If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about style and colour it’s designer Totty Lowther. During her varied career she’s designed window displays for Laura Ashley, decorated sets for big budget movies and helped style country houses.
20 years ago, Totty went to live on a hill farm in the Lake District. It’s here that she opened her own interiors shop in an old shipping container, selling furniture, works and prints from artists local and beyond.
Totty is inspired by riotous colour and the simplicity of English blockprinting which she searches for in the linings of old furniture drawers, leather trunks and patchwork quilts.
Her latest venture is a stunning range of colourful wallpapers and fabrics, Pomegranate, for Lewis & Wood, available in 7 colours. Browse the collection on the Lewis & Wood website or visit the company showroom in Chelsea Harbour.
To celebrate the launch the Archive Collection at Paint Library London, we caught up with Totty to discuss her design inspirations, and how a love of the weird and wonderful informs her work.
Totty we’re huge fans of your Pomegranate designs. What are your favourite Paint & Paper Library Colours from the Paint Library London showroom and why did you pick them?
Thanks for having me here. It’s a tricky choice, but I’m going to go for the Gamboge as my top choice of the Paint and Paper Library palette. It’s so bright and refreshing, and would create a lovely mood behind a newly restored early Chinioiserie longcase clock I’ve just bought.
A very close second is Wattle 11, as it would make a wonderfully subtle backdrop to a pair of recently bought vast decorative painted Italian wall sconces.
What is your earliest memory of colour?
My father’s red hair, and seeing fresh Spring beech leaves.
What colour is your favourite possession?
I adore my handwoven multi-coloured Bulgarian shag rug bought in Sofia, which I have thrown over a sofa. Also my sparkling Citrine and diamond drop earings.
Which three words best sum up your style and aesthetic?
Bright, bonkers, unexpected.
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PAINT LIBRARY’S ARCHIVE COLOUR COLLECTION
We delighted to showcase the Archive Colours, a unique palette of colours handpicked from the Paint & Paper Library Archive.
Much loved colours from the last 20 years, such as Moxa, Wild Silk and Jaipur Pink make up this exceptional collection inspired by Paint & Paper Library’s flagship store in Chelsea — Paint Library London.
Each of these colours was handpicked by our talented in-house team to bring sophisticated style and charm into any interior space. We want our clients to use these colours to bring a dynamic, signature style in their own homes.
Check out our full range of Archive Colours on our website, or call us on 020 7823 7755.