5 Smart Tips for Choosing Paint and Wallpaper

Decorating expert Farrow & Ball opens its first NJ showroom...

Farrow & Ball paint
This cozy kitchen's pulled-together look is achieved with F&B paint in String No.8 and Card Room Green No.9.

Punching up your home’s color scheme with updated paint and wallpaper? Now it’s easier than ever to browse paints, textures and finishes at the soon-to-open Farrow & Ball showroom in Paramus. Doors open to the public with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 15….a perfect occasion to browse F&B’s wallcovering collection and its palette of 132 eco-friendly paint colors.

I especially love the Farrow & Ball showroom concept because it’s easy to buy wallpaper samples and “tester” paint pots. There’s also a big display of oversized paint chips that show how each color might appear on your own wall. (Instead of tiny paint chips available at most paint stores, these are considerably larger.)

The Bergen County showroom, the company’s first retail location in New Jersey, will be staffed with experts who offer complimentary color advice, decorating inspiration and in-home color consulting.

Here are Farrow & Ball’s 5 top tips for decorating projects:

  1. Take your time. Before choosing paint and wallpaper, carefully consider the overall look you want to achieve.
  2. Get inspired by home decorating magazines, interior design blogs and other social media channels.
  3. For a clear vision of the look and feel of your final space, curate images of your favorite rooms and attach them to a “mood board.”
  4. Before making a final decision, take home paint and wallpaper samples and observe them within your space at different times of day to see how light affects the room.
  5. When narrowing down paint colors at home, an easy method is to paint each color onto a project board or card so you can move it around the space and see how it will appear.

Farrow & Ball, founded in England in 1946, uses fine-quality, rich pigments in its paint and still relies on traditional block-and-trough methods to print its wallpaper.

Besides the October 15 grand opening, Farrow & Ball in Paramus will host several events to celebrate the new location, including a November 1 introduction to the company’s newest book, How to Decorate, and an October 31 Halloween-themed painting event. The showroom is located at 160 Route 17 North, Paramus, and operating hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am -6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am -6:00 pm. The store is closed on Sunday.

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