Lately I have been very drawn towards monochrome, in both interiors and clothing. I wasn’t feeling very inspired by colour, probably due to the gloomy weather at the moment. Yet the other morning I sat down to enjoy an early morning coffee before work, and picked up my new book, Farrow & Ball: Decorating with Colour. Written by Ros Byam Shaw and filled with beautiful photographs by Jan Baldwin, this book is kinda making me want to pick up a can of new paint and cover my walls in something more interesting than white.
I have always known Farrow & Ball for the best kind of neutrals (though I’ve now discovered they do wallpaper – I loved the bathroom in the book covered in THIS polka square wallpaper and now I want a dotty bathroom). Growing up, our family kitchen cupboards were painted in OLIVE and the walls in a beautiful soft grey which I can’t remember the name of. I used to love sitting down with the paint charts and looking through all the lovely colours and names. Don’t you just adore names like Elephant’s Breath, Skimming Stone, and Dead Salmon!?
The book is split up into three chapters – Classical, Contemporary, and Country styles. I really liked the country style chapter the best. It made me want to move into a big ol’ house in the countryside, paint my walls in various shades of Farrow & Ball greys, dot wicker baskets everywhere, and light a roaring fire 😉
I’m giving away a hardback copy of this book! Whether you’d like it just to flick through occasionally on your coffee table, or whether you’re looking for inspiration on how to use colour in the home, it’s a really lovely book.
Just tell me your favourite colour from the Farrow & Ball paint selection HERE and which room you’d use it to paint in your home. You also must be a follower of this blog. For extra entries, follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram and leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll pick the winner at random next Friday 28th November. Apologies, UK entrants only.