We decided to upload a couple of pics of our lovely new kitchen diner to Farrow and Ball’s fabulous inspiration site.
I find it so useful looking at other people’s projects – whether my taste or not – and particularly like to see how paint colours turn out in different areas; incredibly helpful for choosing. So we thought we’d do our bit by sharing our pics, we’re gracious like that.
F&B accepted the pictures onto their site last week, all was good. Then I was a bit surprised to browse Facebook yesterday and see a pic of my own kitchen staring back at me in the news feed!
It was shared by Farrow and Ball with the message “What do you think of this kitchen recently uploaded to our Inspiration site? Anything you’d change or perfect as it is?”
Now, there was a fair bit of love for the piccie (over 400 likes to date and 40+ shares) however there was also much hatred. And you know what? It didn’t bother us at all; it was just amusing how unnecessarily vicious strangers feel they have the right to be.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I dare say we wouldn’t like a lot of their homes so we don’t particularly care if they don’t like ours.
However, the comments that were actually annoying were the ones about the fact we had hung the wallpaper upside down. Facebook’s arm-chair interior designers chose to call us ‘idiots’, ‘knobs’ and ‘cocks’ because of it. (But we’ve probably been called worse over more important things than wallpaper……)
We spent a long time deciding and discussing the merits of both ways :
“It looks like cupped hands”, “It’s a smile”, “It’s a frown”, “I can see a beard now”, “That’s a weird jellyfish”, “Do you just see lady bits?” and so on.
But we chose the way we wanted it, up it went and we bloody adore it. We know it’s not to everyone’s taste and, honestly, we couldn’t give a monkeys.
However, I was very pleased that F&B graced their comment thread with the following:
“We love how passionate everyone is about this! As with anything aesthetic, subjectivity is the watch-word of the day – everyone’s opinion counts here and we welcome both positive comments and constructive criticism… We also thank the owner of this home for adding their photos to our inspiration site to help inspire others.
With regard to the direction of the Lotus pattern, this can be hung either way depending on personal preference. This is a common quandary and we have previously created a board on Pinterest to show how Lotus looks hung both ways. Included in this board is a picture of the original inspiration behind our Lotus pattern, taken from 19 century French archives: http://pinterest.com/farrowball/lotus-wallpaper-hung-both-ways/“
And here is that lovely original inspiration for the Lotus pattern from 19th century French archives – adapted and simplified to become the Farrow & Ball Lotus design.
Oh, well, now, will you look a that?! It’s the same way up as our wallpaper.
IN YOUR FACE FACEBOOK CRITICS!!!!!
Sorry, couldn’t help cheering. I guess that’s why we’re knobs/cocks/idiots. But we knew that already.