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Nov022016

Bookclub: Stilvoll wohnen mit Farbe.

When I lived in Munich in my early 20ies all the walls in my apartment were a stark white. Almost impossible to believe! Later I moved to Düsseldorf and lived in a ramshackle Altbau apartment, which was the first space my-now-husband-and-then-boyfriend and I renovated together, including sanding floors and everything. I remember at one point we painted one kitchen wall a pretty green (very similar to the shade in the kitchen picture below) and I was hooked! Since then I´ve used paint to transform all of our homes (6 altogether!) but things got only really serious when we moved into our house 5 years ago - for various reasons: One, I didn´t want to mess things up in the first space that we owned; Two, in a house as large as this you *really* don´t want to repaint because you don´t like the results; and Three: I discovered Farrow & Ball paint. 

Choosing paint colors for our house was both fun and pure agony. I was particularly helpless when it came to the North-facing rooms (our kitchen, the library). Back then the Farrow & Ball website was one of the few that provided advice that actually made sense to me. I think pretty much everything I know about paint is based on the information I gathered there. Also there were a few interviews available online with Joa Studholme, F&B´s "Color Guru" which I all inhaled. Painting stuff is a science! All of this to say, I wish Farrow& Ball´s new book "Stilvoll wohnen mit Farbe" (in English: "How to decorate") would have been around five years ago. It gives all the advice you could possibly need when it comes to choosing paint colors, even very hands-on information like how much paint you´ll need. I especially love that the focus isn´t purely on the walls but also on painting floors, furniture etc. Last but not least there´s a chapter on wallpaper! Love.

"Stilvoll wohnen mit Farbe" is, of course, not only full of advice but also full of eye candy (it is probably no surprise that I adore the dark and moody interiors). I love that it´s a joy to look at but still is a practical, in-depth guide on how to use paint and wallpaper in your home. Like I always say, everybody can learn how to paint a wall! And with this book, you´ll even know which color. 

"Stilvoll wohnen mit Farbe" by Charlotte Cosby und Joa Studholme has its own website which you can find here. Thank you Callwey for sending over a review copy!

PS: I really need to repaint our coffee table... color is my all time-favorite Down Pipe, by Farrow & Ball of course.

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Reader Comments (2)

I will look for this book. Thanks for posting this. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, the era when walls got increasingly crazier, and I swore off it for life...however, in recent years, your house and blog have won me back to wallpaper! Especially of the William Morris variety.

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Sally - yes the Morris wallpaper are a dream. But F&B has some wonderful ones too (not getting paid to say this). In fact I´d definitely have some F&B wallpapers in my house if they weren´t so prohibitively expensive.

November 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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