Hicks and Weatherburn

UPDATE – Hicks and Weatherburn unfortunately went out of business in 2019. Still good to read article as it is not just about them but you can’t buy their paint.

Whilst looking for information about the house I stumbled upon Hicks and Weatherburn paint company based in Penraevon Industrial Estate Leeds (about 2 miles from the house). They were established in 1741 and specialise in making paint for theatres. They still manufacture on the premises, and when I contacted them I got a lovely email back from the owner promising to help with any paint requirements. I am also very impressed that they are using a great Leeds design group Lord Whitney, hence the fantastic photographs.

I love paint, and fining new suppliers.  When I was 16 so I made my own paint by mixing artists pigment powder with pva. Finally I could get the rich matt cobalt blue and burnt ochre I wanted to paint my bedroom with

blue wall

After that I was introduced to Farrow and Ball  and have been using it for 20yrs. Since then I have dabbled with Little Greene, Paint Library, Marston and Langinger, maybe a bit of Dulux Trade, but I am hoping that I can now use Hicks and Weatherburn throughout the house.


Hicks and Weatherburn

They sent me a lovely colour card which is hand painted, very useful for actually being able to see the colours accurately. The new colours are inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, and have wonderful names, I particularly like Malham Tarn, a dark greyish blue or is that blueish grey?

water based paint image

Check them out Hicks and Weatherburn or follow them on facebook


We used Hicks and Weatherburn Drystone wall dead flat emulsion for our Drawing room and a tint of Drystone wall for the eggshell. The paints were really good to use and the colour is fantastic. Will be definitely using their colours again through the rest of the house, very impressed.

painting the room
painting the room
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