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Belsize Park Apartment Redecoration

For this project, our clients – owners of a two-bedroom flat in Belsize Park – asked us to fit new cornices and fully redecorate a large living room.

We recommended a fibrous plasterwork specialist, Miles and Wilde, to install the cornices and decorated the room to a high standard with Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion in Hague Blue.

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Kodrin Spachtel – the “10 Downing Street” finish

2016 was the year when David further refined his Kodrin Spachtel process for giving the “10 Downing Street” finish to a front door.

Kodrin Spachtel (made by the Dutch firm Sikkens) is a dense, oil-based surfacer which lends a flawless smoothness and shine to any timber it is applied to – abrasives as fine as 1,000-grit round things off.

The Edwardian front door below was prepared by David in summer 2016 – the two, polished coats of Kodrin Spachtel were followed by Sikkens XD gloss, tinted by Holman Paints to Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball.

Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones that prevent it from feeling too hard. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal! Fabulous as a background to art, and extremely effective for use in halls to create a dramatic entrance to a home.

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Hallway inspiration from Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball’s website always carries inspiration which is accessible and usable.

Here are a couple of colour schemes for hallways…

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Hallway walls in Charleston Gray

 

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 Hallway walls in Hardwick White No.5; woodwork in Pointing No.2003; floor in Cornforth White No.228

Pines wallpaper by Little Greene

Our eye was recently caught by another beautifully detailed wallpaper from Little Greene, called Pines.

It is available in four colour variations: blue, ash, golden and silver.

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The Blue Collection by Little Greene

At the end of the summer in 2015, Little Greene released their Blue Collection.

As ever, they have produced some wonderful photographs of the colours being used in a selection of interiors — always a great source of inspiration.

Hampstead Penumbra and Celestial Blue 101 by Little Greene

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Dock-Blue 252 and Celestial White 262 by Little Greene

Dock Blue 252

 

Royal Navy 257 by Little Greene

Royal Navy 257

 

Camellia and Smalt 255 by Little Greene

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