Hicks and Weatherburn launch new paint range inspired by Yorkshire countryside
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:22 14 May 2015
Artisan paint company launches new interior colours inspired by Yorkshire's hills and dales
One of the oldest manufacturing businesses in Leeds has launched a new range of interior paints inspired by the Yorkshire countryside. Hicks and Weatherburn began manufacturing in Yorkshire in 1741 and still makes all its paint by hand. Owner Jonathan Wain, a keen walker, says: ‘When I came to launch my new luxury interior paints I realised that the inspiration for the colour range was all around me.’
The paint names on the Hicks and Weatherburn colour card include Buttertubs, Hawes Cream and Kilnsey Crag, all soft neutral shades and more dramatic tones of Burnsall Heather, Malham Tarn and Strid. ‘There are some bold colours that reflect the dramatic nature of Yorkshire’s dales and hills which sit perfectly alongside gentler hues, which reflect the warmth and character of the county and its people,’ says Jonathan.
Hicks and Weatherburn has been a well kept secret amongst Yorkshire decorators for years. The company is also well-known amongst theatre companies and set makers who value the fact that they can request small batches and exact shades for specific projects.
Now Jonathan is taking his products to the wider public with his new range of paints, handmade in Yorkshire. ‘Hicks and Weatherburn was one of the first manufacturing companies to exist in Leeds and is still thriving more than 250 years on,’ says Jonathan. ‘I believe our new interior paint range will stand us in good stead for many years to come.’
Jonathan is proud of his company’s heritage but also aware of the demands of the modern consumer. He has developed a formula for his artisan paint that delivers the quality and opacity that he knows people expect from interior paint. ‘Our paints are pigment rich and have been developed to give excellent coverage and because we hand make it in small batches we can guarantee quality and performance,’ he says.
‘We feel it’s important that customers can depend on our paint to be safe, solvent free and environmentally friendly so we manufacture to strict EU environmental standards. We feel very fortunate to be based in Yorkshire and this beautiful part of the country has been the perfect inspiration for our new colour range.’