Painterly pointers for small space living

With the new season upon us, paint a picture of calm in your space by considering a new decorating scheme. And who better to give guidance than paint gurus Farrow & Ball, whose new book Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating by Joa Studholme was launched last month.

To get you in the mood for sprucing up your space check out some of their painterly pointers for small space living….

* A neutral colour palette makes a light-deprived space feel larger, and will create the most relaxed of homes. Give some thought to light when you’re using neutrals to cosy up a space, choose warmer tones of honey and oatmeal, or to create a fresher feel, go for cooler shades with brighter blue tones.
* One of the most important ingredients in any home is colour – it’s closely related to emotion and nurtures the soul – so follow your instincts when making a choice. In problem rooms it can come to the rescue, disguising unattractive details; and in bright, open spaces it can create the feeling of happiness.
* Colour can be used in myriad clever ways. Painting a space in the same hue feels tranquil and elegant but can also cover up a multitude of sins, for example damaged skirting boards.
* Painting the architectural elements of a room in the same shade makes your furniture, fabric and accessories stand out.
* The combination of dark walls with white woodwork is a fresh and uncomplicated way to unify rooms, meanwhile using a strong white on the woodwork enhances the urban, contemporary look.
* A stronger colour on woodwork than on walls gives a space a decorative twist without overwhelming it. A slightly darker tone-on-tone woodwork gives a feeling of calm and can draw the eye to details that you may want to highlights, like doorways or window frames.

Futon Company says: As experts in small space living we’re always thrilled to discover new colour tips that help us make the most of the spaces we live in, and these from Farrow & Ball are no exception. For our part, the key to maximising space saving living is to surround yourself with space savvy furniture and bold and meaningful accessories that accentuate the colour. Check out some of our brightest and boldest goodies….

Cache Lamp in sauterne

Hapur Cotton Rug

Honfleur Basket