Review: Decorating With Colour by Ros Byam Shaw

Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourInspiration is often much needed mid works, especially if you live in the midst of a mucky building site! It arrived this month in the form of a rather beautiful book called “Decorating with Colour” showcasing some stunning Farrow & Ball adorned properties. I’m partial to a bit of F&B as you know, and was so upset to miss my opportunity to explore their Dorset factory earlier this Autumn – I’m determined to go next year instead. I’ll be getting my practical paint fix as we progress the interior design at Moregeous Mansions and am already using the classic deep grey Railings for my fascia boards and exterior woodwork, but this book gave me lots of visual interior inspiration from homes across the world to feast my eyes on. Divided into three sections Classical, Country and Contemporary, there were ideas and images taken by photographer Jan Baldwin dotted throughout which appealed to my sense of style, and I’ve snapped my favourites for you. These two images below I adore. The one on the left is a Danish apartment with walls painted All White and accents of black and gold. Loving the antique eel catchers and brass tap. The one of the right is stunning, the contrast between the Eames chairs, vintage stripped back timber and bare bricks – ticks all my boxes at the moment! Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourA bit of French fancy also jumped out at me courtesy of an amazing 17th century chateau, full of faded elegance and glamorous touches. Naturally distressed surfaces work wonderfully next to organic material and gilded pieces – this photograph is perfection. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourThis dramatic German hallway uses Pitch Black and Harwick White, a combination I really like. I love the arched almost black windows, gold accent table, large handles and splash of green too. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourOn the right below I like this idea of a very deep doorway with ornate detailing. We will have a one with similar depth from our new kitchen to the utility room and I’m getting some ideas from this 🙂 I’m also drawn attracted to dark, distressed panelling at the moment, on furniture or walls. This huge wardrobe below left painted in Brinjal eggshell is gorgeous. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourMore dark delights in this one, I’m a little inspired by the fire in the midst of the dark wall…. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourOf course the outside of our homes is just as important as the inside as any good estate agent will tell you! These pretty farmhouse images from a property in Norway reminded me of the most perfect gingerbread house, ornate but simple. The bottom left image of Green Smoke painted shutters in Spitalfields appealed to me as well, I’ve got a bit of a thing about shuttering at the moment. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourNow these two below you’ll either love or hate. The bathroom on the left is a bit weird but I’m intrigued by the linear organic effect rather than those pillars or marble basin. The very striking paint effect in the kitchen of All White dripping into Charlotte’s Locks with a black kitchen doesn’t work for me colour wise but would look amazing with different shades, I like the idea of it. Review: Farrow & Ball Decorating With ColourI’m very lucky to be able to collaborate with my favourite brands like this on reviews. I liked this book and found genuine inspiration in its pages. I don’t *quite* yet have an appropriately gorgeous coffee table for it as we’re still mid-build, but expect to see it positioned elegantly sometime in 2015 🙂

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