English Yellow….too green?


When I started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® years ago, the only yellow available was Arles. While a beautiful color, it was not a primary yellow and difficult to use as such when mixing custom colors. So I was delighted when English Yellow became available in the US and I use it often when mixing. But on its own it can sometimes look…well….. just a little too green. Have you found that to be true?

paintcanEYColor is so relative. What I consider too green, you may think is the perfect yellow. Also color on a computer screen looks different from a painted sample. Your perception of any color can change with lighting, surface, texture, and the colors that surround it.

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I love English Yellow for mixing custom greens. It is strong and vibrant and holds it’s own with Florence and  Antibes Green.


Antibes English Arles Pure White copy





English Yellow straight out of the can, can be the perfect yellow for modern furniture and contemporary settings.

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But when I want a yellow that is warm and charming, not cool and sleek, I will do one of two things. I will add Old White to English Yellow for a lighter, buttery, look.

Martha Stewart yellow chest

My other “go to” option is to add a little bit of Arles and mix (not layer) them together.

EYArles copy

So what do you think? Have you tried English Yellow? Do you use it as is, or do you mix it with other Chalk Paint colors?

If you like to mix your own Chalk Paint custom colors I have several charts to help with the proportions and recipes. See my charts,  Mixing for Green,   ASCP Custom Greens,  Mixing for Orange, and Mixing for Purple.   And ..my new videos are just back from the editor so look for the  first one to be up on the blog later this week.

If English Yellow is too green for you, check out the beautiful yellows available in Classico, the chalk based paint from Pure & Original. It comes in 140 beautiful colors (Yikes!) Its available for purchase online at www.502paint.com



Sandi Holtzmuller

Your site is so imformative and beautiful! A pure delight I wait for every day!! Thank you…


Hi Leslie! Can you tell me how many parts of the English Yellow, Arles and Pure White you use. I have an old Hoosier step stool I want to paint that yummy yellow. Thanks! Colleen

Jenny Much

Hi, thanks for the information on your site! It is very helpful!!!!! I am wondering if you can advise me on a project that I am undertaking soon with a hutch and table? I have done a lot of research and looked for help on the island (oahu) Not too many resources here:-) I think I have it, but still need some advice to feel confident. Could I email you a picture and see what you think about what I am doing?
Thank you!


I totally agree that English Yellow has a green tint. I wanted a pale lemon yellow for an antique dresser and knew that Arles was too gold. Annie Sloan suggests mixing English Yellow with Old White to get a pale lemony colour which is what I did but in spite of the creaminess of the Old White, I found that the colour always has a green tint when it dries. I wish I had mixed in Arles with the EY because I am not completely happy with the finished product.
On its own, I find English Yellow too bright and actually jarring to look at and have yet to see anything that I like painted in that tone although your chair does look pretty good. I wonder why AS has not produced another yellow in her line of paints.


I have painted s green cabinet with 3 coats of Englush yellow and it has a lot of green in it. Would painting another coat with the Aries mixed with the English yellow give it s more buttery color? How many coats is too many?


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