Choosing Natural Paint Finishes | Edward Bulmer Paint

We aim to ensure that you get perfect results in your home decorating. All of our heritage paints are of the highest quality and are made with only natural ingredients, but each is different in its appearance, application and strengths.

All of our 90 natural paint colours come in the following finishes:

Interior Wall Paint

Emulsion:  A superior quality, water based, natural paint which creates a luxury, chalky matt finish which will bring your walls alive, with an unmatched depth of colour only achieved by using natural pigments.

A tough paint for maximum performance and good coverage with aesthetically low sheen expected from a premium paint. But made only from natural ingredients.

Our Emulsion is: 

  • Durable, quality paint 
  • Naturally pigmented with unrivaled depth of colour
  • Low sheen, matt finish (4% sheen) 
  • Breathable 
  • Applicable in two coats with excellent coverage
  • Made with only natural ingredients and water based
  • Toxin free
  • VOC free and no odour 
  • Good for spraying
  • Quick drying 
  • Easy to clean up after application 
  • Wipeable, stain and scuff resistant 
  • Available in our full range of 90 designer colours  
  • Child and pet safe
  • Genuinely eco friendly

Interior Woodwork and Metalwork Paints

Water Based Eggshell:  A solvent free, non yellowinng and quick drying paint made with plant oils, minerals, natural pigments and bound with a novel, semi-natural binder called Decovery.  Durable, satin finish suitable for all interior and exterior joinery and metalwork.  Effectively VOC free (< 1g/l which is classed as VOC free in the EU) - much lower than other modern water based eggshell.  Very easy to apply with a brush or roller and quick drying.

The ideal complement to our Emulsion. Its creamy impression is luxuriant but it is robust enough to withstand the rigours of modern living. 

Our Water based Eggshell is:

  • Easy to apply with good coverage
  • Robust and hard wearing
  • Wipeable
  • Vurtually VOC free (< 1g/l which is 0.07%)
  • No odour
  • Quick drying - dust dry 2 hrs, recoatable 6 hrs, fully cured 24 hrs
  • Mid sheen, soft creamy finish (30%) 
  • Naturally pigmented with unrivalled depth of colour
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Toxin free and water base 
  • Stain and scuff resistant 
  • Brushes easy to clean up after application 
  • Available in our full range of 90 designer colours
  • Child and pet safe 
  • Honestly eco friendly paint and not just the packaging!

Traditional Oil Eggshell: A rare oil eggshell made from linseed oil, free of acrylics or alkyds or petrochemicals, which looks beautiful, is extremely durable and is good for your woodwork. This paint is ideal for all woodwork, furniture and radiators and it gives a wonderful depth of finish, full of colour. It is much admired HOWEVER this paint is a specialist paint and so we do not sell without consultation with one of our paint expert.   If you are not an expert either then we recommend that you use the water based eggshell or gloss.

Linseed oil paint must be applied as part of a system.  All new woodwork must be primed with our natural wood primer, then a coat of natural oil undercoat must be applied, followed by 2 top coats.  Woodwork that has already been painted only needs undercoat and then two top coats.  All coats must be applied thinly and must be thoroughly dry before application of next coat.

Linseed oil paint takes longer to dry.  We recommend that you sand lightly between coats to check that it is perfectly dry before applying the next coat.  Linseed oil paint does not like temperatures of below 8 degrees during application or it will struggle to dry.

Traditional Oil Eggshell is available in most of our colours.  It is important to note that it is prone to yellowing in the off whites and some of the lighter colour if not exposed to sufficient UV.

Our Traditional Oil Eggshell is:

  • Robust and durable, applied as top coat as part of a system.
  • 10 times more breathable than other eggshells 
  • Mid sheen, soft creamy finish (25%) 
  • Naturally pigmented with unrivalled depth of colour
  • Toxin fee - linseed oil based
  • Made with only natural ingredients
  • Easy to apply with good coverage but should be applied thinly 
  • Needs 10-12 hrs to dry in well ventilated space, temp above 8 degress during application 
  • Wipeable, stain and scuff resistant 
  • Easy to clean up after application 
  • Available in full range of 90 designer colours 
  • Child and pet safe 
  • Genuinely eco friendly

Exterior Woodwork and Metalwork

Water Based Eggshell:  A solvent free, non yellowinng and quick drying paint made with plant oils, minerals, natural pigments and bound with a novel, semi-natural binder called Decovery.  Durable, satin finish suitable for all interior and exterior joinery and metalwork.  Effectively VOC free (< 1g/l which is classed as VOC free in the EU) - much lower than other modern water based eggshell.  Very easy to apply with a brush or roller and quick drying.

Our Water based Eggshell for exterior use is:

  • Easy to apply with good coverage
  • Robust and hard wearing
  • Wipeable
  • Vurtually VOC free (< 1g/l which is 0.07%)
  • No odour
  • Quick drying - dust dry 2 hrs, recoatable 6 hrs, fully cured 24 hrs
  • Mid sheen, soft creamy finish (30%) 
  • Naturally pigmented with unrivalled depth of colour
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Toxin free and water base 
  • Stain and scuff resistant 
  • Brushes easy to clean up after application 
  • Available in our full range of 90 designer colours
  • Child and pet safe 
  • Honestly eco friendly paint and not just the packaging!

Oil Gloss: A gorgeous gloss finish suitable for use on all exterior woodwork and ironwork. When cured it remains permanently elastic with no tendency to peel and blister even when subject to intense weathering. Made with linseed stand oil and coloured with natural pigments for impressive colourfastness. This oil gloss will last a lot longer than any synthetic alternatives. More expensive but worth every penny. 

Our Oil Gloss is:

  • Tough for outdoor use 
  • Fine gloss finish, sheen (55%)
  • Made with only natural ingredients
  • Performs over 7+ years 
  • Breathable, no flaking or water retention
  • Naturally pigmented with unrivalled depth of colour 
  • Toxin free - linseed oil based
  • Good coverage with careful application in thin coats 
  • Needs 24 hrs to dry. Only fully cured after a few weeks 
  • Wipeable, stain and scuff resistant 
  • Available in full range of 90 designer colours 
  • Child and pet safe 
  • Genuinely eco friendly