK, which takes place at WorldSkills UK LIVE at Birmingham’s NEC in November. SkillBuild, delivered by CITB, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

We’d like to wish all those taking part the best of luck and look forward to seeing the best up-and-coming decorators in the UK in action!

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