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Celebrating more than 25 years of Colour, Exquisite Eco Paint, Eco Emulsion and Lime Wash

WELCOME

‘Creating and making colours gives me joy; colours transform people’s lives. I feel so lucky – I am the #thecolourwoman and I am doing exactly what I love to do.’ – Francesca Wezel, founder and director

Welcome to Francesca’s Paints; established in 1996, our artisan studio is based in Battersea and everything we do here is handmade.

Featured in many magazines, including Elle Decoration, The World of Interiors and Living etc, our velvety, light absorbent paint is made with great care and love – each Colour Collection has a story, each bespoke tin of paint is hand-mixed and our beautiful colour charts are hand painted.

Our Story

One of the first eco-friendly paint companies in the UK, our bases, the Lime Wash and the Eco Emulsion, come from Italy and we colour them in the studio. We love making exclusive, elegant and unique colours and colour matching.

Francesca’s Paints are:

  • Inspired by travel, nature and art
  • Intensely pigmented
  • Breathable
  • Plastic free
  • Low VOC
  • Free from solvents (and their components). Our paints have a very low impact on our health and the environment*.
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How can we work together?

We have the pleasure of working with a high-profile list of clients and properties across the country, from fantastic designers to famous actors and many more. We’d love to hear from you, if you are interested in working together, you can visit our studio, call us on 0207 228 7694 or email us to book an appointment.

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Introducing our new colour collection - Postcard from Barra

 

Inspired by the beautiful untamed landscape of this Outer Hebridean island, these five coordinated colours – Thrift, Traigh, Lichen, Sea Kale & Croft – each draws on elements of the island’s natural world, from its breath-taking sandy beaches to its green rocky hills. Created using the same number of pigments, the colours have a tonal perfection, making them perfect for combining or for using alone.

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COLOUR COLLECTIONS

COLOUR COLLECTIONS 25 Collections 241 Colours

Our wonderful array colours are inspired by travels, art and nature. Our collections will inspire you to create the perfect backdrop for your style of living. We have created our colour collections to enable you to find the perfect compilation for your home.

Each collection contains colour combinations that work together collectively, creating a flowing colour scheme. But as all our colours work well together, you can of course handpick from across any collection. We are here to help you choose the colours that will go best with your colour scheme to create the best solution for your home.

Collections are listed in chronological order, from most recent. From 1 litre onward, all of our colours are available in all of our finishes. Each Colour Collection is hand painted either in the Lime Wash or the Eco Emulsion, and it is detailed on each collection which product has been used, so you know what to expect when you order an A4 page or sample pot.

COLOUR COLLECTIONS

Colour of the Month

Lichen

Lichen, from the ‘Postcard from Barra‘ Collection, is the colour that has attracted most of the attention this month, and we have been literally selling buckets of it. 

Lichen is a balanced yellow brown, chic, classic, a beautiful tone, warm and reassuring. Perfect for the cold weather at this time of year, cosy and enveloping. It is made with raw and burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Lichen

In Colour Collection: Postcard from Barra

Postcard from Barra

A Postcard from Barra, came very quickly to mind. The colours came to me clearly and immediately. I could picture five nature-inspired shades, each with a calm, soothing feel.

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Elise Ovanesoff | worksarchitecture.com

As well as the thrill of seeing all of the gorgeous colours that Francesca has created herself in her studio, she is brilliant at colour matching to other paints, fabrics and furnishings.

I feel so lucky and excited to be working with her and to be using the delicious combinations of her chalky textures and beautiful colours.

Jenny Phillips | Dragonfly Design

I met Francesca very soon after she first set up business in Battersea; I was charmed by her colour charts and how she developed the colours from her love of travel, bringing the feel of the places that she visited into her paints.

Very soon after we met I realised that her Italian passion was tempered by the German efficiency and reliability that she has inherited from her father’s family. She has always produced and delivered on time and her colours are always consistent and the quality is beautiful.

Together Francesca and Camillo make a wonderful team and I have always felt so welcome when I visit them and discuss ideas.

Cecilia Willis | Cecilia Willis Ceramics

Francesca’s colours in her wonderful chalky paints are so delicious and rare! A brilliant colourist, at the drop of a hat she can mix a special colour for a scheme in that perfect shade which doesn’t exist in any paint card (and then repeat it if you need more!). For colour enthusiasts, to work with her is joyful and rewarding, every colour a winner!

Sally Thompson | Best client

We live in a world that has become so black and white. Francesca’s passion for her work restores the nuance of colour to our lives. She may not fully realize how precious her gift is and how deeply she draws on her Italian heritage of mastery with colour. Her paints are on the walls of two houses in my family. It matters a great deal to us that Francesca has created her palettes and paints with such sensitivity to the environment.

Emma McGrath | Interior designer and client

Having been involved on a large project in Ireland on a number of houses Francesca’s Paints was DEFINITELY the top supplier! All Francesca’s colours are GORGEOUS and she is super efficient and does exactly as it says on the “tin”.We will always use her, you must too.

Clare Lewis | Retrouvius Architectural Reclamation & Design

Francesca is a total joy to work with. Her paints are wonderfully chalky and her colours have depth and life. We constantly work with unique, vintage materials and textiles so having the opportunity to bespoke colour match is incredibly helpful. Thank you!

Miv Watts | Interior Designer

I have used Francesca’s paints on all my projects for well over a decade. Her colour mixing service is impeccable. We have designed colours together from tiny scraps of William Kent 18th century velvet’ to bits of bark off Eucalyptus trees. Who else could offer such a service! Her paints are deep and magical and any decorator , worth his salt, will relish the fascinating adventure of applying them; watching the texture appear on drying. Vive Colour, Texture and Joy. Vive Francesca Queen of Pigment!

Book a Colour Consultation

Francesca’s colour consultation is £300 plus travel expenses. It includes a full set of our hand painted colour charts and all the samples chosen in A4 and sample pot format.

Following your colour consultation, the paint includes a 10% discount.

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DECEMBER 2022 NEWS

We are incredibly proud that Ana Engelhorn has used our colours throughout her wonderful Period 2 Listed Property in Surrey.

The property, featured in the Saturday Times Magazine in November, looks absolutely splendid.

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