While many people lump Portugal in with Spain, the two countries are actually quite different. In many parts of the Portugal one gets the feeling that time has stood still. The Portuguese love their traditions, food and colors. No other place exemplifies this adherence to tradition than Portugal’s capitol: Lisbon. The narrow cobblestoned streets that wind up the seven hills, the grand boulevards and the tree lined plazas evoke memories of Portugal’s long history as a world power and perseverance in retaining their cultural identity.
The Alfama district is one to oldest and picturesque areas of Lisbon. Cable cars wind their way up the narrow passages that lead up to a medieval castle at the top of the hill. Many shutters and window frames are adorned with a dark green which formed the inspiration for the Alfama Green Milk Paint. A nice rich deep green that works well as accent color and contrast to lighter shades. Portugal’s long tradition of painted tile work is evident throughout the streets of Lisbon. Emblematic of the typical Portuguese tile is a dark grayish blue that is used in countless shades as an illustration tool. It is this shade of blue that inspired the Sant’Anna Blue Milk Paint. Named after one of the oldest tile companies in Portugal: the Sant’Anna tile factory still produces their gorgeous tiles to this day.