Farrow & Ball Colour Advice

Last week I spent an evening at the Farrow & Ball show room in Manchester, where the creative Director of the company, Joa Studholme, talked us through some of the companies most popular colour schemes using neutrals and greys.

The evening was run in collaboration with Living Etc magazine and although as an interior designer, I thought I knew a thing or two about colour, Joa’s knowledge, experience and insight into some of Britain’s heritage homes, was so inspiring. Seeing her put together neutral colour palettes and talk through the ways in which they could be used to create different feels and depths to rooms, highlight or detract from features in a room and work together with the companies range of wallpapers, brought new life to some of the colours I thought I knew so well and which I have used on many occasions.

She also explained how the company have introduced new colours into their palette, to satisfy customer demand and showed us how they can be used in a more contemporary setting, which is not often associated with the Farrow & Ball identity.

After listening to Joa, we had chance to ask advice from the show rooms experienced staff and left with free samples, magazines and inspirational booklets. It was a brilliant evening and left me wanting to go home and re-design all the rooms in my house again.


The neutral colour palette of Farrow & balls whites and greys that Joa used for her presentation


Joa suggested that rather than use white for woodwork, such as skirtings, doors and dado rails, in the traditional way, to use a paler version of the colour used on the walls, so that the woodwork blends in to the room.


A more dramatic way of decorating is to use the same colour throughout the room on all the walls and woodwork, such as here, where Farrow & ball, French grey has been used.


Of course if you have magnificent features in your room, such as this decorative plaster work ceiling and cornice, white is perfect to highlight the features.


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