The girls from F and B Guildford
We thoroughly enjoyed putting your decorating dilemmas to the Farrow & Ball experts at our special drop-in event last week – and it was lovely to see everyone who came.

Special thanks to the Guildford Farrow & Ball team: store manager Annette Carman (above, centre) and her colleagues Julie Dean (right) and Saoirse Solan (left), who provided plenty of inspiration and advice for those who attended and for customers who emailed queries.

Getting interior decorating advice from Farrow & Ball at La Residence Interiors


Guests enjoyed a prosecco or orange juice and delicious macaroons while taking the opportunity to chat and have a look around our beautiful showroom.

Farrow & Ball laid out our Belmont oval dining table  with all the sample paint colours, fabulous wallpaper swatches, copies of the latest book ‘Recipes for Decorating’ by F&B’s colour guru Joa Studholme and goodie bags all packed and ready to take away.

There was also the chance to enter a prize draw organised by Farrow & Ball to win a home colour consultation worth £195. (The winner is to be announced soon, so watch this space!)

The highlight of the morning was a run-through of our top 10 decorating dilemmas and how to fix them. No matter who submitted the questions, we all learned some very useful nuggets of information.

One of the dilemmas that made it into our list of favourites came from Sam in Dunsfold, Surrey. 

“I’d like to paint the pine dresser in my kitchen. The walls behind it are neutral, so any suggestions would be appreciated.” 

The Farrow & Ball team replied: “There are a couple of options… obviously there are quite a lot of accessories on the dresser and an off-white wall behind, so we would recommend a neutral shade like Drop Cloth or Shadow White to contrast with the wall but help the accessories to stand out. Alternatively, you could go very dark and use Railings … that would also work to accentuate the accessories.”

Sam (pictured with me at the event, below) received a £25 gift voucher from La Residence Interiors for her contribution.

Another dilemma came from Sarah in Bordon, Hants, who couldn't make it to our event in person.

“We’ve just had a front extension built to give us a bigger hall and a new downstairs cloakroom. Could you give me some advice on choosing a colour scheme? I love colour and pattern. I would really like something fun in the cloakroom! The stairs are a little dark, so not sure what to do...but want to make the most of our new high ceiling in the hallway.”

Farrow & Ball replied: We'd suggest a blue toned Ringwold wallpaper for the hall with Matchstick for the banisters and staircase and Wimborne White for the skirting boards. The staircase going up to the landing is quite narrow, so a soft muted colour would probably be best. In the downstairs cloakroom, our Bumble Bee wallpaper would make a statement – it’s quite ‘out there’!

I'd definitely think about Bumble Bee for a cloakroom – and there are several colours to choose from too!

Read about more dilemmas and how to fix them in our next blog...

July 03, 2019

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