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Mylands paints and polishes have adorned interiors across the world, from stately homes to esteemed film and television sets, interior showroom spaces and prestigious art galleries.

The Mylands family founded business has come a long way since it was established, however it continues to stay close to home in the heart of London where it was originally founded.

Keep reading to discover the Mylands story and its illustrious 140 year heritage below.

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Mylands has been manufactured and produced in the heart of London since it was founded in 1884.

Image Credit: Carmel King

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Left: Founder, John Myland; Right: Founder, John Myland at the first Mylands store located in Lambeth, London

Mylands' story goes back to 1884 when founder, John Myland set up his store in Lambeth, London selling paints and polishes. His steadfast dedication to delivering the highest quality paints and polishes cultivated a reputation for excellence that Mylands proudly maintains, using the finest raw materials, including crushed Carrara marble. 

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Left: Mylands on-site team in 1977 at the factory in West Norwood; Right: Mylands on-site team in 2022 at the same factory site in West Norwood. 

Image Credit: Carmel King

Soon after, a factory followed in the same neighbourhood, and to this this is where Mylands production site, showroom space and head office is currently situated. Mylands' production of its luxurious paint and quality wood polishes is still maintained in London and overseen by its esteemed Colour Scientists and team of experts. With this, the business has been passed down from generation to generation, with John's great-grand son, Dominic Myland at the helm of Mylands.

Through its rich heritage, Mylands paints have been famed from film sets to palaces, known in the industry for its unmatched quality and intense depth of colour. Across the world, Mylands has featured in numerous homes, proving its durability, ease of use and sustainable efforts.

Through the years, Mylands has become synoymous with film, television and theatre production, as well as cultural institutions. Within film and television, Mylands has been part of largescale productions including James Bond (since the first movie, Dr. No); Harry Potter, Star Wars; The Barbie Movie; Game of Thrones and The Crown. Notable cultural instuitions has seen Mylands paints offset against artworks from David Hockey to Rubens in gallery spaces including The National Portrait Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

As a testament to its expertise, Mylands was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1985 which has been upheld for 40 years. Its products have been used in the royal households, most notably Buckingham Palace.

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Above: Manufacturing and production of Mylands' luxurious paints and high quality polishes all take place at Mylands' factory, located in Lambeth, London.

Left: The British Royal Coat of Arms and Royal Warrant logo. Mylands was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1985 that has been upheld for 40 years.
Image Credits: Carmel King

The signature collection, Colours of London pays tribute to Mylands' hometown and is a celebration of its British roots. Despite England's notorious grey skies, London proves to be full of colour - from iconic double decker buses, pastel terraced houses and bold statement front doors.

The collection's conception began with current CEO Dominic and his father collecting colours across many of London's historic landmarks. The result was a carefully curated palette of 120 colours imbued with the essense of London. An immediate success, the Colours of London collection is now one of the brand's best sellers.

Mylands further colour collections include The Archive Collection - 12 enduring shades, which celebrates Mylands' legacy; Greys & Neutral - is a 24 colour palette to build a timeless, sleek aesthetic; and the FTT (Film, TV and Theatre) Collection - reflective of Mylands' longstanding relationship with the entertainment industry, the collection comprises of an exclusive 20 colours taken from sets to be brought into the home.

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Discover Mylands' wide variety of colours and collections below.

Should you be in the Lambeth area, we do hope you will consider stopping by the Mylands' showroom. Here you will be greeted by our expert team who will be able to assist with any questions and queries you may have. 

The showroom is easily accesible by public transport and provides complimentary on-site parking.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Address: Mylands, 26-34 Rothschild Street, Norwood, London, SE27 0HQ

Mylands looks forward to welcoming you to its Lambeth showroom.