Established by James Craig & Hugh Rose, two young Scottish entrepreneurs, Craig & Rose are renowned for the quality of their paint. Over the years they have won contracts including painting the iconic Forth Bridge and manufacturing paint for St Paul’s Cathedral. Today, Craig & Rose combine their strong heritage with current trend expertise.
Many Landmarks are now decorated with paints from Craig & Rose’s 1829 collection. Our surveying and furnishings teams carry trusty 1829 colour charts as they regularly travel between our near-200 buildings and consult with Craig & Rose’s specialist team where needed.
Craig & Rose have generously provided paint for an extensive redecoration of Saddell House in Scotland, which included the development of two bespoke colours. You can read in-depth about the project, including details about colours used throughout the house, in Craig & Rose’s blog here.
Elsewhere we’ve used Moonstone Grey at Ingestre Pavilion, a range of greys and whites at Auchinleck House, Alhambra Stone at Keeper’s Cottage, plus Pulman Green and Whiting at House of Correction. We're looking forward to continuing to use Craig & Rose paint across our portfolio.
A case study: Semaphore Tower
In a flagship moment for our partnership, we’ve used Craig & Rose paints throughout the Semaphore Tower in Surrey. The Grade II*, 19th-century brick structure was once at the forefront of technology and design, and our restoration work took place during 2020 despite the unexpected complication of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We’ve sympathetically decorated Semaphore to evoke its military history, using a range of eggshell and emulsion paints. Craig & Rose’s team expertly matched historic paint fragments on the Tower’s mast, crafting a red that we’ve used both for the repaired mast itself and internally.
Throughout Semaphore, all the joinery - including doors and their architraves plus linings, skirtings, windows and their sills - are painted Pipe Clay in eggshell. All ceilings are White Doe chalky emulsion. The entrance lobby is Pipe Clay, the entrance hall is Saxe Blue and the ground floor bathroom is Regency Cream. The twin bedroom and its shower room are Steel Pole, the double bedroom is Pompadour and the sitting room Regency Cream. The kitchen walls are also Steel Pole, the hand-crafted units matched to Smalt.
The stairs, landings and basement are a striking stylised combination of White Doe and, below the string line, the special mix to match the historic red colour of the Semaphore mast. The front and back doors are, externally, Smalt and, internally, Pipe Clay. The roof balustrade and entrance railings are a special mix matched to the rainwater goods.
The double bedroom, in Pompadour.
The sitting room in Regency Cream.