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Dulux Lets Artwork Shine

A range of Dulux Trade coatings has been used to help create a hardworking, contemporary interior design scheme for the prestigious Calken Gallery in Kensington, London. The gallery, which is situated on Kensington Church Street had a number of specific requirements when it came to decoration, including the need for a durable, aesthetically pleasing finish, to show off the artwork to best effect.

Calken Gallery is home to the world’s largest collection of works by prize-winning sculptor, Michael Talbot, and an array of artwork by British artist, Jeremy Houghton, so it was essential that the interior provided a sophisticated backdrop from which to display these key pieces of art. Yet due to frequent exhibition changes, the selected coatings also had to be sufficiently durable to maintain the high standard of finish for as long as possible.

To meet these demands, the gallery owners opted to use Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, a hardwearing, scuff-resistant emulsion which would protect the walls during the reorganisaton of the artwork. A water-based product, and up to ten times more stain resistant than traditional Vinyl silk emulsions, Dulux Trade Diamond Matt can be easily wiped clean, extending the maintenance cycle and reducing ongoing decoration costs. The equally durable Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood was used on the wooden banisters, to provide an attractive, long-lasting mid-sheen finish.

On the ground floor of the gallery, a lack of natural light required a solution that would create a brighter space in which to display the paintings and sculptures. As such, Dulux Trade Diamond Matt was specified, in a shade from the Dulux Trade Light and Space range. The colours in the Light and Space range reflect significantly more light than standard emulsions, making spaces feel bigger and brighter. This helps to reduce the need for artificial lighting, limiting energy requirements and saving costs. The shade selected for the gallery, Absolute White, not only helped to create a lighter space, but also provided a neutral background on which to display the works.


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