Book review: Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour

Fresh design coffee table book by Farrow and Ball

I don’t know about you, but we love interior design books – especially titles that work brilliantly as coffee table books. You know, the ones that sit on your table month after month, providing plenty of scope for you to delve into and explore and discover something new each time you flick through the pages.

The book Farrow & Ball: Decorating with Colour well and truly ticks the coffee table book category for us and it’s one we think you’d like on your coffee table too. This beautiful hardback tome, which is authored by freelance interiors writer Ros Byam Shaw, showcases the way that you can use colour and pattern in your decorating.

A wide range of homes are featured, from classical and country styles to contemporary, and there’s a varied mix of design styles and ideas encapsulated within them. Each chapter focuses on a particular decorating principle, such as creating a dark and dramatic look, ways to decorate woodwork, painting furniture, using wallpaper and adding finishing touches.

Fresh Design Blog review of Decorating with Colour

As Farrow & Ball are well known for their paints and wallpapers, the decorating principles provide a wealth of inspiration for ways to use painting and wallpapering – but not always in the most obvious or traditional ways. There are quirky rooms featured, and interiors that mix together styles to create an eclectic look. There’s something for everyone.

Fresh Design Blog review of Decorating with Colour

Whilst the core of the ideas are obviously based on wallpaper and paint, the glossy photos (by Jan Baldwin) and well styled rooms provide a springboard for other design aspects that you could try and apply in your own home and interior design style too. For example, ideas for hanging pictures and creating gallery walls, ideas for different ways of using lighting or of how to arrange home accessories to create an impact.

Contemporary design room featured in Decorating with Colour

In fact, the large hardback book is packed with photography and room images to enjoy and should keep you well occupied in the coffee table stakes. It’s a well produced, informative and inspirational title and, even if you don’t try out the ideas yourself, you’ll certainly come away from reading it feeling more informed about decorating and the plethora of ways that colour can be used to transform rooms.

Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour is published by Ryland Peters and Small and has an RRP of £35.

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***This review is in collaboration with Farrow & Ball***

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