The Swahili Collection - a Journey through Time and Space

Novacolor's stunning Swahili Collection was inspired by the seemingly endless spaces, uncontaminated nature, men, women, culture and language of Africa. Swahili, the language of Africa, sees differences melting into a single, unique melody of peace and love.

What better way to introduce this collection than with the immortal words of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris; 1887 - 1965; designer, architect, painter, urban planner and writer; regarded as one of modern architecture's pioneers): 'Architecture is a fact of art, a phenomenon that elicits emotion, outside of and beyond the problems of construction. Construction is to take on; architecture is to move.' And move it certainly does, in more than one way...

Reminiscent of ancient tissues, the Swahili Collection is a journey through the vast spaces of Africa, rejoicing in that beautiful melody as it it touches reminders of long forgotten times and elicits precious emotions in the eyes of the beholder.

About the Swahili Collection

Available in an array of gorgeous colours and as a gold or silver base, Swahili is a water-based decorative finishing top coat featuring metallic pigments. Designed specifically to provide designer quality finishes on interior walls within modern and classical environments, Swahili is odourless and non-toxic.

Depending on the number of coats of Swahili applied (typically one or two) and the techniques/ tools used for application, a variety of stunning effects can be achieved.

Preparation and Basic Application of Swahili

Surfaces should be consistent, sound, free of dust and other particles and dry. For best results, it is recommended to paint the wall with Novalux E (in white or a colour similar to the selected Swahili finish) and allow this coat to dry thoroughly (approximately 8 hours) before application of Swahili.

If applying Swahili to a similarly coloured coat of Novalux E, a single coat of Swahili is typically sufficient. This coat should be applied across the entire area with a short-haired (Swahili) brush, working on a small section of wall at the time to ensure the grain contained within the product is distributed evenly across the surface.

If applying the product to a white surface, a second coat of Swahili may be required, naturally allowing the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.

Although Swahili is highly resistant to abrasion and can be wiped down, extra protection can be added by application of a coat of Novacolor Clear Coat.

Achieving Varying Swahili Effects

An 'Antique Wall' effect can be achieved by applying a first coat of Swahili SWS 429 using the Swahili brush, then dabbing on a second coat - this time using Swahili Silver - with a rag or marine sponge.

Applying a coat of SWS 404 with a plastic trowel, followed by application of a combination of SWS 404 and Swahili Silver (also using a plastic trowel) will result in a 'Metallic Plaster' effect.

For the stunning 'Shantung' effect, it is necessary to apply a first coat of SWS 403 with the help of a Shantung trowel. The second coat, consisting of Swahili Silver, should also be applied using the Shantung trowel.

Applying SWS 416 using horizontal strokes with a Shantung trowel, then adding a coat of Swahili Silver using vertical strokes (again with the Shantung trowel) will result in a delightful 'Tartan' effect.

Obviously, these effects can be achieved just the same by combining differently coloured Swahili finishes with Swahili Silver or Gold. The 'Tartan' effect, for example, would look equally stunning using SWS 418 and Swahili Gold.

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