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Peignoir & Worsted

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted

I could barely contain my excitement yesterday. I was off to visit the Masonic Villas project for the first time since the hallway, stairs and landing were given its new Farrow & Ball colour palette. I won’t lie. I did a little cry when I arrived to finally see it, worse still I found it impossible to leave… I just kept gawping. Truly beautiful.

Please bear in mind, we’ve still got artwork and mirrors to hang, brass stair rods to fit and the final finishing touches to sort, but I thought it was only fair you got to see it. I mean, we’ve all been waiting so long to see F&B’s Peignoir and Worsted up on these walls haven’t we?

**Major pic heavy post**




After – Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir and Worsted

Everything from the dado rail and below was painted in Worsted Estate Eggshell, including all the door frames, staircase and spindles. Everything above the dado was painted Peignoir Estate Emulsion. I didn’t want lots of fussy colour changes around all the detail like the picture rail, frieze and cornicing. I wanted two blocks of colour. Nice, clean and simple.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted

A beautifully feminine combination of colours but not sickly sweet. It looks fresh and contemporary, but still with a vintage air. Just what this stunning building needed. The rich, dark mahogany handrail looks stunning against these colours.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted

Ideally, the staircase runner would be changed to something darker to really pop against the Worsted woodwork, but for now it’s staying as it’s pretty new. The dark bronze stair rods will certainly help to anchor the space, tying in with that deep chocolate handrail.


Another before pic.

Victorian Staircase

It has a hint of Paris chic don’t you think?

Reclaimed Chandelier

You can read all about the chandelier here. Funny story.

Mullan Wall Lights

Lyx Wall Lights by Mullan Lighting add a warm hit of antique brass, almost bronze, which will link in beautifully with the new stair rods running up the staircase.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted Inchyra Blue

Ignore the stash of stuff at the bottom of the stairs, (see I told you, we’ve not finished yet), but I wanted to show you the front door too. It’s been painted in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue, which no doubt about it, appears green in this house. Green with a hint of blue. Also, if you remember, I was using Inchyra Blue both here and just one other place…..

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted Inchyra Blue

The second place being in the small home office, aka, “The Pod”. When you look back down the staircase you get a double hit of rich dark, greeny blue from the two spaces directly on top of each other. Both framed by the soft, earthy grey tones of Worsted. It works so well.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir Worsted Inchyra Blue

I shall be doing an update on “The Pod” in a little while. It shall be worth the wait!

Farrow & Ball Peignoir and Worsted

And so there you have the hallway, staircase and landing. I hope you have enjoyed the tour of the freshly painted space.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir and Worsted

I could sit in this chair all day looking at this fresh new space. It really is a delight to be in. I can’t stop looking at the pictures you know. I’ll be racing to get back there again next week.

Farrow & Ball Peignoir and Worsted

So, is it what you expected? Would you rock these colours in your home? Would love to hear from you.



  1. Oh my, those colours look utterly beautiful in this house! Not colours I would ever have thought of picking myself, but wow, I am blown away. They just SING, don’t they? Absolutely love the lights too!

    • Thank you. They really do sing don’t they? And yes the wall lights are really cool. Add a little edge to the space.

  2. Michelle says

    I am considering Worsted for kitchen units, along with a Railings island, do you think it would be OK. I worry that it may be too dark, but as the colour is so new there are very few real life examples. This is the most extensive set of photos of Worsted I have seen. It looks lovely. Thank you.

  3. Looks absolutely stunning Karen. Love the shot of the mahogany handrail contrasting with the paint colours. Beautiful job xx

  4. kate says

    Oh wow Karen! I’m not usually one for a frieze but it looks wonderful in the space – great colour choices! xx

    • Yeah I know what you mean. It seems the new colours have really lifted this space and given it a whole new “unfussy” lease of life. Thank you!!xx

  5. Kathryn says

    It looks lovely! I’ve just painted my front door in Peignoir and my bedroom in Worsted. The bedroom was white before, so it’s quite a contrast. However, whilst the Worsted looks stunning in the natural light with a lavender tone coming through (window is south east facing) , I think it looks really murky and muddy in electric light. Do you have any advice about what sort of evening lighting might work better? Currently I have 2 smallish lamps either side of the bed. Thanks!

    • Hi Kathryn,
      That’s a tough one. What with me not having any more info or pictures of your room. What colour is your furniture, ceiling, floor? The colours around it might be making it look that way more than the lighting. What kind of bedsides do you have? Shaded, directional lights, bare bulbs? And do your bulbs have a cool or warm light? So many considerations…

  6. Pieranna says

    Wonderful! That’s exactly what I would like to do in my home to transform the ugly heavy wooden dark brown doors into luminous and elegant doors, playing with the famous shades of grey! 🙂

  7. maria says

    Gorgeous! i envy Your color feeling, it’s fantastic what You do, love every bit but Your navy blue sofa with the same background, I’m dying

  8. Vettese Smith says

    What is the paper you have used, I totally love it, the colour is amazing

  9. Audrey says

    I will be also painting Peignoir walls and with molding and was wondering if you could please tell me the ceiling color in the room with the door that you have painted Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue.

    It almost looks like an Ivory color but not sure. You have EXQUISITE Taste. Very Elegant,

    • Karen Knox says

      Thank you Audrey – that’s very kind. The ceiling was also painted in Peignoir.

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