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DULUX TRADE Colour Secrets: Dulux Trade Paint Colour Consultants Share All With Codebreaking Site Bletchley Park

The historic Bletchley Park, which was home to secret British code breakers during World War II has received a stunning makeover in its Manor House Drawing Room from Dulux Trade Colour Consultants. ESK painting firm was tasked with redecorating the illustrious room, and with guidance from the colour team at Dulux Trade, transformed the interior colour scheme giving it a prestigious new look.

The brief called for the room to have the highest quality decor, sympathetic to the historic building, so specification and colour experts from Dulux Trade were called in to provide their professional guidance on colour, texture, atmosphere and the most appropriate products to achieve this. The colour consultancy service is a free resource provided by Dulux Trade, offering complete colour solutions for myriad commercial projects.

Lisa Pilley, Dulux Trade Commercial Colour Consultant says: “Working on such an important historical site meant we had to preserve the narrative of the entire venue within just one room. We created a simple, timeless and quite classic, neutral scheme that could be dressed in a range of colours for a wedding or other private events that would create a warm, calm and unimposing look for other uses. The Drawing Room’s mahogany fire surround influenced the overall tone of the colours, and I used both warm and cool neutrals to bring equilibrium to the scheme. I also wanted to draw emphasis to the 'Daisy' work on the ceiling and to add a little drama away from eye level, so it made sense to use the deepest shade overhead, to give extra impact on entering the room.

“The colour scheme I created of Muslin Birch and Soft Truffle on the main panelling and ceiling areas gives a muted and neutral effect with an injection of gentle warmth. Today’s neutrals are ‘greyed off’ tones, which ensure a calmer impression and are the perfect partner for a whole range of other colour accents, bestowing the room with a chameleon like quality to keep it appropriate for the many events the room caters for.”

The specification team recommended that the Dulux Trade Diamond range be used throughout the project. For broadwall coverage, Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell was used for its tough durability and stain resistant properties, both of which are up to ten times greater than standard silk emulsions. The room itself displays prominent original interior wood panelling so Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood was a natural choice, presenting a sleek and refined finish to ensure the wood panels maintained their authentic appearance whilst preserving the wood itself.

Ann Noble, Marketing Manager, Colours and Tinting for Dulux Trade says: “The Dulux Trade consultants worked closely with the team at Bletchley Park and by making use of Lisa’s invaluable eye for detail, the end result of the project was of the highest quality. It is representative of professional colour selection that is sleek yet reminiscent of the room’s original character. The guidance and extra assistance that we provide ensures the best use of colour for every project.”

Steven Hancock, Managing Director of The Zest Group, which is the in-house hospitality coordinator for Bletchley Park, concludes: “The transformation of the Drawing Room is fantastic! Working with Dulux in sourcing a colour to match its original period décor only adds to the atmosphere of the room. Many of our conference guests and brides have commented how fantastic the room is especially the gilded look ceiling.”

The Dulux Trade Colour Consultancy service is a free resource offering complete colour solutions for prestigious projects and a myriad of large commercial projects.

Email: james.green@akzonobel.com


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