Gainsborough Wash

Antibacterial paint
Emission free paint
Breathe easy paint
Asthma safe paint

The sophisticated neutral

Sometimes you don't want the walls of your room to be the main focal point, instead they should be the perfect accompaniment. This is where Gainsborough Wash is ideal. Without having to use a bland 'me too' magnolia, it provides a calming, neutral backdrop that allows your accent colours and choice of furniture and accessories to take centre stage. It is a fabulous sophisticated colour that is a gorgeous blend of soft yellow, dirty beige and a hint of grey.

magnolia emission free paint
VOC free paint

Which finish?

Our paint is available in three beautiful emulsion finishes as well as a versatile and hardwearing gloss, suitable for interior and exterior wood and metal surfaces.

Matte - A solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required.

Eggshell - More lustre than a matte finish; low-sheen rather than shiny.

Silk - Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish.

Gloss - Versatile and hardwearing, suitable for interior and exterior use.

A paint that does more...

It’s 100% VOC free

A zero emission, odour-free water-based paint, free from carcinogens, petrochemicals and hazardous fumes of any kind.

It's antibacterial

Containing a unique and fully-certified antimicrobial additive that is effective against all known bacteria.

It's beautiful

Our pigment-rich paint provides exceptional coverage and opacity, bringing walls to life with a finish and depth of tone to be proud of.

It absorbs pollutants

Little Knights contains a unique monomer that transforms formaldehyde molecules into harmless vapour.

Similar colours

Although Gainsborough Wash is a wonderful neutral colour, it does still bring a presence to a room. If you want an even softer colour then try Pale Ochre - it is the same colour as Gainsborough Wash just lighter. New Thatch is also an alternative neutral colour, it is lighter, like Pale Ochre, but also more beige than yellow in tone.

Emission free paint
Magnolia VOC free paint

Sample tin

We're really sorry, but we can't take returns because you don't like the colour. Monitors, screens and devices vary in how they display colour, so please order a sample tin first to make sure you LOVE the colour before committing to it.

Free delivery

Delivery is free to mainland UK and Northern Ireland. For other areas, please contact us so that we can advise delivery costs first. All deliveries are safely packaged, sent by courier and should be with you within two to three working days.

Quality assured

Little Knights is a durable, non-toxic water-based paint that conforms fully to European Directive, EN Toy Safe legislation, EPA, FDA and HSE requirements.  Full certification is available, please contact us for more details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Early days - Update

My property is usually rented out to students who tend to dry their clothes on the radiators, which leads to the formation of mould throughout the property. After using the Gainsborough Wash and waiting over a year to determine how effective the paint is against mould, I can confirm that the mould has been completely eliminated which I consider as job done. However, the Gainsborough Wash is documented on Little Knight’s website and colour samples as being the nearest colour to Magnolia, unfortunately it is a shade of green rather than yellow.

Hi, thanks for the review, and we look forward to hearing from you when you have had longer to asses the paint's performance.
Four beautiful odourless paint finishes


For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish.  It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".


Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny.  This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain


Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger.  While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent.  It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.  


Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal.  (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!) 


Little Knights

Simply the safest paint for you and your family