Suggested Clove palettes
This versatile colour will work well with many shades from our edited collection, but we do have a few favourite combinations. Silver Birch and Driftwood are neutrals which match Clove’s balance of warm and cool; Old Rose and Moss will keep the space feeling light and open against Clove’s more grounding, enveloping tones; and finally, Olive and Mustard will bring an abundance of English charm.
The finishesLike all our paints, Clove is available as matt emulsion or eggshell with a fast touch-dry time of between one to two hours. The emulsion is shine free and gives walls a velvety look. And the eggshell is like its namesake – there’s just a hint of sheen. Both are water based so all you’ll need to clean your brushes (and yourself!) is warm water and a little soap.
How to use it – emulsionMatt emulsion is generally best for walls as the flat finish blurs any imperfections in the plaster. It’s not quite as tough as eggshell, which is why that’s the preferred option for woodwork, but there’s nothing to say you can’t use matt emulsion for these areas if you’re after a chalky character.
How to use it – eggshellOur eggshell has up to a 22% sheen level. It’s best over the top of our primer on woodwork (like furniture, skirting boards and door frames). And because we use our own tried and tested resin system to make our paints, it makes them more durable and higher quality than most standard acrylic versions, and thereby better suited for walls in high traffic areas (like hallways) or where you’re likely to need to wipe them (such as kitchens). It’s the ideal choice for bathrooms too, as it’ll stand up to the steamy atmosphere.
Doing the right thingOur paints are made with both people and planet in mind. They’re water-based, extremely low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, which release harmful chemicals and unpleasant odours), are suitable for plant-based lifestyles, and they’ve never been tested on animals. Each pot is made in the UK by our trusted partners who have been mixing paint since 1740.
Our water-based paints are tough and long-lasting, so you’ll find them easy to maintain over the years. Simply dust down with a dry e-cloth, and if you find a mark, use a very small amount of warm water and gently rub in one direction across the surface of the paint to remove it. For matt paints, we recommend you use virtually no water and a clean piece of kitchen roll or a cloth, then gently rub in one direction.
Need to know
Sometimes our paint colours can be different from batch to batch. It’ll only ever be a very small difference (within 0.8%), but it’s something you should bear in mind if you’re painting several things the same colour in one room. It’s best to buy all the paint you need at one time and keep a spare bit handy for touch-ups. It also means that the colours in our paint books might be ever so slightly different too. VOC: You might’ve heard of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) before. They’re chemicals that evaporate at room temperature, and you often find them in paint. They’re not great for your health though, so you don’t want too many. That’s why we keep the amount in ours as low as we can. Both our emulsion and eggshell finishes contain 2g of VOCs per litre, max. To put that in perspective, the EU limit is 30g per litre. Most of our Neptune collections can be easily upcycled too with just a couple of coats of our carefully curated paints. Here’s a story of how one customer restored her Neptune kitchen with the help of our stylists.