Buying and renovating your first home can be an exciting but daunting process. You can view some of my renovation experiences here, but today I wanted to talk about how we are finally looking at bringing colour and texture into the home through the use of paint and accessories. This month we’ve been using Farrow and Ball ‘Railings’ paint to add some drama to dull and boring areas.
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There is obviously still a lot of major work to do (we need to save some funds again before we tackle that minefield) but for now it is important to all of us that we start making this place feel like a home and adding our own personal touches. I’m a huge fan of the Farrow & Ball colour palette and their paints were high on my list when it came to deciding how to inject a pop of colour to some of the key areas of the home. The wonderful team very kindly gifted us some paint so that I could show you our experiences so keep reading to see how we got on.
One of the first areas we tackled was the hallway and entrance porch. This was an absolute mess and being the first thing you see when you walk into the property, we knew it was important to paint this sooner rather than later. Due to the high ceilings and cold feel of the entrance porch we finally decided to bite the bullet and go with the gorgeously Gothic black/blue tones of Farrow & Ball Railings.. This is perfect for statement walls or to transform banisters and woodwork.
We painted our walls and left the door white as we are getting this replaced down the line anyway. I actually think the contrast between the white and the darkness of Railings worked well! You need to be prepared to mask off your skirting boards and to use at least two coats when working with Farrow and Ball paint to get the best coverage. It is highly pigmented and catches the light beautifully. Farrow and Ball ‘Railings’ looks jet black in some lights and in others it can radiate beautiful blue undertones which just lifts the whole space. It really is quite magical!
Once the walls were painted we went on the hunt for some accessories to dress the entrance porch. Adding a touch of greenery with artificial plants really helped counter-balance the darkness of the walls. We found these amazing Vintage Coat Hooks from Idyll Home and they have absolutely transformed the hall. That rustic, cool toned wood with the dark metal hooks works perfectly to create a look that is both practical and stylish.
The length of this coat rack was practically made to measure for our hallway and the generous space between each hook leaves perfect room for hanging accessories when you arrive home. A great piece for guests to see as they walk in and hang up their coats. Priced at £39.00 from www.idyllhome.co.uk
With the addition of some bold and bright artwork in simple black frames, we have quickly and easily transformed an area that was dull and lifeless into a welcoming and vibrant entrance hall that we’re really proud of. This Neon effect print from the online store ‘Fy’ fit the theme perfectly and adds a rather ballsy pop of Neon pink colour. I absolutely adore typography art and you’ll find select pieces displayed all around our home. I will post a full feature on the artwork we’ve collected soon!
The cool undertones of this Idyll Home star door mat also made it the perfect finishing touch for our entrance porch. I have an obsession with anything to do with the night sky. Items adorned with stars, moons and constellations can be found dotted all around our house and it’s a look I’ll never get bored of. This door mat with three simple and stylish stars is hard-wearing and practical. Available from www.idyllhome.co.uk for £9.95 or £19.95 depending on your chosen size.
All in all, we are really thrilled with how our hallway turned out. I will share some more updates once we have our new front door as I do think this will complete the finished look and transform the area even further. As a side note, we also used Farrow and Ball ‘Railings’ to paint a feature wall in our dining room. You can see a sneak peek here but I’ll be doing a full article on our dining room once we’ve renovated it. At the moment the space has all of the basics in place but no real finished and defined style so I’m working on that over the next few months along with so many of the other projects we still have to tackle!
If you are keen to keep up with our progress you can folllow me on Instagram @lifestylelinked where I post daily images and videos. For more info on Farrow and Ball paints please visit: www.farrow-ball.com