Monday, 15 October 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball De Nimes - The New Farrow and Ball Colour For 2018

As I hope you've registered by now, Farrow and Ball have introduced nine exclusive new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic tones in there and we've been looking at the low-down on the Modern Country Style favourite new Farrow and Ball paint colours. 

We've seen:
Sulking Room Pink: a soft Robin's Egg,
Treron: an uncertain creamy, stony grey.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Farrow and Ball De Nimes press shot

Today's offering is...
De Nimes

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Farrow and Ball De Nimes Press Shot

Farrow and Ball say:
This quietly elegant blue feels wonderfully down to earth, so could be used on anything from a kitchen island to an airy drawing room. The exact shade is rooted in a regency palette but is inspired by the cloth of everyday workwear made in the French city Nîmes. Like denim, its blue hue is ultimately fashionable and yet always feels grounded.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes press shot
Farrow and Ball De Nimes press shot

And here is Farrow and Ball's promotional video...



Modern Country Style says...
Farrow and Ball De Nimes is reasonably true to its press shots. However, be aware that, in cooler lights, or North-facing rooms, it will read as a dark cool grey. I love its Air Force Blue feel, which contrasts wonderfully with white. This one's an absolute winner. A contemporary, more coloured take on Down Pipe but with less green.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes Sample

So let's take a look at what you should expect in your home. This fabulous trio of images from The Pool demonstrate how subtly Farrow and Ball De Nimes shifts in the light. 

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway

From deepest darkness in the top corners of this hallway....

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway

...through to a fairly mid-blue when drenched with warm, bleaching sunlight.

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hall

So do bear in mind that what will most definitely make a dramatic difference to your perception of this beautiful deepest-night-sky shade is your light levels. The brighter the light, whether sun or artificial light, the more coloured and paler Farrow and Ball De Nimes becomes. 

Farrow & Ball De Nimes
Paint and Paper Farrow and Ball De Nimes vignette 

Farrow and Ball De Nimes needs enough warm light to let its gorgeous blue notes be allowed to glow...

Farrow & Ball De Nimes hallway in sunlight
Give Farrow and Ball De Nimes the right space, as in this wall from The Constant Renovator, and watch it come alive...

And when I say coloured, I see this as a deep, deep blue. Yes, a very muted, dark blue but don't mistake this new paint colour for an off black. I think it would look stunning on wainscot panelling. Farrow and Ball's De Nimes is set to be another Modern Country classic, to be sure!

Farrow & Ball De Nimes in warm light
Warmth and depth emanate from De Nimes here in this shot from the workroommke

For more gorgeous Colour Studies, click below....!


Farrow and Ball Hardwick White, Plummet, Mole's Breath
Farrow and Ball Hardwick White, Plummet, Mole's Breath an De Nimes from Driftwood Homes

Which have been your favourites so far?

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx


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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018

STOP PRESS!! Farrow and Ball have released nine new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, over the coming weeks, we'll be taking a closer look together at the new colours and, more importantly, looking behind the hype and marketing to see how you might make each of the new Farrow and Ball paint shades work for you in your Modern Country Style home! 

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Gorgeous chest of drawers painted in Farrow and Ball Treron by Visions of a super cute life

The new Farrow and Ball paint we're looking at today is...

Treron

Farrow and Ball Treron
So much depth and richness in Farrow and Ball's Treron paint , shown here by Seschaou

{And for or more of my Paint Colour Case Studies, take a look here:


Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Press image from Farrow and Ball of Treron in full sun

Farrow and Ball say...
This enduring colour is a dark version of a Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Gray and our Traditional Neutrals.

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
I love this press shot from Farrow and Ball, pairing Treron with lots of white.

And Farrow and Ball's little video...



Modern Country Style says....
Farrow and Ball have really come up trumps with Treron; it's another one of their cusp colours - that is, you're never sure whether you've been gazing at a grey, a stony greige, a green or a khaki. This one's a winner as an exterior paint because its stronger tones will retaliate against the bleaching qualities of the sun. And for furniture too, toning beautifully with Hardwick White walls, for those who find the green of Treron a little strong. 

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
I'm loving this first shot of Treron from thestudiojq

But let's forget about the gloriously luring temptation of the perfectly styled press shots for a moment. This is how Farrow and Ball Treron really looks...

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron
The very same chest of drawers painted in Farrow and Ball Treron by Visions of a super cute life in artificial lighting

It's important to note that under artificial light, Treron takes on a distinctly darker, olive hue. This is not a colour that will fade into the background but, rather, a statement, a centrepiece in itself.

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Treron
Take a look at how Treron becomes a feature wall in a bedroom by crapadventurer and see what I mean. 

But, with lots of light, and judicious use, I think Farrow and Ball Treron fits perfectly into Modern Country Style homes.

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
Look how gorgeously Forge Interiors have styled Treron with Sulking Room Pink...

...particularly those of you who have a love for the natural, earthy look. A piece or two painted in Farrow and Ball Treron will just sparkle and shine. Though not literally. Unless you're using gloss. But I digress...

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Treron- The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018
This lovely vignette by Paintpaperltd shows exactly what I mean. 

Next up, under my beady Modern Country Style eye, is another of Farrow and Ball's new colours for 2018: De nimes...

{Brace yourself. It's a corker!}

But, until then, 
take good care of yourself, my lovely,

Sarahxx

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink - The New Farrow And Ball Colours For 2018

STOP PRESS!! Farrow and Ball have released nine new paint colours for 2018! There are some fantastic Modern Country tones in there and, over the coming weeks, we'll be taking a closer look together at the new colours and, more importantly, looking behind the hype and marketing to see how you might make each of the new Farrow and Ball paint shades work for you in your Modern Country Style home! 

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Zio and Sons' fabulous installation using Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

The new Farrow and Ball paint for 2018 that we're looking at today is...
Sulking Room Pink

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Farrow and Ball's Press Shot for Sulking Room Pink paint

Sulking Room Pink has stratospherically zoomed into orbit around the planet of my best EVAH paint names. Sulking Room Pink!!! If there was ever a colour I'd want a room to be painted in at that certain lady-time of the month then Sulking Room Pink would be it....

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Laura Sawyer helped style this beautiful image


Farrow and Ball say...
Sulking Room Pink is a romantic and muted rose; its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft. Not to be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth: its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. Sulking Room Pink is evocative of the colours so often used in boudoirs, a room named after the French "bouder" - to sulk.

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Farrow and Ball's Press Shot for Sulking Room Pink paint

And their little video...



Modern Country Style says....
Farrow and Ball have really launched a game-changer pink here. Please note that Sulking Room Pink is not a soft, chalky pink. See how it picks up intensity in the corners, showing its browner and bluer roots? This is NOT the blush pink you've been looking for....BUT it does work magnificently if you think of it as Blush's older sister! Or a deeper, more mysterious cousin perhaps? And definitely cooler too. With tonnes of white and a smattering of an accent colour, this could be a fantastic Modern Country pink paint!

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

But what does Farrow and Ball's Sulking Room Pink really look like?

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
Kelly Swallow using Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

Granted, the above image is only after one coat, but you can see its deeper brown hues shine through clearly.

On furniture, Sulking Room Pink comes up beautifully:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
I love this arrangement showcasing Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink by Paint Paper Ltd

In terms of colour schemes, you can go very contemporary with Farrow and Ball's Sulking Room Pink paint, as showcased here:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

Or you can go full country gorgeous, like this suggestion from the beautiful Forge Interiors:

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

But my favourite suggestion is this, a perfect blend of Modern and Country....

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
How gorgeous is this starting point for a  beautiful Modern Country colour scheme by Rooms With A View?

Yes, sireeee, Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink is slotting right into my portfolio as A Colour To Use.... but what about the other new paints for 2018?

Modern Country Style Colour Case Study: Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink
I love this image of all of Farrow and Ball's new colours by Voninnen 

Coming soon: Colour Case Study for the new 2018 Farrow and Ball paint, Treron.... (the top paint in the image below), a gorgeous deep grey green.

{For more of my Paint Colour Case Studies, take a look here:

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahxx


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Friday, 14 September 2018

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas

I've been a busy bee, my lovelies!! Very busy indeeeeeeedy. We're planning a huge new building project in our new house. And part of that project will involve planning a whole new kitchen.

{Short pause to let excited screaming commence}

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

I've never had a new kitchen before. Actually, I tell a lie. We did install a cheap-as-chips kitchen in our very first flat to replace the tired old thing that was there but that was really only for selling purposes.

This will be my first Kitchen Of Dreams.
And I cannot wait to take you on that journey with me.

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

Today, I want to introduce you to the charms of the Vintage Kitchen. Two words which actually cover a surprisingly wide range of different looks. Whether you love timeless...

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

retro...

.Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

or modern...

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

...the Vintage Kitchen look is one that will add charm, character and warmth to any kitchen space. That could be by binging a touch of softness to a stern and stark set-up....

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog
Kitchen painted in Little Greene Mid Lead

or by giving a starkly characterless new-build an aged patina it so desperately needs.

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

This gorgeous kitchen by Room With A View shows how perfectly the vintage kitchen look can work with older properties. Check out that gorgeous cobbled floor!!

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

It's all about finding the balance between the old and the new. Nobody wants a jumble sale vibe going on. And the line can be surprisingly fine between old tat and carefully curated kitchen.

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

If you're a lover of vintage chic then you might want to consider keeping the colour palette on the neutral side to give the whole look a gorgeous modern twist...

Top Ten Vintage Kitchen Ideas over on Modern Country Style blog

You knew I'd find a way of weaving Modern Country Style into here somewhere, right? A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!!

Take care till next time,
Sarahxx


Images via Indulgy, Belgian Pearls, Remodelista, Remodelista, i gigi, Living etc, Room With A View, unknown, propsandstyling

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Cotswolds’ Finest Gardens

The first day of Spring! How wonderful, how magical!
There's a warmth in the air, and the buds are swelling magnificently...

Buscot Park Garden on Modern Country Style
Buscot Park Gardens

BOOK REVIEW: The Cotswolds’ Finest Gardens by Tony Russell

In just a few short months, garden-visiting season will be upon us. If you live in the Cotswolds, or simply fancy a fantastic day out in this beautiful part of England, then grab yourself a copy of The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens by Tony Russell and get day-tripping. Each page or so is devoted to one of the gardens I've described here, with information, photos galore, and full contact details....

Barnsley House Gardens on Modern Country Style
Barnsley House Gardens 

There are so many incredible gardens in this area; we're unbelievably lucky.

Hidcote Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Hidcote Manor Gardens 

Hidcote Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Hidcote Manor Gardens 

Living here, it's hard not to take it for granted that tucked away around every corner of every street, there's seemingly an incredible garden waiting for you.

Iford Manor on Modern Country Style
Iford Manor 

Iford Manor on Modern Country Style
Iford Manor 

Even on a grand scale like this, there's plenty of inspiration to be had, plenty of ideas for you to take away....

Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style

Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style

Whether its a particular pergola style, or a certain heavenly-smelling rose, you'll want to leap straight into your gardening boots the moment you come home!

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Because the amazing part is: all of these gorgeous gardens, and many many more, are open to the public at various times of the year! That's what's soooo good about books like The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens (published by Amberley). The stunning pages are not just there to tease you but to entice, to lure, into a reality that can be very much yours.

What are you waiting for?!!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

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