One of the things we love about Farrow & Ball, apart from the oh-so dreamy paints, is that throughout the years they’ve focused on female talent. Someone who knows that better than most is Charlotte Cosby, the brand’s current Head of Creative. Charlotte also understands that most of us want to make major improvements to our living spaces on minor budgets, and she’s shared a few tricks of the trade with us.
Farrow & Ball are often linked to their paint, but the British manufacturer’s latest range of wallpaper could change all that. Blending texture and maximalism, their inspiration runs from Greek goddesses to South American deserts, allowing everyone to find a look they love. Find out more here about the new collection from Farrow & Ball, as well as events happening all over London.
In need of some design inspiration? Cosby shares her practical tips on transforming your space and using wallpaper all over your home…
What are some of the more creative uses for Farrow & Ball wallpaper you’ve seen?
My favourite was a dress that was made by a student from the London College of Fashion for a project. On the interiors front we’re seeing an increase in wallpapers on ceilings, lampshades, drawer liners, headboards, the backs of cupboards and bookcases, to name a few. One of our Italian customers went that extra mile and wallpapered his floor!
How much of an impact can small luxuries have on our surroundings?
I firmly believe in allowing ourselves luxuries from time to time! Spending a little extra on a quality paint or product doesn’t just transform a room – it reminds you that you’re worth it every single time you see or use it.
As it gets ever harder to step onto the property ladder, many of us rent or share houses and flats. How can people combine luxury with those kind of smaller spaces?
I live in a two-bed flat, so I fully empathise with this – it’s a far cry from some of the homes we use for our photoshoots! I’ve incorporated wallpaper in a few ways; on my book case, as my headboard and for the entirety of my hall. Using flashes of patterns in that way add a controlled touch of opulence, which is perfect for smaller spaces.
What are your five best tips on doing up a home without breaking the bank?
1. Paint a rug on a wooden floor. With paint and masking tape you can transform a floor with a simple pattern for a lot less than the cost of a rug and have something completely unique.
2. Give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life with a lick of bold paint.
3. Wallpaper a headboard onto the wall. It’s a cost-effective way of adding something unique to your bedroom, and the shape can be as complicated or as simple as you like.
4. Paint the bottom half of your room one colour and the top half another to create a bold design impact.
5. Wallpaper the back of kitchen cupboards or wardrobes in a bold wallpaper colourway. It’s a nice surprise on opening and adds excitement to an otherwise plain space.
Finally, which rooms do you feel people often neglect but can be turned around with a creative flourish?
Small rooms like the bathroom or study often get overlooked, but due to the short amount of time spent in them they’re actually the perfect spaces to try something a bit more adventurous.
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