I would like a tinted plaster finish rather than a painted wall in an off-white, but not a yellowish white. Can you help?

Clayworks has a beautiful range of internal, naturally pigmented plasters. Part of the clay plasters natural appeal is the subtle colour variations inherent in the plaster. Clayworks can supply colour swatches to give you an impression of what can be achieved. The final results will also depend on how you apply and finish the plaster. Clayworks offers short courses on training or can supply a database of recommended plasterers.

Where can I find paint for a baby’s nursery?

Olive Loves Alfie's interior paint is available in twelve circus-inspired names. The range was formulated in collaboration with The Nursery Paint Company and is 100% free of Volatile Organic Compounds. The paint also has unique anti-bacterial qualities, making it ideal for all the family.

Where can I buy exterior paint in a green used by the National Trust?

Fired Earth  has launched the National Trust range of paints, inspired by the houses and gardens in its care. The collection is available in 'hardwearing emulsion' and acrylic eggshell (in some colours); I am guessing from your email that you would like an oil-based or masonry finish. Also consider the English Heritage collection from The Little Greene Paint Company  and the excellent deep rich colours from Mylands. You might contact Designerpaint, a family business that sells most major brands of paint, including Zoffany and Sanderson. They offer excellent advice and have over 130 stores nationwide.

Can you tell me how to achieve a French antique distressed look on a piece of furniture ? 

Mylands was established by French polishing expert John Charles Frances Myland who spent his life developing high quality paints and wood stains. The range includes environmentally-friendly emulsions, floor paints, and woodworking supplies including oil scumbles, transparent oil glazes and water-based lacquers. Speak to Mylands about painting your furniture. West Egg are specialists in sourcing and restoring vintage finds. Louisa also runs courses on Furniture Painting which would provide you with the expertise to achieve the French antique distressed look.

I am looking for a floor paint that gives me that French ‘washed’ look, so that you see the texture of the wood through the paint. I don’t want something too solid-looking. I was thinking of using some kind of white paint that doesn’t cover the grains of the old wood completely (the floor has been sanded). Could you please advise the best way to achieve this?

The flooring company Ambience Hardwood Flooring can supply you with the wood finishing range by Osmo - there's a 'white transparent' and a 'white spruce' sealant which would give you the effect you are after.

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