If pianos tend to come in only three shades – namely black gloss, white gloss or mahogany – this need no longer be the case. In the hands of Bath-based bespoke specialist 88 Keys, a beloved upright or grand can be harmonised to home decor (from £1,000) thanks to a colour-matching service that works to any paint hue or fabric sample, while both vintage and new instruments can be treated to an array of coloured, textured and metallic finishes.
The team, which is currently working on a vintage Steinway, uses specialist hand-application methods at the Bath workshops. Pianos can be vinyl-wrapped in myriad patterns and colours (from £2,500), while a copper coating (from around £15,000 for an upright or £30,000 for a grand) can carry on oxidising after application or be sealed to stop the process. One client in Guernsey recently ordered a grand piano recoloured to match a golden console, while a Cheshire commission involved the restoration and respraying of a German 1920s piano to match Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue walls (complete with matching concert stool). The process takes between two and three months.
“There is really no one else doing something like this in the UK,” says 88 Keys’ founder Jon Kelly, who works with interior designers, yacht designers and private clients. “What we’re doing at the moment is relatively modest in terms of where we can go.” Next up this year will be some visually arresting artist collaborations.