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F&B – Decorating With Colour

October 29, 2013

It’s great to be another blog stop for a wonderful Book Blog Tour and I’m really pleased to announce that today we are going to talk about one of the best brands that Britain can offer!

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If you love elegant and vibrant interiors, if you’re a fan of the greatest interior design magazines you surely must have heard about Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers. Yes? No? Even if the F&B logo doesn’t say anything to you, to my mind it’s high time we all got to know a bit more about Farrow & Ball – the brand that should be named together with cricket, Savile Row tailoring, roast beef and even Downton Abbey, when we talk about Britain and all the classy things it has to offer to the rest of the World!

Could we find a better way to get acquainted with something than flicking through pages of a beautiful book?

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The huge ceiling beams are painted ‘Book Room Red’

If you ask me Ros Byam Shaw is a real expert on what Farrow & Ball has to offer. Firstly, she has already written a book about English houses decorated using their products, secondly, she has used them herself and has lived with them for the past 25 years. This new book is a continuation of her journey, as she’s exploring foreign locations (France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Norway, and Switzerland), while meeting designers, architects, and home owners who are fans of Farrow & Ball, appreciating their paints and wallpapers purely for their quality.

This book offers a plethora of photographs depicting stylish homes. Exploring these flats, villas and houses, that seem so different, you’ll get acquainted with myriads of possibilities how Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers become a perfect backdrop for antique furniture or contemporary artworks.

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Walls in the Archive colour ‘Berrington Blue’, above paneling in ‘Lamp Room Gray’

You will also be invited to read interesting stories how the owners tamed there homes. How they changed and shaped them into something that can now be called their fortresses. There’s so much love involved, it’s unbelievable! For example you’ll see a home, dating back to 1722, with which the owner fulfilled his boyhood dream – to rescue an old house. 

The book and television cabinet is painted ‘Book Room Red’

The book and television cabinet is painted ‘Book Room Red’

Well, when every single thing is handpicked to create unique style, I guess it’s obvious that only the best things will make it to the finish line. Farrow & Ball products are eco-friendly and simply scream quality. To quote the book – “The paint has the feel of something that has been made by hand – both simple and beautiful,” says Antonello Radi, himself a patron and exporter of Italian craftsmanship and vernacular skills. “You can tell that the wallpapers are made with real love and care because they have such character,” says decorator Maud Steengracht.

This kitchen is painted ‘Lime White’.

Summing it up – don’t miss your chance to see some beautiful classical and contemporary interiors and to meet brilliant owners and decorators, who value Farrow & Ball, the company, that has always stayed true to its roots – with products still being made in Dorset by craftsmen, still formulated with traditional ingredients, and still bearing memorable names!

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Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour by Ros Byam Shaw is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available from www.rylandpeters.com

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