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Creating patterned Stair Risers with Farrow & Ball

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.

I’ve decided to paint my stairs. My stairs is a Farrow & Ball Cornforth white which has a greyish tone to it.

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. creating patterned stair risers with Farrow & Ball 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).

teal-turquoise-wallpaper-called-enigma-by-farrow-and-ball-styling-and-photo-copyright-of-little-big-bell A series of Farrow & Ball 1940s inspired wallpaper collection has been released to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

I was delighted to be asked to celebrate with them, by baking a birthday cake, to be styled against one of these newly launched wallpapers. farrow-and-ball-wallpaper-collection-1970s-photo-and-styling-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bell Here is the chocolate brownie cake I baked for Farrow & Ball, displayed on a bright yellow cake stand. What do you think?

I styled my cake against my selected Farrow & Ball 1940s inspired wallpaper called Enigma, in a teal blue / turquoise tone. Enigma was the name derived from the encoding machine famously deciphered by British mathematician Alan Turing during World war II.

The colour is both stunning and visually calming don’t you think?  I’m loving the bold and elegant interlocking rectangular patterns too.

I specifically chose this wallpaper for its bright and bold hues. I wanted to create a room that would light up against the dark Autumnal days, whilst still maintaining a cosy feel. chocolate-brownie-cake-photo-by-little-big-bell-blog I decided to style my cake with colourful marzipan fruits and beautiful Autumnal blooms.

I wanted to evoke that feeling of seasonal change with celebratory brights, rather than with the usual dark moody tones associated with Fall.
marzipan-fruits-photo-and-styling-by-little-big-bell Can you see how the raspberry pinks, citrus lemons, limes and purples pop out against the blue green of the wallpaper?

This colourful palette forms my 2016 Farrow & Ball Autumn mood board that can be translated into an interior setting. I created an Autumn mood board in 2015 too, if you fancy checking it out. farrow-and-balls-70th-anniversary-cake-photo-by-little-big-bell The Enigma wallpaper comes in a variety of colour ways. Do check out the full range of Farrow & Ball 1940s inspired wallpaper collection.

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my colourful creation. Once again, wishing Farrow & Ball a wonderful 70th anniversary.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Farrow and Ball, but all opinion are my own).

Farrow-and-Ball-Peignoir-Little-Big-Bell Are you considering repainting your home and not sure what to pick?

I was asked by Farrow and Ball to pick my favourite colour, from their collection.

For those who know me, it probably came as no surprise, that I gravitated towards the one with a pinky hue.

I picked Farrow and Ball Peignoir, a grey pink colour with a romantic feel.

The name Peignoir  was inspired by the chiffon gowns that ladies traditionally wore, whilst brushing their hairs, in their boudoirs.

What’s interesting about this colour, is how it changes with light. It could be a muted pink at a particular time of day, and then a chalky grey at another.

For me, the colour Peignoir bears an analogy to Yin and Yang, the dark vs light and feminine vs masculine. I have created 2 moodboards to illustrate this.

My first moodboard (above) is about the pinker side of Peignoir. Farrow-and-Ball-1-Peignoir-Little-Big-Bell-blog The pink of this dusky rose and vase is what Peignoir looks like in a room filled with light or when contrasted against white. It’s the Summery side of Peignoir.

It’s only when the sun goes down, that the warmer grey tones come through.

This could be the perfect colour compromise if someone in your household is not keen on pink walls. After all, Peignoir is not pink, it’s a shade of grey, right? Peignoir-pink-grey-2-Farrow-and-Ball-paint-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have painted this background wall in Peignoir.

Peignoir is also a great backdrop for making pink colours pop, in a visually soothing way, than when placed against a stark white wall. Farrow-and-Ball-Spring-2016-colours-Peignoir-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Light pinks and hints of green, when set against Peignoir, creates a soft and cosy feel to a room.

For Autumn, I am thinking of placing a Sage green velvet sofa against a wall painted in Peignoir. Scattered on the sofa will be blush or pale pink cushions, the same colour as the rose petals above.

Does that sound cosy? Can you visualise it in your mind?
Peignoir-by-Farrow-and-Ball-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s my second moodboard. The grey side of Peignoir. Farrow-and-Ball-Peignoir-2-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Grey dominates in Peignoir when the lights are low.

Chalky whites, such as of this ceramic milk bottle, can further accentuate the grey. Peignoir-cups-1-Farrow-and-Ball-Little-Big-Bell One of my favourite colour combinations are blues and pinks. Peignoir looks wonderful when combined with turquoise blue.

When light floods into a room, the dusky pinks from Peignoir look stunning with the blues.

Equally, when Autumn/Winter sets in, and as daylight hours get shorter, those bright blues will pop against the darkening grey of Peignoir.

What do you think of Peignoir? Isn’t it wonderful to have 2 colours that can interchange with lighting.

Have a happy weekend all!

( All styling and photography in this post are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Farrow and Ball).

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