Just as colors evoke places, paints from around the world speak in irresistible foreign accents. At least we think so–which explains why admiring the offerings from stylish, far-away paint companies is a favorite pastime around here. True, we’re unlikely to be able to bring a quart home, but we love looking.
Join the club: Here are some of our favorites from the Remodelista greatest-hits archive (and several of these brands now have US vendors).
Above: Ecos Paints from 5 Favorites: British Boutique Paint Companies.
Australia and New Zealand
Above: BioPaints from 5 Boutique Paint Lines from Down Under.
Above: Sydney Harbour Paint Company was founded as Porter’s Paints in Australia and has showrooms in New York and California. (LA designer Amanda Pays swears by Sydney Harbour Paints–take a look at her LA Laundry Room.)
Above: Replicate the Glossy Doors of Amsterdam Using Fine Paints of Europe. The company’s imported-from-Holland paints are available in the US; after reading our post about its Dutch Door Paint Kit, I used it on my own front door and love the results.
Above: Every architect’s dream: kt.Color of Switzerland’s hand-mixed pigment paints, particularly the company’s colors licensed from Fondation Le Corbusier. The collection includes his 17 variations on white. These paints come at a cost: A Fan Deck alone (of 81 hand-painted Le Corbusier color samples) is €400 ($438.96).
Go to Palette & Paints to explore more of our favorites, including:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks
- Black Magic: Architects’ 8 Top Black Paint Picks
- Expert Advice: 10 Essential Tips for Painting
- Remodeling 101: All You Need to Know About VOCs in Paint
Need to paint your house? Go to Gardenista for help choosing the right color.
This post is an update; it originally appeared on April 24, 2015, as part of our Primary Colors issue.