Last week, we spent a morning with Farrow and Ball's color experts in their Flatiron showroom. These ladies are educated in color and their paint and wallcovering products are absolutely stunning. We're excited to be working on a fall collaboration with them (since nice walls and art are like 2 peas in a pod) BUT, before that's revealed, we're rounding up some simple ways to deal with your walls.
Tip #1: Paint thoughtfully.
Beyond the countless paint color options, there are also paint brands, primers and finishes to consider. Benjamin Moore was my go-to for years since their store is one block away, but higher quality paint can last longer and look richer. Plus, the finish you choose can keep dirt and markings from showing as easily, so toddler handprints aren't ALWAYS visible.
Tip 2: Avoid wallpaper phobia.
I love wallpaper, but I will say one of my many pet peeves is when people want to get half involved with the wallpaper trend. They like the concept but are scared of the commitment, so they wallpaper one accent wall. When it's a print you can barely see, I clench a little bit more.
I would say go big or go home, but we're actually talking about going big [with wallpaper] in your home so....I welcome input on a more apt phase here. Anyways, a room covered in wallpaper on all four walls becomes a refreshingly distinct space in your home, where, I truly believe, diversity is key. Coherency is obviously important, but different rooms need to have their own unique feel. Powder rooms and kids rooms are especially fun places to experiment. Farrow and Ball, Milton and King, and Loboloup are my top three wallpaper shops.
3. Wall decals not on the wall
Wall decals do not HAVE to be little pictures of birds and elephants from Pottery Barn (flashback to my first kid's nursery 1.0). There are actually a ton of quality ones out there and Urban Walls has nice line up. Our favorite trick? Put them on the ceiling. Chango & Co shows us how to do it in this incredible playroom, pictured above.
4. Layer art on top
A layered look is a completed one. This is true with clothing, food, interior design and walls. Some type of art or wall decor should go some walls, even if you've painted or wallpapered, or thrown some decals on the ceiling. Some people hesitate because they just spent time, money and effort on tips 1-3 above, BUT the best way to make it all look optimal is to finish the look.
We help clients nationwide make their walls a bit more awesome. This goes beyond fine art and includes decorative finds, paint color, wallpaper and total solutions for a complete and polished look. Send us your questions and we're happy to help.