Meet Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan lives and works in Oxford, England with her husband David who runs the business with her. Born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, she came to England to a farming life in Kent when she was ten years old. With spells in Southern Africa and connections to France, Cuba and the US she feels she has world roots. She has three sons all in their twenties and has lived in Oxford for the last twenty five years.

Career Annie Sloan is probably the main reason for the painted furniture revolution through her easy to approach, lively and creative approach to painting. She has a strong desire to communicate and empower people creatively which she does through her books, workshops and paint. She has been painting for over 40 years as well as writing numerous books on the subject. She has made her own very special paint called Chalk Paint® specifically designed for furniture, that can also be used on walls and in paintings. Her paint has been made by having a knowledge of paint, pigments and art history.

Annie trained as a painter but turned to decorative work and understanding color after university. In 1987 she wrote the phenomenally successful book 'The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques' which was followed by over 20 other books on traditional paints, colors and techniques and has led to total sales of well over 2 million books worldwide and in eleven languages. Her latest books are the highly successful 'Creating the French Look' published in April 2008, 'Quick & Easy Paint Transformations' published in April 2010, and 'Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More' published in March 2013.

In 2000 she set up her shop in Oxford to showcase her Chalk Paint®, run courses, and offer interior design services using her knowledge about color. For more on Annie Sloan or to find other retailers near you, please visit


The exciting thing about the 'French Look' is that there is not just one look but at least six distinct design styles. This is partly because France is so big it encompasses the warm Mediterranean villas in the south as well as the cosy cottages of the north.

It has long been a nation with a strong rural economy and out of this has grown a robust rustic decorative style. In strong contrast to this is the grand and highly influential chateau style that developed out of the powerful aristocrats and royal family in the eighteenth century.

And then we have Paris. The 20th century saw Paris flower creating an exciting and bohemian art scene introducing to us new colour combinations and designs. On the other side of town the haute couture fashion world develped a cool elegant chic.

Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan published by Cico Books tells you more with 25 step by step projects with paint and fabrics!