I wanted to bring the inside of my home alive with that same subtlety. I thought long and hard; I researched my way through dozens of fine interior design books and their inspirations, and I experimented: with paints, weaves and linens, woods and textures. At day’s end my vision for the house began to take shape – with a magical subtlety by the only brand of paint that could carry it off: Farrow & Ball.
Painting living room, guest bedrooms, bathrooms, and even some key pieces of furniture, turned out to lay a fantastic base-coat for my own personal feeling of home: a canvas for those items that now inhabit the space: an array of furniture, bedding, paintings and photographs that I’d taken a lifetime to assemble. All of them needed a rich, soulful backdrop. In fact, so did I. As it turns out, even the most subtle colors in the Farrow & Ball cannon provide the power of soul. Their colors relax, create sanctuary, and harmonize in the ways they work together, like complimentary notes of music.
I decided upon a palette of muted tones paired with the wonderful and dazzling All White, on trim and molding. White woodwork creates a very clean and traditional look, and its gloss gives balance to matte and satin finishes. It creates a happy harmony with pretty much any other color, allowing muted tones to sing aloud, to be themselves.
The house itself did not cry out for dramatic statements of bright color. It seemed to ask me gently for restraint. A balance with the windows throughout the home filled with the greenery and power of the outdoors.