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Annie Sloan (born 19 June 1949) is a British artist, colour expert and author.

After studying Fine Art at university in the 1970s, Sloan went on to write several books on traditional paints and decorative painting techniques, starting with The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques in 1988. She developed her own line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint, in 1990.


Annie Sloan was born in Sydney in 1949 to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. Following seven years of studying Fine Art in England, Sloan turned her attention to decorative painting. Her first book, The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques, was co-authored with Kate Gwynn and published in 1988. The success of the book launched her career as a decorative paint expert and led to opportunities to teach decorative painting techniques internationally.

Sloan then went on to develop her own brand of paint, Chalk Paint, in 1990. Initially the paint was manufactured in Belgium.

She opened her first shop in Headington, Oxford, in 2000, where she sold her paint, as well as fabrics and ready-painted furniture.

Her book Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More was published in 2013. This was followed by Room Recipes for Style and Colour in 2014.

In 2015, Sloan introduced a second brand of paint, Wall Paint, in Europe. Her business is based in Oxford, England, which she runs with her husband, David.

In 2017, Sloan entered into a partnership with Oxfam to create a new colour called Lem Lem, inspired by Oxfam's Ethiopian Seed Project.

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