We can count the days of 2018 – the year is almost gone and hey has it been a whirlwind or what! Lots of amazing projects, trips, my new apartment, meeting cool people. But you know what: I am beyond excited to kick off 2019. Yes I know there is still Christmas coming and a few more days to New Year’s Eve. But my excitement grows with every day. Why? Because 2019 already bears the promise of adventures! To bid 2018 farewell and welcome a fresh new year I have decided to make a little change in my home. Last week I painted a part of my hallway wall in a deep, velvety green hue called ‘Bancha’ by Farrow & Ball. Why did I choose that color? Because 2019 will be a green year! And I can’t wait to tell you why – soon!
For quite a while I was envisioning a little change for this specific hallway corner. It is actually the brightest spot in the hallway as it gets some natural light through the kitchen door. Because of that I decided to put my vintage teak sideboard right there and hang the String Pocket shelf on the wall – for plants, crystals, ceramics. You know me! It looked nice but I felt all these little treasures deserved an even more exciting backdrop. I was basically just in time as Farrow & Ball recently launched a new collection of paints. And I quickly spotted a favorite hue among them: Bancha.
Bancha is a deep, velvety green. It is darker than the olive green hue and is also described as mid-century modern green – in a nutshell: it had my name written all over it. I imagined the dark green wall as a perfect background for the teak sideboard, the plants, the earthy ceramics. So the decision was quickly made – even though it took me a while to find time for painting and redecorating. But now that it is done, I am happy to share the result and some before and after shots with you.
With the help of my good friend Ben we repeated the painting pattern from my other rooms – a 5 cm rim from the edges sets the feature wall visually apart. Additionally, I decided to paint the little side wall on the left too for an alcove vibe. Two coats of paint and some drying time later, it was ready to be redecorated. The sideboard went back to its original place as did the String Pocket shelf. But then it was time to reshuffle and reorganize all the little decor items. An earthy mix of vintage ceramics, plants and crystals sets the tone against the ‘Bancha’ green backdrop. I really love how all the earthy elements perfectly match the deep green hue. And it is so amazing to observe the various shades of green depending on the light situation.
Did you know that the name ‘Bancha’ is derived from Japanese tea leaves. After all, this color has a soothing, calming and comforting effect. Just like a cup of green tea. Here’s to more green adventures in 2019!
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Photography by Igor Josifovic