Images above: Criag & Rose ‘Rust effect’; Craig & Rose ‘Metallic effect’
Chiswick’s Paint People
by Barbara Chandler; @sunnygran
Word has it that the trade is running out of paint cans, such has been the surge in DIY during lockdown. Well, don’t panic – Chiswick has got a surprisingly large number of paint shops with good stocks on standby. But first a note on prices. The disparity is huge. Costs vary vastly from around £12 for 2.5 litres of emulsion at B&Q to, say, around £47.75 for the same size tin of Farrow & Ball, with Dulux in the middle at around £29. You should get “superior coverage and pigments” for superior prices, but some would argue about that…
Image above: Craig & Rose on Chiswick High Rd
Craig & Rose is a venerable Scottish brand, founded by its namesakes in 1829, and subsequently winning contracts for the Forth Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and palaces around the world. And when the brand decided to open their own shops a couple of years ago, they chose Chiswick for the first one, creating a little paint paradise on the High Road.
The impressive 1829 collection has 110 shades arranged according to 11 styles – shop Arts & Crafts for “Mackintosh Mauve,” Shaker for “Red Barn,” or Modernist for “Lucienne Olive.” Emulsion costs around £37 for 2.5 litres. Specialty here is the Artisan range, for intriguing special effects from a veined and chalky marble to a glitter glaze and every metal finish you can think of.
Images above: Craig & Rose ‘Mackintosh Mauve’; ‘Red Barn’; ‘Lucienne Olive’
Pre-Covid, their workshops were very popular, and they can still do tuition one-on-one. And if you’re really stuck, an expert will come to your home for a couple of hours, and sort out a scheme. This costs £149, but you get a 2.5 litre tin of paint thrown in. Or you can have a “virtual” consultation on your phone free of charge. Currently, only one customer/couple can come in at a time, so you may have to queue.
Craig & Rose is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme, offering Club Card holders a 10% discount.
161 Chiswick High Street. W4 2DT; 020 3668 7027; email@example.com
Images above: Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’
Long-standing residents may remember Palmers on the corner of the High Road and Chiswick Lane. In 2014 this was bought by Brewers, an old-established chain still in family hands that also owns the hugely popular websites www.designerpaint.com and www.wallpaperdirect.com. These are extraordinarily comprehensive, and you can order and do “click and collect” from the Chiswick store.
Here’s where to get your Farrow & Ball, perhaps London’s poshest paint – flying out in Chiswick is “Railings” – billed as a “softer” black with bluish undertones, very popular for front doors (around £47.25 for 2.5 litres). But they also do Little Greene, Dulux, Crown, and Johnstone’s, plus stains and paints for wood and “problem” areas. On special offer until the end of August is own brand Albany – £14.99 for 2.5 litres of vinyl matt. “We working hard to welcome customers safely back,” says manager Darren Bluck. “Come in for expert advice – but no browsing, I’m afraid.” Store opens at 7.00am.
79 Chiswick High Road, W4 2EF; 0208 994 6569;
Image above: Leyland on Chiswick High Rd
On the other side of the High Road, Leyland SDM is a busy no-nonsense outfit over two floors, with a loyal trade fan base. Branch manager Bart Swiader will look after you – “we’ve always got the right products, tools and advice.”
Brands include Dulux Trade, Leyland Trade, Zinsser, Ronseal, Johnstone’s Trade, Little Greene, Paint Library, and Armstead Trade plus paint mixing, speciality paints, brushes, rollers, dust sheets and masking tape, with gardening, ironmongery and plumbing in the basement. And parking at the back. Opens 7.00am.
146 Chiswick High Road; 020 8987 9900; firstname.lastname@example.org;
And then of course there is B&Q, also open at 7.00am. Here prices start at £12 for 2.5 litres for own brand GoodHome, with tougher paints for kitchens and bathrooms at £16 for the same size. You can also find Valspar, Dulux, Ronseal and Farrow & Ball. And they have the Valspar paint matching service.
“Just bring us in a sample and we can match it,” promises manager Caroline. “This could be wallpaper, fabric or even a bit of clothing you love. We’ll help you choose the right paint for your project, and keep your colours on file.” And her tip to dodge the queues: “try coming as early as possible, or later in the afternoon.”
B&Q Chiswick, 2 Larch Drive, Gunnersbury Avenue, W4 5QL; 020 8995 8028;
Images above: Two shades from Fired Earth Paint Collection
Finally, two more places for those classy but pricey “designer” paints: Fired Earth, 174 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR, with 120 elegant shades, including nine whites, and 15 creams and neutrals; £42 for 2.5 litres; 020 8994 5355.
Images above:Neptune paint colours ‘Ink’ and ‘Saffron’
And Neptune, 305-307 Chiswick High Road, W4 4HH, with 28 fashionably moody “signature” shades, plus a seasonal special which is “Saffron” (£38 for 2.5 litres); 020 3814 1220.
Barbara Chandler writes for the Evening Standard Homes & Property section.
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