6 independent paint brands to help you get into DIY

Paint brands in the UK: 6 independent brands to help you get into DIY

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These cool, independent paint brands will have you picking up a paintbrush in no time.

As a market that has been dominated by the same names for years, the paint industry has recently been disrupted by a roster of independent, UK-based names.

Embracing the millennial woman, the brands prioritise beautiful packaging, modern websites and on-point social media platforms that are filled with ideas for decorating your place. Whether it’s your own home or making your rented room feel special, you’ll be inspired to pick up a paint brush in no time. 

But these cool, indie labels are by no means all style and no substance. Along with taking solid stances on sustainability and ensuring all paints are super high quality, they know what’s up when it comes to colour, too. From piercing jade greens to chic neutrals and the perfect blush pink, we think you’ll find something you instantly love.  

  • Pickleson Paint Co.

    Pickleson Paint Co.
    Pickleson Paint Co.

    We fell for Pickleson Paint Co. as soon as we saw the brand’s gorgeous pink paint tins. Seriously, we didn’t care what was in them, we just wanted the tin as an ornament.

    Luckily, the paint kept inside is equally as covetable. Pickleson emphasises that its paints give great coverage, dry quickly, are non-toxic and the colours they stock are bang on trend.

    From artichoke blue to Roman green and Budapest pink, these are the shades you’d totally expect to be on the walls of the quirky little hotel you’re hankering over on Instagram.

    Launching in summer 2020, the brand is founded by Rachael and her partner Alex, who recognised a lack of beautifully designed and truly sustainable options in the paint industry and with their combined love of interiors decided to start Pickleson, which we’re already huge fans of.

    Shop Pickleson Paint Co., from £31

  • Lick

    Lick paint
    Lick paint

    Lick launched the day the UK went into lockdown in 2020 – so was ready and waiting for all those would-be DIY pros to do up the homes they’d be spending the next few months looking at.

    The first thing that makes Lick different is its aesthetic, and we don’t mean what’s in the pot. From the website to the brand’s social media presence, Lick is a breath of fresh air thanks to its easy-to-use platforms. This brand feels modern and switched on to what customers want in 2022.

    Of course, the colours are divine, too. With matt, eggshell and exteriors paints available, you can shop an array of colours from the 12 perfect pinks to the 20 greens (ranging from sage and olive to holly or foliage). For every colour on offer, the website also handily displays which other options pair best with your chosen shade – with both sample pots and easy-to-use peel and stick samples available.

    Shop Lick, £42

  • YesColours

    YesColours paint
    YesColours paint

    Is your space in need of an injection of joy? Newly launched paint brand YesColours promises just that, seeking to inspire optimism through colour. On a mission to open joyful colour palettes up to everyone, founders John Stubbs and Emma Bestley took their love for colour, paired with inspirations from around the world and their own experiences to form the brand.

    With a strong focus on the emotive impact of a colour scheme, the brand sets out to help you make the right choices for a cohesive home. To make choosing easy, the colours are grouped in collections, from calming and serene to fresh, eclectic and joyful – just what you need to find the ideal paint to suit the mood of your space.

    The brand also has a strong stance on sustainability, using raw materials, design and production based in the UK to offer up alternative products that benefit the environment as well as making it easier for customers to make better informed choices and recycle their waste more easily.

    Shop YesColours, from £21

  • Coat Paints

    Coat Paints
    Coat Paints

    Launched in September 2020, Surrey-based Coat is all about making painting simple. And making taking the effort out of having an Insta-worthy home.

    From punchy teal to dark stone beige, the on-trend range of colours will have you covered for every wall – but if you’re feeling indecisive, they offer swatch bundles such as pinks, blues, warm neutrals and monochromes to help narrow down your search. And you can forget messy tester pots, the hand-painted peel-and-stick swatches are 100% accurate, for a no fuss way to test your chosen colours in various rooms and different lights.

    Available in eggshell, flat matt, soft sheen and exteriors finishes, Coat promises paints that are both high quality and consciously made. And with all orders delivered the very next day, there’s no need to wait to start transforming your walls.

    Shop Coat Paints, from £25

  • Dab Paints

    Dab Paints
    Dab Paints

    Taking eco-friendly decor to new heights, Dab offers a selection of soya bean-based paints. Another newcomer to the world of decorating, the brand only launched at the end of 2021, currently offering a selection of 20 nature-inspired colours.

    Each has been carefully chosen to fit alongside each other, meaning you can get as colourful as you like with no clashes.

    Aside from being plant-based, chemical free and organic, Dab stands out from the crowd with its new take on packaging. The cardboard outer sleeves of the pots use bio-degradable inks, along with a recycled tin inner vessel. What’s more, every 500ml pot comes with a complimentary seed pack for you to plant at home – simply fill your cardboard sleeve with soil, plant your seeds and then plant the whole container in your flower bed.

    Shop Dab Paints, £23.95

  • Lust Home

    Lust Home paint
    Lust Home paint

    Specialising in colourful patterned wallpaper to give your home some life, Lust added a selection of paint to its growing home decor range in January.

    Each of the 30 paint colours has been made to complement their array of original designs. Although the shades aren’t the most comprehensive selection on our list, you can guarantee something will catch your eye, whether that’s the perfect buttery shade of yellow or a rich terracotta red.

    The paints are also solvent-free, low odour, durable and made to last – and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the highly photogenic palm and leopard print tins.

    Shop Lust Home, £32

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