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Emperor's Silk




Named after the red of China, this is a bright, pure red, like the red silk lining of a jacket. We love it used as an interior of a cupboard or drawer. But best of all, we love one piece in a room painted with this stunning red, maybe deepened with some dark wax in places.

Emperor’s Silk goes well with Château Grey and Old Violet.

detail showing Emperor’s Silk with dark wax applied

Emperor’s Silk painted with texture, first with clear, then dark wax applied in parts. Inside the drawer, Aubusson Blue.


small Frangipani swatch

Add Old White to make Frangipani.

Add equal parts of Old White and Emperor’s Silk to make a bright, strong, exotic flowery pink with a zing – you can see why Annie calls it Frangipani.


small swatch painted in Malacca

Add more Old White to make Malacca.

Add 3 parts of Old White to 1 part of Emperor’s Silk to make a pink. Annie calls it Malacca because it reminds her of pinks from Indonesia.

swatch progression of Emperor’s Silk

Adding Old White in 1, 2, 3 and 4 parts to lighten and bring out the true hue of the colour.

furniture painted in Emperor’s Silk over Graphite

Graphite over Emperor’s Silk allowing the red to glow through is a way to give paintwork an exotic eastern look.

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