Leading Irish paint brand Colourtrend makes environmentally friendly ranges that are ideal for creating stylish contemporary interiors, as we discover with a case study of three boutique B&Bs in Bath

A change in career direction saw Michael and Sarah Jones set up the first of their boutique B&B hotels in Bath in 2011, taking on Brindleys, a Victorian villa in Pulteney Gardens. The pair wanted to create something unique for their guests and Sarah tried various paint brands before settling on Colourtrend Paints.

Colourtrend is an Irish family owned paint company, based just outside Dublin, which has been trading for more than 60 years. It has six company-owned Colortrend stores and is stocked in more than 100 selected independent paint retailers across Ireland, the UK and Europe.

The company was founded by Ronan O’Connor, whose son Kevin O’Connor, is now managing director. Colourtrend is currently stocked in Davies of Bath in Monmouth Place (just along from The Scallop Shell fish restaurant) where manager Tom Durnford and colour consultant Caroline Burgess-James offer advice to private and commercial clients.

Caroline worked closely with Sarah as she set about decorating Brindleys’ six bedrooms. Sarah wanted each room to have its own character and for the style to be traditional French chic with contemporary elements.

The pair chose a predominantly neutral palate of calming pale greys and taupe and then introduced accents of colour to give each room its own personality. Alongside fluffy towels, comfy beds, power showers and a freshly cooked breakfast, B&B guests are welcomed with stylish home from home atmosphere.

Bold accents of bright pink at Leighton Townhouse (walls, Subtle)

The success of Brindleys led Michael and Sarah to open two more boutique B&Bs in Bath, Grays in Upper Oldfield Park and, most recently, Leighton Townhouse on Wells Road. The B&Bs have made The Times list of the coolest places to stay in the UK.

Caroline says that the principles Sarah had used in her B&Bs’ decor can easily be applied to decorating a family home.

“The Colourtrend range of colours is very wide and offers depth of colour and a very durable finish, which is useful when you’ve got children, or you’re knocking a vacuum against a skirting board. They’re also very easy to keep clean and crisp looking.”

Caroline can help in the decision process, either in store using photographs of the room and swatches of fabrics already in the home, or by arranging a free visit. Davies of Bath, which has been trading in the city since 1935, can also arrange free delivery, so your Colourtrend paints can be brought to your own front door.

Caroline advises home decorators to use an A5 real paint colour panel of their desired colour from the Colourtrends Contemporary and Historic Collections, which can then be moved around the room, catching the light and allowing the chance to see how the hue works alongside existing furnishings, such as curtains or carpets.

These innovative A5 colour panels are produced using real Colourtrend paint make it easier to choose colours with confidence. Its colour palates are developed with colour comfort in mind, which allow colours to be easily combined and paired with each other to create an atmosphere.

The colours themselves are created using exclusive pigments which give a greater subtlety of shading and a richer depth of colour.

“The Colourtrend range of colours is very wide and offers depth of colour and a very durable finish . . .”

Sarah was bold enough to use splashes of vibrant colours on ceilings and accent walls complemented by French painted furniture and fabrics. She also uses fabrics to good effect, choosing bright pops of colour in cushions and throws to bring a room together.

Pairs of lamps, pretty bedside tables, details on curtain tie-backs and vases of fresh flowers provide extra flourishes that really make a room feel elegant and comfortable.

Sarah said: “Caroline’s instincts and knowledge of colour matching has been invaluable, and her advice has definitely lead to us taking bolder decisions on room colour schemes.

“She has helped us create a warm and inviting palette which so many of our guests want to replicate in their own homes – the ultimate compliment.”

“We are constantly being asked by guests about our paint colours so we now give them printed sheets with all the colours.”

Colourtrends’ Historic Collection range of 88 classic colours make it easy to choose shades inspired by skills and traditions of artisan colour craftsmen and they range from the delightfully named ivory Wedding Bouquet, through sunny yellow Breakfast Room to classic Scullery Green.

There’s good news for anyone who struggles with the odour from traditional gloss paint. The Colourtrend Trim product range offers a water-based alternative to traditional, strong-smelling, solvent-based enamel paint finishes, which is kinder to you and your family, the painter and the environment.

Advances in alkyd resin technology have allowed Colourtrend’s development team to create a range of quick-drying and low-odour, easy-to-use trim finishes. Colourtrend Trim products retain all the benefits of traditional solvent coatings – including excellent flow and levelling – as well as a super hardwearing and easy clean finish. For best results use with a good quality synthetic brush and apply two coats.

Calming shades (walls, Winter’s Breath) work well in Grays

Throughout the range there is attention to the user’s needs, ease of application, lasting results and care for the environment. In the primer range, for example An epoxy primer sealer was developed using the latest in coating technology to give all the benefits of traditional shellac primers combined with the outstanding chemical resistance of epoxy. It is waterbased with virtually no odour and is quick-drying – making it ideal for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels – anywhere where a quick turnaround time is of critical importance.

Clean up is simple – just use warm soapy water. It’s non-flammable and low in VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) making it kinder to the environment and safer to work with.

Davies of Bath stocks a huge range of Colourtrend paints, including the Historic and Contemporary Collections. There is parking and the shop is open 7.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am – 4pm on Saturdays. Colour consultancy sessions can be booked by appointment.

Davies of Bath, 19A Monmouth Place, tel: 01225 423749, visit: rabart.co.uk/davies-of-bath.

Boutique B&Bs: leightontownhouse.co.uk, graysbath.co.uk and brindleysbath.co.uk.

To find out more about Colourtrend Paints, visit: colourtrend.co.uk.

Main image: a neutral background with splashes of sunny yellow in one of the bedrooms at Brindleys B&B