Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Five Essentials In A Belgian Style Living Room!

Let's dive right in to Belgian Style! What is it that makes a Belgian Style Living Room? My definition would be that it's about combining extreme visual restraint and rustic warmth to create elegant, pared-down rooms with a strong nod to an industrial past.

Belgian Style Living Room

In these posts, I'll only be drawing on elements I love about Belgian Style living rooms. I looked at herrr-yuuuuuge numbers of pictures of this look, discarded what I don't like and curated what I do. I think that's always the way to create a look that you love, a look that feels like a space to call your very own.

I've put together a list of elements I consider to be my Top 5 Belgian Style Living Room essentials, which we can break down, bit by nectarous bit.

Belgian Style Living Room

The first element has to be bare wood: Usually left unfinished, perhaps waxed at most, which creates that essential rustic atmosphere.

A restricted muted palette: The colours used (though colours seems a rather flighty word to use in this slightly sombre context) are restrained greys, taupes and off-whites in order to draw your eye to the charms of what lies within the rooms.

Belgian Style Living Room

A touch of Soft Industrial: By which I mean upcycling beautifully-made objects with some kind of mechanical past to give them a joyfully stylish present.

Belgian Style Living Room

Used Furniture: You'll find very little newness in Belgian Style Living Rooms. The pieces have a somewhat battered beauty and are the better because of it.

A mix of textures: yes, the colour palette is extremely restricted but these rooms are visually extravagant. The interest springs from an array of different textures. Belgian linen is beautifully nubby and, combined with cottons, velvet, weathered wood and wicker, plus wool and cashmere in the colder months, create the perfect means to draw your eye.


And now, let's take each of these five esssential elements for any Belgian Style Living Room to see how we can get the look...


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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Farrow and Ball Shadow White - The Best F&B New Paint Colours For 2016!

Today, from Farrow and Ball's nine new paint colours for 2016, we're looking at another Modern Country favourite....

So far, this week, we've seen:
Cromarty, a soft Robin's Egg,
Drop Cloth, an uncertain creamy, stony grey.
Inchyra Blue, a deep, dark teal
Peignoir, a delicate, gauzy pink

Today is...
Shadow White

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shadow White

Farrow and Ball say: 
Shadow White is the lighter version of Shaded White so the two are linked and work perfectly together. Both names are taken from the soft tone created when whites are covered in a deep shade. With none of the perceived yellow of Slipper Satin or the grey of Ammonite, Shadow White will work perfectly in any style of home. This versatile colour is perfect when paired with both Shaded White and Drop Cloth, and creates beautifully understated rooms when used on ceilings or woodwork. Use in south facing rooms to create the perfect soft ‘shaded’ feeling.

Here's their video ...



Modern Country Style says...
I've use Farrow and Ball Shadow White to paint the floors of the Cromarty and Inchyra Blue rooms of the doll's house.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Cromarty and Shaded White floor

You can see how different Shaded White looks in each room. This is a colour that is hugely affected by its surroundings.

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue and Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue and Shaded White floor

I've been looking for a perfect, warm neutral off-white, and I think I've just found it in Farrow and Ball Shadow White.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White and Cromarty
Farrow and Ball Shaded White and Cromarty 

Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth form a perfect little threesome. I can't wait to try them out together, perhaps with touches of Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue, to create the most relaxing Modern Country room in the while entire world!

Farrow and Ball Shaded White, Drop Cloth, Cromarty and Inchyra Blue
Farrow and Ball Shaded White, Drop Cloth, Cromarty and Inchyra Blue

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Farrow and Ball Peignoir - The Best New F&B Paint Colours For 2016!

Today, from Farrow and Ball's nine new paint colours for 2016, we're looking at another Modern Country favourite....

So far, this week, we've seen:
Cromarty, a soft Robin's Egg,
Drop Cloth, an uncertain creamy, stony grey.
Inchyra Blue, a deep, dark teal

Today's offering is...
Peignoir
(bottom left)

New Farrow and Ball paint colours 2016
New Farrow and Ball paint colours 2016

Farrow and Ball say: 
Peignoir is named after the sheer floaty garment traditionally worn by ladies while brushing their hair in the mid-20th century, perfectly summing up the romance of this hazy grey-pink.Peignoir will create the most humble, blushing interior as it is the softest of pinks containing a great big dose of grey. Its romantic feel makes it an obvious bedroom choice for a traditional home but it will add a certain charm to any modern living area. It works perfectly in combination with any of the Contemporary Neutrals as well as with the stronger Brassica and Brinjal. Feels contemporary and crisp when combined with All White in south facing rooms.
Trend watch: We’ve seen a movement towards neutrals with a hint of colour, very soft calming muted pastels.

Here's their video snippet...



That's all very well...but Farrow and Ball say that Peignoir looks like this...

Farrow and Ball Peignoir
Farrow and Ball Peignoir

Modern Country Style says...
In fact, in their pamphlet, you struggle to see any pink at all in the printed version of the image above. I think it's because the delicacy and ethereal beauty of Farrow and Ball Peignoir is nigh on impossible to capture on camera.

Farrow and Ball Peignoir
Farrow and Ball Peignoir

Think of a gauzy wisp of fabric floating in the breeze and you'll be somewhere on the way to understanding the feel that Peignoir gives to a room.

Farrow and Ball Peignoir
Farrow and Ball Peignoir

The colour is definitely a pink, rather than a grey....but, you can see here, that when you compare it to the run of the mill pink on the house front, the typical Farrow and Ball depth and subtlety of colour is there that defies definition.

Farrow and Ball Peignoir
Farrow and Ball Peignoir

Farrow and Ball's Peignoir would be just perfect for a Modern Country romantic older girl's room, or juxtaposed with a little bit of industrial cool and the worn warmth of wood.

Farrow and Ball Peignoir
Farrow and Ball Peignoir

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue: the best new F&B paint colours for 2016!

As I hope you've registered by now, Farrow and Ball have introduced nine exclusive new paint colours for 2016! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, this week, I'll be giving you the low-down and sharing my favourites new Farrow and Ball paint colours with you. 

We've seen:
Cromarty, a soft Robin's Egg,
Drop Cloth, an uncertain creamy, stony grey.

Today's offering is...
Inchyra Blue 
(top right)

New Farrow and Ball paint colours 2016
New Farrow and Ball paint colours 2016

Farrow and Ball say:
The colour was first used at the classic Georgian Inchyra House to work with moody Scottish skies. It can be found on the exterior doors of their very impressive barn. Such is the magic of our colours, this aged blue grey, can read more grey, blue or even green depending on the light. A great alternative to charcoal, use it to inject a hint of colour.

Farrow and Ball say Inchyra Blue looks like this...

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue
Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue and Farrow and Ball Light Gray - yum!

Modern Country Style says...
Farrow and Ball's Inchyra Blue may look like that in some lights but, in most, it will read as a ark teal. Moving the doll's house that I painted around our house meant that I could develop a good understanding of how the colours play out in different positions. 

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue
Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue

What made a difference with this beautiful deepest-sea shade, was the light level. The brighter the light, including sun or artificial light, the more coloured Inchyra Blue becomes. 

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue
Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue

And when I say coloured, I see this as a definite teal. Yes, a very muted, dark teal but don't mistake this colour for an off black. I think it would look stunning on wainscot panelling. Farrow and Ball's Inchyra Blue is a Modern Country classic, to be sure!

Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue
Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue

{Last week, I was busy painting our dolls house with the new Farrow and Ball colours ready for a super informative post on Relics of Witney on all the new 2016 paints. You can see that here...}

Here is Farrow and Ball's little video on Inchyra Blue...




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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Farrow and Ball Cromarty - The Best Of The New F&B Paint Colours For 2016!

STOP PRESS!! Farrow and Ball have released nine new paint colours for 2016! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, this week, having had the privilege of using them all already, I'll be giving you the low-down and sharing my favourites new Farrow and Ball paint colours with you. 

Today's offering is...
Cromarty

Farrow and Ball say:
Cromarty's name is taken from Cromarty Firth estuary and conjures up visions of swirling mists.It is the lightest colour in the Mizzle, Blue Gray, Pigeon family and is pretty and its ease of use means that it can create the softest of rooms which are neither too blue nor too grey. It is the perfect tone for those who like to keep things soft and muted. In west-facing rooms the colour can change dramatically from neutral through to a fresh warmer blue.

Farrow and Ball say Cromarty looks like this wall colour below, rather a washed out grey, but it really doesn't!

Farrow and Ball Cromarty
Farrow and Ball Cromarty

The good news, it's a million times better!

Here's their video...
{NB It's definitely spelt Cromarty - I think Farrow and Ball must have been playing with Chromarty as an alternative spelling!}



Modern Country Style says:

Cromarty reminds me of a slightly more coloured, warmer and ever-so-slightly greener Farrow and Ball Light Blue. It gives the same soft sense of calm. 

This is what you should expect... 

Farrow and Ball Cromarty
Farrow and Ball Cromarty

Farrow and Ball Cromarty
Farrow and Ball Cromarty

It's a pale Robin's Egg shade but you see it in use, you're given a strong impression of an airy and warm peacefulness, rather than being hit by the colour of Cromarty itself.

Definitely another winner! Good work, Farrow and Ball!

{Last week, I was busy painting our dolls house with the new Farrow and Ball colours ready for a super informative post on Relics of Witney on all the new 2016 paints. You can see that here...}


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