It recently occurred to me that, whilst it may appear that I’ve spent the last 40-odd years decorating houses, what I
have actually been doing is solving problems and translating concepts and dreams into reality. No two houses,
projects or sets of curtains are the same and so over the years I have researched and experimented exhaustively to
achieve the desired effects. The result is a broad ranging and encyclopaedic knowledge!
I hope that you find this series of short articles, drawn from just some of my experience, both helpful and
A bay window in a formal sitting room is the chance to do something really special both to decorate a tricky space and to provide extra seating.
In this London flat we made a comfortable upholstered cushion for the window seat and fill it with scatter cushions in different shapes and sizes to tie together the decorative elements of the room.
The window was then finished with formal roman blinds.
Where there is not enough space surrounding windows to to afford formal full curtains or where a radiator or placement of furniture does not allow full length window treatments, formal blinds can work well. These Georgian sash windows have been dressed with Austrian blinds made up from hand-woven Gainsborough silk damask
Window treatments in a kitchen "finish" the room and give one the opportunity to add the softness of fabric into a functional environment. At Bruisyard Hall the roman blind in the kitchen window pulls together the blues and neutrals of the kitchen cabinets and dining table.
Paint, previously a purely practical and cheap wall finish, has evolved to compete with wallpapers in sophisticated decorative schemes. Here are a few examples of houses that we've decorated recently, showing the versatility of Farrow & Ball paint.
In this formal sitting room, trompe l'oeil decorative panels have been added with the use of just 3 different paint colours.
Farrow & Ball "Strong White" is used in this London hallway.
A pretty colour scheme of cream walls and pale green woodwork brings freshness and warmth to this country kitchen.
Thanks to the fantastic choice of deisgns of runners and carpeting it is now possible to make your stairs a feature which complements the decorative scheme of the hallways and landings. Some lovely examples from Roger Oates are below.
And don't forget the space under the stairs - it is possible for this to either be useful or just add a bit of fun.