May seems to be the month for home revamps.
Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far to my son’s bedroom, my workspace and my newly upholstered sofa.
Today’s post is all about being creative with paint.
It’s all about the creative use of paint beyond walls, and to consider the room as a whole, taking into account the ceilings, floors and trims.
There are so many ways of how you could add colour to your stairs. I toyed with the idea of painting the risers in blocks of different pastel shades or a blue ombré effect but in the end, we opted for stencilling.
The thought of stencilling may fill some with dread, especially if you are imagining that 1980s stippling effect with paint.
I was happy with stippling, as long as the end result was not a dot and speck effect. We decided to use a Farrow & Ball wallpaper pattern for the design. I chose the Enigma pattern that I previously featured for Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary. Before the work on the stairs got started, I had the hallway painted in a Farrow & Ball All White. Then came the fun part, the selection of colours. My advice here is to get tester pots to test against the background colour. Each of Farrow & Ball paint colours have a complementary white which will subtly balance the scheme for a more considered feel. I picked Dayroom Yellow, Blue Ground, Nancy’s Blush, Green Blue and Pink Ground to go against the Cornforth White. What do you think of the new look?
Hope this has inspired you to create your own patterned stair risers at home. The rich colours and surprising finish combinations of Farrow & Ball paints are amazing. You can add colour to the most unexpected of places, creating a striking design statement at home.
I’ve included the video shot in my home, showing the whole process with steps explained.
Finally, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and new start to your week.
( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Robin Kitchin filmed the video and Bryony of Christie Decorating did the painting and stencils. This post has been sponsored by Farrow & Ball).