Happy Monday, friends. And hello, March! Spring is definitely in the air and it can't come soon enough. Soon the days will be a little warmer, a little longer and a little brighter. What hope there is wrapped up in this shifting of the seasons.
Today I'm delighted to share news of a fun challenge I took part in with the much-loved paint and wallpaper folks at Farrow & Ball. To celebrate the three new wallpaper designs - feuille, paisley and tourbillon, I and a group of other lovely bloggers were challenged to revamp a wardrobe using these gorgeous papers. Needless to say, I was delighted to take on this challenge. And, while our own wardrobe wasn't appropriate for covering, since it has so many panels and is huge, I figured that my brother might appreciate a change in his room. Since he's currently away enjoying a holiday in Tokyo, I set up shop in his room, ready to bring life to his dull, plain sliding wardrobe doors.
The new collection of wallpapers are so beautiful, and are steeped in history. Translated from fabric designs which had previously graced the fashion houses of nineteenth and twentieth century France, the papers are brought up to date in many vibrant colourways.
Having never wallpapered before, it was a bit of a learning curve. But thanks to the handy guide to hanging paper on the Farrow & Ball website, B and I did a job that we're both pretty chuffed with. The paper itself is incredible quality. And when you see how it's made it's clear why. Each roll is made using the age-old method of block and trough printing, using the sumptuous Farrow & Ball paints. The result is a luxurious, thick and textured paper. Gorgeous. I have a little leftover from the project, and I can't wait to use it in other ways around the house - from gift wrap to bunting.
So, here's a little before shot - admittedly a little dark, but you get the idea. It was a large, plain wardrobe with two sliding doors. The room is white, so a dash of colour was most welcome!
And here's the wallpaper I chose - Tourbillon. This print is taken from the Ducharne studio, which created designs for some wonderful French couture houses way back in the 20s to 60s. Tres chic and graphic, I plumped for the bold turquoise colour way - BP 4804.
And here are the results... (Please excuse the bizarre black spots in the image. My camera is in desperate need of some TLC!)
I love love it. Neither too masculine or feminine, the bright green brings some much needed interest to an otherwise blank white space. The previously boring wardrobe definitely seems perkier!
Upon reflecting on some of the initial photos of the transformation with my lovely friend Rebecca, I decided to take her advice and painted the centre frame with coordinating paint. I opted for a sample pot of Arsenic, since this was recommended in the wallpaper's colour scheme. I'm so glad I did this, as I think it blends the two wardrobe panels nicely. Plus, when the wardrobe is open, it looks rather nice offset against a stack of towels and blankets!
What do you think of the new wallpaper designs and this transformation? What would you cover in wallpaper in your home? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below!
Please note, I was gifted the wallpaper used in this project by Farrow & Ball, to review and take part in the challenge. All opinions on the wallpaper and handy hanging skills are all my own!