Paint Brands UK – The Complete Guide

The spectrum of paint brands and companies in the UK

No matter whether you are decorating your home, looking to give a fresh look to your office or wishing to make your shop more attractive, you will need paint; if not for protection, then for decoration. Usually for both. When looking for a paint product, the common trouble maker is the multitude of different paints, colours, textures and brands.

To help you out…

We collected the paint brands in the UK into one list with a short description about the companies’ values and how they are reflected to their products. Here you will find the paint brands from large multinational architectural coating manufacturers to the smallest eco-paint producers!

Let’s take a look at the top 5 paint brands, or you can skip ahead to read the full list!

Best Paint Brands UK – a selectionof their products

Paint brands UK
Dulux Once Matt for Walls and Ceilings

The UK’s Leading Paint Brand – Dulux

Everyone recognises Dulux and their big fluffy dog, and the brand has been a part of British homes for decades. Dulux is the UK’s leading paint brand, with over 1,200 colours in their portfolio and a range of trusted products for interior and exterior surfaces, including:

  • Dulux Once Matt Emulsion for ceilings and walls in Pure Brilliant White (pictured)
  • Dulux Weathershield Once Coat Exterior Gloss
  • Dulux EasyCare – Washable and Tough Paint for those hard-working surfaces

Paint brands UK
Crown Breatheasy Quick Dry Satin

The Leading Independent Brand – Crown Paints

Crown Paints is the UK’s largest and most successful independent paint manufacturer. Over 200 years of experience has led to Crown Paints becoming one of the most trusted paint brands in the country. They have an extensive range of interior and exterior paints, featuring:

  • Crown Breatheasy Quick Dry Satin in Brilliant White (pictured)
  • Sandtex 10 Year Exterior Gloss – for exterior wood and metal
  • Crown Breatheasy Kitchen Paint – Antibacterial+ formula

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Earthborn Claypaint Ultra-Matt Emulsion

The Environmentally Friendly Alternative – Earthborn Paints

Earthborn Paints is a brand creating high performance, breathable paints with no oils or acrylics. They are dedicated to finding environmentally sound ingredient alternatives that do not sacrifice quality and protection. Their products include:

  • Earthborn Claypaint (pictured) – a clay-base, ultra-matt finish for interior walls and ceilings
  • Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint – a durable mineral paint that dries to a matt finish
  • Earthborn Eggshell No. 17 – washable and scuff-resistant interior wood finish

Paint brands UK
Farrow & Ball Modern Emulsion Paint

The Brand for Luxurious Colour – Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball has made a name for itself through its extensive range of gorgeous, rich, highly pigmented colours. From Hague Blue to India Yellow and Arsenic (not to mention their beautiful greys), their water-based paints will beautify any space, and they have interior and exterior ranges including:

  • Farrow & Ball Modern Emulsion (pictured) – washable and durable with a matt finish
  • Farrow & Ball Exterior Eggshell – a durable silk sheen finish for exterior soft and hardwood and metal
  • Farrow & Ball Full Gloss – 95% sheen level

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Johnstone’s One Coat Matt Emulsion

The Trusted Industry Leaders – Johnstone’s Paint

Johnstone’s Paint is now one of the brands in the stable of PPG, cementing a long and trusted history. They provide top quality paints for every surface – walls, ceiling, wood, metal, floor, exteriors, and more. Their extensive range for inside and outside features:

  • Johnstone’s One Coat Matt Emulsion (pictured) – for interior walls and ceilings
  • Johnstone’s Weatherguard 10 Year Smooth Masonry – with 10 years of weather protection
  • Johnstone’s Non Drip Gloss- high sheen finish for wood and metal

Paint brands list & paint manufacturers in the UK

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Abigail Ahern

Abigail Ahern is the “woman rocking the world of interiors” as quoted by the Sunday Times. The Abigail Ahern paint collection consists of 13 colours that are made from mostly natural pigments that give redolence and depth so you get beautiful undertones with the colours subtly changing with the light.

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints (architectual coatings manufacturer)

Leading paint and coatings manufacturer, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, is celebrating after picking up two of the three Sustainable Innovation Awards on offer at the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF’s) annual awards ceremony. The company was also highly commended twice for its sustainable innovations.

Albany (UK Paint brand)

Albany paint from Brewers has been a popular choice for discerning decorators for over 25 years. They offer a whole spectrum of 600 shades in bold colours, rich tones, subtle pastels or lighter tints.

Craig & Rose Ltd (paint brand)

Established in 1829 by two young Scottish entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose, the firm’s reputation spread swiftly throughout the UK and Craig & Rose became the paint of choice for the professional painter and decorator. An establishing principle of the firm was (and still is) a dedication to quality.

Crown Paints UK

Crown Paints, located in the heart of Great Britain in Lancashire, is one of the UK’s largest and most successful paint manufacturers. With a second manufacturing site based at Hull, we also have a network of over 130 Crown Decorating Centres located across the UK and Ireland.

Designers Guild

Designers Guild paints are produced to meet the highest expectations of coverage and depth of colour. The Designers Guild paint collection consists of 154 beautiful contemporary colours that range from chalky neutrals to the wonderful vibrant hues for which they are famous for.

Dulux (UK paint brand)

Dulux paints, manufactured by AkzoNobel, picked up its first award for reducing the environmental impact of its Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt White coating. Utilising the innovative research and technology used to create the Dulux Trade Ecosure range, the paint manufacturer developed a new formulation of Vinyl Matt White that contains 15 per cent less embodied carbon and involves 20 per cent less water in the manufacturing process, when compared to its predecessor. The Dulux colour chart is renowned in the UK, almost as well known as their fluffy white dog.


Earthborn paints differ from conventional paints they do not believe you should have to sacrifice quality or style to protect your health or the environment. They use ingredients, such as plant derivatives, clays and earth pigments, carefully selected from natural and, wherever possible, sustainable sources to ensure the finished paint products are healthier to use and better for the environment.

Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball are born and bred in Dorset, England, in the same small town they have resided in since John Farrow, and fellow paint pioneer Richard Ball first founded the company. Remaining true to their traditions, Farrow & Ball stand alone as the last remaining UK paint manufacturers to produce a full range of modern and traditional formulations. The Farrow and Ball paint colours are known for their depth and vibrancy.

Fired Earth

Fired Earth began back in 1983 their aim has always been to offer products produced with authenticity, creativity and style.

HMG Paints

HMG maintains an unrivalled colour library of more than 250,000 colours and can produce paints in various colour ranges including; agricultural, decorative, industrial, commercial vehicle, pantone, NCS dimensions, RAL & British standard.

Laura Ashley

Manufactured to the highest standards using rich pigments, this exquisite range of expertly developed paint shades offers a superior finish, bringing out the best of interior walls, ceilings and woodwork.

Little Greene

With records dating back to the year 1773, the Little Greene paint works of Collyhurst Wood, on the outskirts of Manchester is one of England’s most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions.

Mini Moderns (Paint brand UK)

Mini Moderns specialist paint manufacturers have reprocessed waste water-based paint to create a premium grade matt emulsion with lovely coverage and a chalky finish. The Mini Moderns paint range contains up to 90% recycled content, made up from waste paint that has been diverted from landfill or incineration.


Mylands of London is the oldest paint manufacturer in Great Britain still owned and managed by the founding family. The team of expert technicians constantly experiment with the best available raw materials to product paints and finishes that outperform mass-produced alternatives, and they constantly strive to analyse, reproduce and develop the highest quality and range of paint colours for all applications.

Mythic Paint

Mythic paint is the recognised leader in high performance non-toxic paint. The key benefits to using Mythic are you can use in occupied areas, non-toxic and zero VOC, great coverage, easy application and splatter resistant.


It’s safe eco-friendly, economical and convenient. Naturepaint is a new decorating paint made from natural and non-toxic materials in handy powder packs.

Paint by Conran

Paint by Conran is the culmination of two and a half years work and is a dedicated paint range developed in conjunction with The Conran Partnership and Sir Terrence Conran. All Paint by Conran are environmentally friendly and conform to EN ISO 9001 standards.

Paint Library

David Oliver has become known around the world as the creative director of Paint & Paper Library, finding commercial success with his practical range of architectural paint colours; a complementary colour-by-number paint system for ceiling, cornice, wall and woodwork, using chromatic paint colours of a similar tonal weight.

PPG Paints & Coatings

Architectural Coatings EMEA is one of the largest suppliers of architectural coatings and sundry products in Europe. They sell Decorative Coatings, Wood Care, Specialty Coatings and Paint Sundries to professional painters via a network of more than 600 PPG owned decorating stores as well as via Independent Paint Specialist Stores and DIY chains.

Rust-Oleum (decorative paints)

Rust-Oleum manufactures innovative paints and coatings for professional users and consumers. With an output of over 100 million items a year, they are also the largest producer of paint aerosols in the world.


Because of their high quality finish, superb coverage and value for money, Sanderson Spectrum Paints are recognised as industry standards, frequently recommended by architects, interior designers and decorating professionals alike.


Steyport manufactures ranges of speciality paints that are uniquely tailored to individual customer’s product range requirements. They are always happy to develop unique and interesting products.


Zoffany water based paints contain virtually no VOCs (volatile organic compounds that contribute to atmospheric pollution). They carry the industry’s lowest eco-rating and are practically odourless. Zoffany oil based paints have been reformulated with sustainable vegetable oils to dramatically reduce VOC content and odour.

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