office reveal with farrow & ball (the great paint debate ...the end!)

After changing the color of absolutely everything in our house since we moved in last October, my office has been the last lingering paint project to cross off the list. I knew this was my area to have a little fun and to do something different, so I explored my options with Farrow & Ball, a company I've always admired because of their reputation of un-matched quality. And I mean, have you ever seen their beautiful shades of paint? ..and their wallpaper? It's stunn.ing.

I want to start off by saying that this room is NOT complete when it comes to styling. It's lacking a few key pieces and just doesn't feel complete to me, but it's close enough to share with you. I've never been good at waiting, after all. So just know that the walls are the main focus for now. :)

Just for fun, this is what the walls looked like before. Blue.

At some point this year, I will have to get an iMac because my laptop is starting to die and the charger doesn't charge. I say this realizing my laptop is not sitting on my desk where it should be, but downstairs on the kitchen table—I digress. When the day comes that I get a desktop computer, I will reverse my desk and position it up against the wallpaper wall. But for now, I like the desk floating so that I have my face to the door (and, um, to the TV that you can't see pictured).

Another difference between the before photo and what I've got now is the hardware on this desk. Brandon spray painted it gold one afternoon and I absolutely love it.

Some more photos before we get to the good stuff, which in this case is the wallpaper and paint.

I bought the antique cherubs shown above at Charleston Revisions. The skull is Cynthia Rowley—a good Homegoods score. The bar cart below is from Joss & Main!

...and this acrylic file box is from Target, not that it's an important part of the room or anything, but I like it. So there.

Ghost chair (above)  |  Charleston pillow (below)

The walls are Farrow & Ball French Gray, a beautiful gray/pale green shade which changes subtly depending on sunlight or artificial light. It's muted, but speaks volumes at the same time. We chose the estate emulsion formula, which is buttery and applied like a dream (says my resident painter/husband, at least). Altogether, this paint really brought a lot of character to this space that our new home is lacking.

Now, my favorite part! Can you get over this wallpaper? This is the Farrow & Ball Lotus BP 2009 wallpaper and I have to say, it's undoubtedly my favorite wall in our entire house. I love it because it's a neutral, but still makes a statement.

Farrow & Ball wallpapers are handmade to order using their very own paint, giving them a sumptuous texture. The lotus flower design is a modern take on a 100 year old French archival design. It's timeless and I'm sort of obsessed with it. Wouldn't it be fabulous in a powder bath? So would their new wallpapers, at that. You can check them out here.

Honestly, I don't know if I will ever hang anything on this wall. To me, piercing this beautiful wallpaper with a nail hole would be the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. I just don't think I can do it. But I do think it needs something, so I will figure that out one day.

Farrow & Ball products are available at farrow-ball.com and at various stockists throughout the world. Charleston friends, our local stockist is Charleston Palette & Design. It's a beautiful showroom with wonderful home decor items, as well. If you haven't been, you should soon! 


  1. Your office space is a dream. I am totally loving your wallpaper choice. It makes a statement but yet is understated if that even makes sense :-)

  2. I own an iMac and LOVE it ! I highly recommend one ! It would look lovely on your desk :)

  3. Love your desk and the gold hardware!

  4. Looks great! I took the plunge this year & did two accent walls in two separate areas of my home. I have been very pleased with both.

  5. Love your new office! It looks so calm!!

  6. That is a beautiful space! I love the wallpaper, it looks warm without being imposing - lovely x

  7. Love the wall color and fabulous wallpaper! The computer may be heavy on the petite French desk, it could be a perfect vanity in your bedroom? Perhaps add a larger modern desk from West Elm or Ikea to the wallpapered wall and Ikea Vittsjo shelves spray painted gold on each side of the desk. They are visually lightweight, which will allow the wallpaper to be seen and will give the room height and storage. My eye says the rug pattern competes with the wallpaper, let the wallpaper be the star of the room. Place a large canvas of abstract art in a soft palette over the bar cart and add the skull and little frames to the wall with the prints to make a gallery wall?

  8. The wallpaper looks amazing!! Always love farrow and ball colors you can't go wrong with them!

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