The Best Farrow & Ball Colours for Your Home
Farrow & Ball – the home of luxurious colour
Beloved by both homeowners and designers, Farrow & Ball is the paint of choice across architectural and interior design magazines, makeover television programmes, and instagram. The reason for this is simple – Farrow & Ball colours are rich, vibrant, and complex due to the traditional methods used to formulate the paint. The homegrown brand is renowned for its palette of 132 colours, and this autumn/winter Farrow and Ball paint colours include 9 new shades.
Ultimately, when it comes to colour what matters is that it is your home – if you design a scheme that makes you happy, that you want to live in, that’s what counts. To find that scheme, know the space that you are painting – watch how light affects it, think about the light when you most use the room and what it is used for, and always test colours under all conditions.
Here we look at the ways to use Farrow and Ball colours to transform your home, from Hague Blue to Elephant’s Breath. Below we look at tone palettes, or skip ahead for a more general look at Farrow & Ball paint colours based on room and light.
Playing with neutrals – Calm, understated elegance
Attention-grabbing or gentle blush – Pink and red
Make it a feature – Bold, vivid tones
Scandinavian and Modern – Shades of grey
Fresh and tranquil – Green hues
What makes Farrow & Ball colours so special?
The Farrow and Ball colour palette of 132 tones is renowned in interior paint and design circles for its rich colouration and the way it responds to light. But what gives it these qualities? It is their unique method of blending their pigments with the ingredients for the base paint. Up to five pigments are used for each colour, providing a coating with a unique character that changes with the light and season, and stands out among the wall paint options.
The base paint is made of chalk, china clay, and titanium dioxide (called ‘titanium white’ when used as a pigment). Each Farrow & Ball paint is water-based, making it low-odour and more environment and health conscious. The colour pigments are added to this base, each carefully formulated for the complexity and depth of colour. After extensive testing the paint is ready to be sold.
On the importance of light
Everyone has had that experience of discovering that a colour does not look the same at home as it did in the shop. This is because colours respond differently in different lights – think of the difference between harsh supermarket lighting and a warm fireside. As the day waxes and wanes, so too does the light, changing how a colour, and a room, looks.
Morning light is more blue, so east-facing rooms benefits from green and blue tones. Sunny yellow-based colours work well with bright rooms which overlook a garden, avoid grey and green bases in cool north-facing rooms, but south facing rooms are full of light all day, and are perfect to really let you imagination run free.