Eco-paints to revive 900 year-old Combermere Abbey

Architectural Historian and environmental campaigner Edward Bulmer will bring eco-friendly colour to life at Combermere Abbey, following a £2 million restoration of its North Wing.

Private owners of the Combermere estate, Sarah Callendar Beckett and her husband Peter, have chosen the ‘green’ interior designer who describes himself as a ‘Colourman’ in the 18th Century sense of the word ­– mastering both the art and science of colour – to help complete the project.

Sarah Callendar Beckett explains why she chose Edward Bulmer’s range of paints and expertise: “Whilst we’re compelled to ensure the North Wing is restored to Grade I Listed standards, we’re also very keen to bring the Abbey into the 21st Century and make sure that it’s an environmentally-friendly project.

“Edward Bulmer is renowned for his keen eye for colour and an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic paints and interiors, so his breathable ‘Pots of Paint’ range is the ideal choice for the colour scheme of Combermere Abbey’s North Wing. The fact that only natural pigments and ingredients, such as plant resins and beeswax, are used appeals not only because they are more eco-friendly but also because historically the Abbey would have been decorated with natural mediums, simply because synthetics paints didn’t exist! We can’t wait to see the final result.”

Edward, who has been central to the redecoration of many of Britain’s most historic properties, including Althorp and Goodwood House, added: “It’s a privilege to work on Combermere Abbey. It’s a remarkable building and I’m so pleased to be helping bring it back to its former glory. Using authentic paints will give the North Wing a new lease of life but remain sympathetic to its history.”

The North Wing Restoration is due to be completed in April 2016. For more information about the restoration project visit


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