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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Graphite

This months Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Graphite!


True to her fine arts background, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ doesn’t consist of a true black, but rather a charcoal or soft black, called Graphite. This colour has real depth and character to it, and tends to look lighter or darker depending upon the light it’s under. It also tends towards a deep blue hue, rather than a brown or yellow.


I’ve used quite a lot of Graphite in painting, it’s a real statement colour without being harsh. It works beautifully with the gold tones of the mirror above, of with the lovely bright colours in the buffet below.


I get a lot of clients who are unsure of whether Graphite will be too dark for their home, worrying that it will darken the rooms overall feel or make the room feel small. I find the key to using darker colours is to pair them with texture, light and mirrors! A worn Graphite finish, like in the buffet and hutch below, gives a vintage feel without becoming too rustic. The lighter colour in the back of the hutch also means that any display pieces will stand out.


Looking for a more true black? Then Annie’s new Black Wax directly over Graphite is perfect! Another trick is to add a little Aubusson Blue to your paint, in the ratio of around 1 part Graphite, 1/4 part Aubusson Blue.

Don’t forget, if you’re a subscriber to out newsletter, you can have 10% off a tin of Graphite this month!

See you soon

Catherine xxx

If you’d like to check out more of this series, click the links below.


Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre


Paris Grey


Pure White




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