Burnt Toast. Nicotine. Silver Polish. The swoon-worthy set of new paint colors from Plain English, beloved British creators of bespoke kitchens, have equally eye-catching and evocative names.
There’s Candied Peel, a decadent orange inspired by the sticky sweet; Tea Caddy, a vibrant blue nod to the Chinese porcelain ubiquitous in early English tea culture; and Bib and Braces, a faded indigo nostalgic for cotton and canvas workwear like aprons and chore jackets.
The 12 offerings range from dark and moody to soft and light to bright and bold. British provenance aside, designer Rita Konig and the brand’s color consultant, Kate Shaw, drew on inspiration as strong and varied as the spectrum itself.
With the neutrals, Konig nods to architect Gil Schafer, a longtime friend and collaborator. “I love how he uses earth tones very often,” Konig says. “They’re not colors—it’s not like having a pink room or a green room. When you use an earth tone, it just is the room.” The rest of the shades “illuminate” the murkier set, she says.
Her trick for decorating with such a range is simple: For a kitchen, pick one hue for the walls, one for the cabinets and one for the island. Here, Konig and Plain English shared other very British tips and recipes with us, too, inspired by colors in the collection.