Now here's a good excuse to talk about Farrow & Ball. Ramacieri Soligo, a leader in Montreal’s ceramics industry, has introduced the English high-end paint and wallpaper company known for its timeless palette of unusually named colours, to its 14.000 square-foot showroom in Outremont. (My favourite examples of the odd names: Clunch, Mole's Breath, Dead Salmon, Arsenic, and the one I used in my extension: Dimpse, which makes me crave Dim Sum.)Before we get into Farrow & Ball, I had a browse of Ramacieri Soligo's site and I found some gorgeous tile which may get you rethinking the way you approach your walls and floors:
So, our heritage brand is in good company across the pond in Quebec. Catherine Bernaquez, director of business development and marketing for Ramacieri Soligo sees Farrow & Ball's "incomparable selection of rich, deep colours, finishes and textures" as a "fine complement" to the company's ceramics collections. Farrow & Ball like to show off their paints and wallpapers in more traditional settings, I think to appeal to the typical British customer, though you can see here that it does so with some edge. Their colours and designs are great for giving, say, a Victorian interior a more contemporary feel, without challenging the spirit of the building.
Wall in Hague Blue, moderne emulsion; stairs in All White, full gloss; floor in All White floor paint
Founded in England in 1946, internationally renowned Farrow & Ball still makes its paints using age-old methods and the finest natural ingredients. While mass-produced wallpapers are made with ink, Farrow & Ball wallpapers are created with the company’s own paints using traditional trough or block printing on hand-primed ground papers. And in 2010, Farrow & Ball were the first to make the bold move from oil-based paints to water-based. And that is probably why I didn't get a single headache when I spent days painting my extension.
Wall in Clunch, Estate Eggshell
Wallpaper in Souchikoubai, BP 4502; woodwork in Dimity, estate eggshell; floor in Slipper Satin, floor paint
Exterior walls in Wimborne White, exterior masonry
Wallpaper in Lotus, BP 2057; woodwork in Black Blue, estate eggshell; floor in Wimborne White, floor paint
Photos: Farrow & Ball