Graphenstone: Advanced Ecological Paint With Nobel Prize-Winning Technology

By Emma Love

12 months ago

Sustainable eco-paints combining natural elements with advanced technology

Graphenstone is an entry in our Interiors Book 2023.

Graphenstone: Country & Town Interiors Book 2023

Graphenstone X Ashmolean showing Kingfisher blue and Samurai and Indian Terracotta on the plinth

Awarded Cradle to Cradle Institute Gold, Silver and Bronze across all its main ranges, Norfolk-based Graphenstone stands out for being one of the most advanced ecological and natural paints in the world. Its unique formula pairs sustainable minerals such as lime, chalk, clay and silicate with Graphene, which is made from non-toxic pure carbon and the strongest material on earth. It was discovered at Manchester University in 2004 by two scientists, both of whom are now Nobel Prize winners. The combination ensures that walls can breathe, improves air quality, and lowers humidity and condensation. The high alkaline pH of the lime and the paints’ ventilating properties also deters the microbial growth of bacteria and mould.

The forward-thinking company’s latest collaboration is with The Ashmolean in Oxford, the world’s oldest public museum that is celebrating 340 years. Taking some of its most treasured objects as inspiration, the range, called The Treasured Collection, comprises 16 carefully curated shades that are practical for both home and commercial use. Colours range from the burnt orange of the maple wood used by master violin maker, Antonio Stradivari, to the vibrant teal of the feathers in John Ruskin’s Study of a Kingfisher. Each colour has been chosen and matched to the original artworks by the Graphenstone team. Other partnerships of note include with Rose Uniacke and Tim Gosling, while clients include The Eden Project and Historic Royal Palaces.


Tips, Tricks & Tools

  1. ‘Don’t ignore the fifth wall. The colour of the ceiling will be reflected on the walls and floor, so the coloured light cast must work harmoniously with both.’
  2. ‘In a whole-house scheme, keeping the colours in focused pockets will make you appreciate them more.’
  3. ‘Think about how the light changes during the day. For instance, a pink reflection from an intense Graphenstone coral painted around a window recess makes a huge difference to the space as it changes hue throughout the day.’
  4. ‘Colourful kitchens are on the rise – especially shades that are confident and purposeful, derived from nature and bring a sense of joy.’
  5. ‘Merge the indoor and the outdoor. Bring the outdoors inside by balancing cooler watery greens with red and golden yellow highlights, as if you are soaking up the sun’s rays indoors.’

Brunswick Green on panelling and Nakajima on walls with furniture from the Conran Shop and Rug from Christopher Farr

Secret Address Book

  • Fabric: Rose Uniacke, who we collaborate with on paints, has beautiful fabrics to match ( 
  • Design book: Anything by Kate Watson Smyth – she is a great source of information with flair ( 
  • Vintage homeware: Merchant & Found has a huge selection (

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