We all want to learn new ways to transform our homes, and easy and inspirational tips are always welcomed by me. Learning how to do this through wallpaper and paint is the topic of Ann Pailthorp’s talk, “Pattern and Color in the Home,” next Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. at The Rue.
Ann is the East Coast consultant for Farrow & Ball Paints, a company based in Dorset, England that’s internationally known for its fine paints and papers. They offer deep and accurate hues, largely because Farrow & Ball mixes small batches and uses natural ingredients such as chalk and clay.
Farrow & Ball's Drawing Room Blue, for one, is such a rich and regal color. It’s dramatic, dark and very distinguished. Their Pale Hound is one of the most complex beiges I’ve ever seen, tinged with yellow and frothy cream.
Their wallpapers, which I know little about — but can’t wait to experience in person — are printed using their own paints. Acanthus, a widely spaced stripe featuring leafy and thin architectural wisps, would look great in a traditional or transitional space. It’s available in 21 color palettes and is just one of many styles in a collection that includes stripes, geometrics, florals and damasks.
If over-scaled damasks are your thing, you’ve got to check out The St Antoine. This dense and big but graceful pattern — especially in the color way featuring light turquoise on a near-black background — would be absolutely smashing (and daring) as an accent wall in an entry. If you’re looking for something softer and more conservative, there are a whopping 54 color versions of this pattern available. Nearly any of them would make for a most elegant dining room.
Limited spaces are available, so if you’d like to attend, phone Tom Muse at 716-1742 or click here by this Friday to reserve your seat. There’ll also be refreshments, drinks and raffle prizes.
The Rue is at 5813 Grove Ave.