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Chalk Paint Inspiration – Emperor’s Silk

We all know this month’s colour had to be Emperor’s Silk! Right now we’re getting into the seasons festivities and I’ve had a bit of fun creating some Christmas goodies with this gorgeous red.

emperors silk

Just as the name suggests, Emperor’s Silk is reminiscent of silk lining, Chinese lacquer, and for me, it most definitely says Christmas! A bright, clear and rich red, it provides a real statement colour on its own, or is a perfect accent to peep out from inside a cupboard or along the side of a drawer. This piece by Fiona from Lilyfield Life is the perfect example of Emperor’s Silk at its absolute best – beautiful carved details making a grand statement. Fiona is an amazing painter, sharing loads of wonderful tutorials over on her website. You can find Fiona and Lilyfield Life here.

ASCP Emperors Silk Table Lilyfield Life-001


Can I digress for a few minutes to share that Annie Sloan is currently running a series on her blog called the 12 crafts of Christmas? There are lovely creative ideas all using our favourite Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, and you can see what she’s been up to here.  The gorgeous red and white Turtle Dove below is project four in the series, and Annie’s post includes some great instructions for you to try it out yourself! You can find it here.  The chalk board and deer head are both pieces I whipped up recently, ready to decorate the shop for Christmas.


Christmas collage


Another absolute stunner is this piece from Dini of Dini & Co in Ontario again in Emperor’s Silk, all done up for the holidays. The depth of colour is just stunning, and I love the slightly worn look on the drawer edges. It’s no secret I love anything rustic, so this piece really appeals to me! While I know many people are a little intimidated by the bold colour, especially in their home, it’s pieces like these that really make a statement in a room, becoming that hero piece that acts as a bit of a jumping off point for the rest of your decor. You can find more beautiful pieces from Dini & Co here.

dini & co


So what do you think? Are you or inspired to try it out for yourself, or have you already tried Emperor’s Silk? If you have, I’d love you to share a project below in the comments!

You can see check out other posts in the series below:

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg


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