A few months ago I moved to a new studio but it’s not until now that I would love to share this very special project with you – the renovation of this place. For years I’ve had a teeny tiny room that used to be my studio. I outgrew it pretty fast because there was no space to combine all of the diverse workflows. After I got a large desk, there was not enough room for interior photography. I missed having a room that I could go to, work on my interior photography… And yes, I also missed to leave a mess behind, close the door and to simply return on another day.
Luckily, I had the opportunity to move my studio to a bigger room and it was last fall that I made a deliberate choice to concentrate on my photography for a while and it was my goal to work on it daily. Back then it seemed to be a life-or-death decision and to be able to work in this new large room things had to happen fast, I wanted to create immediately. Hastly I painted the walls in a random grey, chose a simple white color for the floors and I was ready for magic to happen. But the magic didn’t happen, because I wasn’t satisfied with the photos I made in this new studio. The white was way too yellow and the colors on the walls, depending on the light outside, had always a funny touch. Even though I wanted to work on larger interior photography I was forced to work on smaller interior vignettes. Also, it was not only the limitating colors, there was a huge part of the room that I couldn’t use properly because there was an old heater that was in the way. The enthusiasm of the new beginnings started to vanish because there were just too many corners in the room that I couldn’t really work in. I knew, this room needed a renovation with new colors and a cover for the radiator.
If you are a regular reader, you know, that I have been a huge fan of the Farrow & Ball colors and after I had realized that I needed to restore my rashly installed studio, I reached out to Farrow and Ball for help. Who, if not them, has such a profound expertise in the field of colors?! Listening closely to their experience I started to dig deeper and learned a lot about their colors and the influence of daylight: I wanted to create a holistic experience because I wanted to be able to use every single corner at any time of the day! I didn’t want to waste an inch! I knew, that the Farrow & Ball colors can be used almost on any surface: woods, metals and of course walls! I also knew that many of their colors go well together because they work in groups that are balanced to work together. I went to get advice on how to get the best results for my room and couldn’t be happier with the outcome! But look for yourself, now I don’t need to wait for a certain time of the day because the colors look good every minute! In the mornings, during the day or even at sunset.
I had to find a hard-wearing paint for my floors and baseboards and I found the most beautiful Wevet White in the modern eggshell finish.
I had to find a paint for my walls. After the first painting dilemma in this room, I knew I needed to concentrate on a proper color, that wouldn’t be too dominant but would also work well with every exposure to light. I couldn’t be happier with Cornforth White.
And of course I had to find a paint for the heating cover and decided to use the same colors I already used on the walls. Ideal for interior woodwork I used the Finish Estate Eggshell.
Now that I have a few images of the final paint job, I am extremely happy to show how well these colors compliment each other. They both are from the Easy Neutrals family and I listened when Farrow and Ball said:
‚These clean and understated neutrals are incredibly easy to live with. Neither too warm nor too cool, our Easy Neutrals sit contentedly together in both modern and traditional homes.’
This is exactly what I needed in this room! The colors had to be neutral and calming, deep but discreet enough to put an emphasis on the future elements of the room. I have taken a few images in different lighting situations and the colors paint a beautiful atmosphere in the room, even during sunset. Thanks to the incredible knowledge of Farrow & Ball their approach to deliver only the best of the best I now have the most beautiful room to work from. The newly painted room is now a canvas that creates just about unlimited possibilities. It is a daily celebration to work in this room now!