About Us

Crown Trade is a premium quality professional paint brand, used by contractors, decorators and builders. It is specified for use in domestic and commercial environments by specifiers looking for quality, colour choice and market leading advice and service. Now part of the Hempel Group, a world leading coatings supplier for the decorative, protective and marine markets.

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At Crown Paints we are proud to say that over 200 years of knowledge, experience and passion go into each can of paint that we manufacture here in the UK.

Our history can be traced to as early as 1777, when James Greenway first established Dob Meadows Print Shop for calico printing in Darwen, Lancashire.

After perfecting the art of commercial wallpaper production in the 1800’s, the first experiments in water-based paints began in 1904, with Walpamur Paint Company established two years later in 1906. Walpamur grew from strength to strength with its paint even being used for the Demarcation stripes on all planes in the D-Day landing in 1944.

In 1949 we were granted our first Royal Warrant as supplier to King George VI, with the warrant then renewed six years later by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955 and remains to this day.

First introduced to the market in the 1970’s, Crown was originally a brand name under Walpamur, with the company officially becoming Crown Paints Ltd in the 1990’s.

In 2011 Crown Paints became a part of the Hempel Group, a world-leading coatings supplier to the decorative, protective, marine, container and yacht markets.

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We pride ourselves on our dedication to innovation. From our world class products, research and development and commitment to reducing ours and our customers carbon footprint.

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In 2001, we were first to market with our breakthrough Breatheasy formulation. A 99% solvent free product available in hundreds of beautiful colours.



Sustainability is incredibly important to Crown Paints, which is why in 2008 we launched our pioneering sustainability programme, earthbalance, which sets the blueprint for a greener way to do business.

We have a dedicated sustainability team, who deliver ambitious targets year on year.

In 2018 our targets include:

  • A 5% reduction in energy consumption in manufacturing
  • A 5% reduction in waste volume
  • A 5% reduction in water usage
  • Zero lost time incidents

Kick Out The Can

Kick Out The Can

Kick Out The Can

Kick Out The Can is our annual scheme which gives homeowners the chance to return their surplus paint to our own Crown Decorating Centres for recycling. The paint is then delivered back to our site where it is repurposed and recycled, ready to be donated to community projects and deserving charities across the UK.

In 2017, Kick Out The Can had its most successful year to date, with more than 30,000 unwanted cans returned, a 50% improvement on 2016.

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