Architectural historian and colour expert Edward Bulmer is a master ‘Colourman’ in the true 18th Century sense of the word. Formulated using only natural ingredients, his Pots of Paint range offers a unique patina alive with pure colour. Its chalky finish has both exceptional depth and a subtle, mutable response to light which synthetic paints can never mimic. Edward shares with us his new paint business venture.
“A century ago my asthmatic great grandfather Percy went into business rather than into further education. His mother had counselled him to make and sell something like food or drink as it did not go out of fashion. What she saw was that commerce should supply man’s most fundamental needs like food or drink in order to be sustainable over the long term. She was right and the business that H.P.Bulmer founded still supplies cider to this day.
Having fed ourselves we need shelter to protect us and as this can also ‘not go out of fashion’ I can perhaps be seen to be heeding my great, great grandmother’s advice still, by making a business of something necessary to our ‘shelters’ or our homes, as we now know them.
After a 25 year career in interior design I set up a paint business with my wife Emma a few years ago, with a very particular aim.
To produce high quality paints that look beautiful, protect buildings and avoid polluting our environment.
We established our colour factory near Pembridge and have grown our sales year on year creating nine local jobs. We have just opened our own factory outlet at Court of Noke and we are now launching our comprehensive range of natural paints to a selected group of local shops around the county.”
- Room in Hay on Wye
- Period House Shops – Ludlow and Shrewsbury
Like our beautiful palette of 72 colours these outlets have become synonymous with high quality, specialist supplies and trustworthy personal advice.
The effect is as remarkable in ultra-modern interiors as it is in Georgian stately homes and just as obvious in the neutral shades as in the bright, strong colours. Our paints have been used by heritage organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage, by environmentally responsible clients like the Highgrove Estate and by a myriad of home owners and major interior designers like Colefax & Fowler and Robert Kime.
Until now our paints have not been available to see and order in shops and so we begin by offering them within a short distance from our colour factory at Court of Noke near Pembridge.
Natural Emulsion starts from £40 for 2.5 litres
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint available at www.potsofpaint.com