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Are plant-based paints suitable for hospitality projects?

Architect specifies durable, damage resistant, colour-rich sustainable finishes for two high-traffic luxury hotel restaurants

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Rich and warm with deep tones of magenta, Mylands' Soft Pink No.266 eggshell paint with Heron Stream wallpaper from Thibaut’s Pavilion collection at The Kensington Doyle Collection hotel, London.
Rich and warm with deep tones of magenta, Mylands' Soft Pink No.266 eggshell paint with Heron Stream wallpaper from Thibaut’s Pavilion collection at The Kensington Doyle Collection hotel, London.

Plant-based multi-surface paints have been specified for two high-profile hospitality projects.

The Doyle collection, an award-winning group of luxury hotels, has always worked to lessen its impact on the planet, especially on refurbishment projects.

Ananth Ramaswamy, the group’s project architect, worked closely with the hotel owner to refresh the restaurants at two Doyle Collection city centre hotels, The Kensington and The Bristol.

The Kensington restaurant's French Grey interior was uninspiring while, at The Bristol, the burgundy decorating scheme was heavy and dark - not ideal for a daytime restaurant. Both needed new shades to uplift the spaces.

They specified paints from Mylands, the London-based paint and wood polishes manufacturer. Sustainability and quality have always been at the core of the fifth generation family business, which is renowned for its richly pigmented paints, refined colour palette and its development of innovative eco-friendly formulas that are easy to apply and fast drying.

‘The way we choose paint depends on the individual room,’ explains Ramaswamy. ‘Pulling out a particular colour causes an emotional response – it can uplift, make you feel more relaxed or more stimulated – and we take that into account when designing a space and thinking about what we want it to do and what response we want our guests to have to it.’

At The Kensington, they wanted a paint shade that would highlight the mauve tones in a chinoiserie wallpaper they had specified: Thibaut’s Heron Stream from the Pavilion collection. ‘We chose Mylands’ Soho Pink plant-based eggshell. It is a lovely tone that brings the whole interior scheme together, making it a more interesting room to dine in any time of the day. A simple treatment, but effective because it centres on just two things: paint and wallpaper.’

At The Bristol, the brief was to achieve a light and airy conservatory feel without redesigning the whole room, changing the furniture or replacing artwork. ‘We picked Mylands' rich green Serpentine eggshell,’ he says, ‘and also specified London Brown for the cocktail bar, where it creates the effect of timber cladding.’

Specifying Mylands low-VOC plant-based paints that contain less chemicals helps provide a healthier environment for guests.

‘We first used these paints for The Bristol project in 2022,’ says Ramaswamy, ‘and then specified them again for The Kensington last year. They are durable, easy to procure and have the level of finish our guests expect.’

  • Quiet with a beautifully understated nature, Mylands' Serpentine No.192 eggshell paint at The Bristol Doyle Collection hotel, Bristol.
    Quiet with a beautifully understated nature, Mylands' Serpentine No.192 eggshell paint at The Bristol Doyle Collection hotel, Bristol.
  • Serpentine No.192 eggshell at The Bristol.
    Serpentine No.192 eggshell at The Bristol.
  • Welcoming, earthy, friendly and comforting: Mylands' London Brown No.287 eggshell paint in The Bristol cocktail bar.
    Welcoming, earthy, friendly and comforting: Mylands' London Brown No.287 eggshell paint in The Bristol cocktail bar.
  • Serpentine Pink No.266 eggshell at The Kensington.
    Serpentine Pink No.266 eggshell at The Kensington.
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Mylands has been manufacturing its paint and wood polishes in Lambeth, London since 1884. Its plant-based paints offer architects a hardwearing, sustainable solution for high traffic areas and busy hospitality environments that does not compromise on quality. 

12 reasons to specify Mylands plant-based multi-surface paints

  • Water-based topcoat with plant-based resins and recent biocarbon improvements.
  • A+ rated low VOC content, virtually solvent free, low microplastics and environmentally friendly.
  • Fast drying with impressive coverage: touch dry in two to three hours; recoat in three, helping to deliver projects on time.
  • Made to order in Lambeth, London with same day delivery, reducing the carbon footprint of projects.
  • No wastage: new upcycle line allows designers to return over-orders, which are then remixed.
  • Natural earth pigments for deep, colour-rich finishes.
  • Over 172 colours - from trend-based shades to historical hues.
  • Four finishes: dead matt, eggshell, satin and gloss.
  • Washable and damage resistant.
  • Long-lasting, durable, scrubbable, breathable and toy safe.
  • Suitable for interior and exterior surfaces, including wood, MDF, metal, plastic, tile, masonry, plaster and uPVC.
  • Also available: Class 1 scrubbable and breathable Marble Matt emulsion made from crushed Carrara marble; Olive Stone emulsion with 56 per cent bio-based content, including plant-based resins and natural olive powder filler.

The Mylands showroom and factory are located at 26 Rothschild Street, London SE27 0HQ.

For more information and technical support, visit mylands.com

Contact:
020 8670 9161
sales@mylands.com


 

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