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.
…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.
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!