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Farrow & Ball How to Decorate: Transform your home with paint & paper Hardcover – 5 May 2016
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Transform your home with inspiration and advice from one of the world's leading home decorating brands, Farrow & Ball.
About the Author
Having joined Farrow & Ball over 19 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing the new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa has worked with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects. A self-confessed 'colour-geek', Joa's passion for interior design and colour means her own home is under constant renovation and she claims to redecorate it at least once a month.
Head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, has been working with Farrow & Ball for the past nine years. She has full responsibility for creative direction, including product development, brand identity, photography, showroom design and much more. Charlotte is passionate about pattern, colour and design and spends much of her free time redecorating her beautiful Victorian apartment by the sea.
Farrow & Ball
Paint pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball founded their company in 1946. They met while working at a local clay pit and later went on to build their first factory in Dorset, southern England, where the company is still based. Farrow & Ball is now one of the world's leading home decorating brands, manufacturing decorative paint and wallpaper that transform homes around the globe.
Farrow & Ball paint is distinguished for its depth of colour and unique finish developed through the use of high levels of pigment, rich resin binders, and ingredients with a high refractory nature. In addition, its complementary wallpaper products are handcrafted using Farrow & Ball paint with traditional block and trough printing methods, creating a distinctive tactile texture.
Farrow & Ball distributes its paints and papers to 70 countries worldwide, and there are more than 50 Farrow & Ball showrooms in the UK, Europe and North America, as well as over 1,500 independent retailers who support the brand.
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Grab one if you're redecorating a whole place like us and are into your F&B colours.
Tip/Confession: I got F&B colours colour matched into my decorator's preferred brand to save a lot of money. Colours work out quite well. Take a swatch to your local decorating center.
But where to begin? Paint choice nowadays is limitless, and picking a colour for a room can feel daunting - even more so when you want to decorate a whole house. How will one room look next to the other? Will the colours go together? How best to choose a colour palate? Will they work with your furniture and fabrics? Do you pick a warm or a cool colour? A neutral or a statement tone? One colour per room or several, for contrast?
If, like me, you’ve ever asked yourself these kinds of questions, this book will be of help. As it states in the introduction: “Our intention is that you can use this book as a manual to refer to when you have a decorating quandary but also when you simply need some inspiration” I think it achieves it’s goal rather well. The book is divided into three parts following a short preamble that explains the F&B company history, sources of inspiration, and how they go about creating paint and paper.
PART ONE pages 25 – 94 “Where to Start” gives us some theory that will be universally handy, especially for anyone feeling daunted. It eases us in to the process by explaining architectural terms, factors to consider when choosing colour, quality of light, colours and the colour wheel, and all the different types of neutrals.
PART TWO pages 95 – 218 “The Manual” is more practical, and helps the reader translate theory into a paint scheme. We are given coverage rates, then advice on the various aspects involved – dark on light, light on dark, one colour, flow between rooms, unifying colours, feature walls and shapes, accents, floor colour, picture rails and dados, cornice and mouldings, ceilings, bedrooms, wallpaper, exteriors, architectural era, how to physically paint a surface and the effect of light on that surface.
PART THREE pages 219 - 261 “The Directory” gives more information on F&B and explains the qualities of the different finishes available such as dead flat, eggshell, emulsion, gloss, distemper, limewash etc.
This isn’t a dull technical manual at all, it’s more a sumptuously illustrated coffee table book that is also an enjoyable and engaging read. The photography is excellent, and the pictures all give valuable visual examples of the ideas expressed in the text. The architecture shown is predominantly (but not exclusively) Georgian or Victorian but the theory and advice are relevant to any era.
Yes, it’s true that the book hails from the well known quality paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball, and as such is designed to promote their own paint range. But the information and advice contained within it can for the most part be applied to other ranges too. Having read the book I certainly feel a lot more confident about choosing a colour scheme that will suit the spaces involved, flow well from room to room and create the ambiance I’m looking for. It leaves me feeling supported and reassured that I can decorate my house to it’s best advantage. And given that a good paint scheme can literally add thousands to the value of a property, books such as this seem like a no-brainer! Besides that, the quality of the space that we inhabit has a direct effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. So making our homes a little more beautiful and uplifting is an investment in ourselves and our families too. I therefore heartily recommend this book.
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The first thing thing that caught my eye are the photos; there are literally hundreds and each one is top quality and there for a good reason - to show how things could be done. If images are not your thing then the words will be. Written in a helpful and unpatronising tone the advice they give is sensible and, most important, doable!
They explore the use of colour families - red, yellow, green, blue and darks and helpfully the photos used display rooms of all ages and styles. If your house is modern you will feel just at home with the images as if you live in period splendour! Longer sections explore the use of neutrals (who would have imagined there could be quite so many whites!) and this is the section I felt most at ease in.
The authors then go on to explain how to decorate, deal with shapes and feature walls, floors, ceilings, cornicing ...... the list goes on and on! I found the sections on light - my house faces north and East and I was going to stick with a shade of white but feel emboldened to go for something different thanks to their good advice.
The last section is on Farrow and Ball paints themselves and there is a very helpful space inside the back cover to file your grand ideas and paint charts. Such a good idea!
All in all I am delighted with this painting 'bible' - no more boring paint jobs for me! I can see that I will use this time and time again. I'm sure that it, like the paint the company makes, will become a timeless classic and a must have for all house-holds!