Get Ready for the Festive Season with Patrick O’Donnell

Written on 25th November 2021

Walls: Chinese Blue No.90; Trim: James White No.2010

With party season fast approaching, now’s the time to get on top of any pre-festivity painting. Today on The Chromologist, our international brand ambassador, Patrick O’Donnell, is here to share five quick and easy ways of sprucing up your home for the holidays, showcasing a few of his favourite Farrow & Ball shades along the way.

A Festive Fireplace

“Rich, elegant shades of dark blue or burgundy (think Preference Red) will make decorations pop. For a bold backdrop for your festive accessories, try Chinese Blue from our Archive collection. Go further to accentuate the height of your room by taking the same wall colour all the way over the skirting in Modern Eggshell.”

A Touch of Green

“Green is undeniably festive, but its best feature is probably that it looks great all year round.

If your dining room doubles up as your home office, green will create a perfect backdrop to focus the mind and bring a sense of calm.

Try layering greens in unexpected ways. You could create a false cornice with a contemporary colour like Bancha by painting a band at the top of Yeabridge Green walls, which will add architectural interest to the room.”

A Spa-Like Soak

Walls and Panelling: India Yellow No.66; Bathtub: Churlish Green No.251

“We all need a little ‘me time’ over the holidays, and what better way to spend it than luxuriating in the bath?

If the room is drenched in earthy spice tones of turmeric and paprika, so much the better.

Applying India Yellow in Modern Eggshell on panelling and skirting boards, then carrying it up over the wall in Modern Emulsion, creates an immersive colour saturation that will positively glow under candlelight.”

An Easy-To-Do Detail

“Create a lovely design detail in the kitchen with a painted splashback, which only needs a little bit of painters’ tape (and a steady hand!)

Use a super-tough finish such as Modern Eggshell or Full Gloss, and it’s incredibly practical too.

A panel of olive green Bancha, around 30 centimetres high, looks very smart overlaid on James White to create a graphic effect.”

A Front Door Refresh

“Sprucing up the front door ready for a festive wreath is a quick job for a winter weekend, but the weather forecast needs to be kept in mind.

Only paint outdoors if the weather looks dry and the temperature sits above 10ºC.

Dark greens like Studio Green will create a classic look, while blues such as Inchyra Blue will set off a wreath created from silver-tinged eucalyptus.

Dix Blue, meanwhile, will show up beautifully against more brightly coloured wreaths.”

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