ABK Blog April 2013

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ABK Blog April 2013

Recording paint colours on our clients decorating projects using our Salesforce database software has enabled us to report current trends and advise new clients on what is currently the fashion.

Extracts below show trends for 2012.

Commercial offices, factories, warehouses, schools and shops

Amount Colours
297 RAL9010 (slight grey version of white)
244 White/ Magnolia/ Gardenia
168 Natural Calico
39 Swansdown
31 Natural Hessian
28 Dove

Manufacturer:  All ICI trade brands Dulux and Glidden

There were also 74 ‘one off’ colours used including Egyptian Cotton, Snowman, Jabot and Flint.

Residential properties, manor houses, listed properties (inc. listed property offices) 

Amount Colours
112 Natural Calico
71 White/ Magnolia/ Gardenia
41 Swansdown, Dove & Flint (greys)
26 Pointing, French Gray, Clunch, Light Gray, Mouse’s back, Elephant’s breath & Old White.

Manufacturers:  Dulux, Glidden, Farrow & Ball, Sanderson and Paint Library


It shows that ‘grey’ has taken over in popularity in 2012.  In previous years 2009 – 2011 the trend was earth colours mainly brown and beige tones.

The colour that regularly comes out on top is ‘Natural Calico’ with its neutral colour to blend in with any carpets and furniture yet still has a warm feel.

Please contact us if you require any colour cards.



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