When it comes to paint, there are a lot of different brands to choose from and an endless palette of colour options. Where do you even start? Let me try and help you with that.
One brand that always stands out is Farrow & Ball, and for good reason. The elegant colour palettes and the chalky matt finish has long been the thing of interior design dreams!
This iconic British brand has a history of producing high-quality luxury paints with rich colours and distinct finishes. They also offer luxury wallpaper in striking golds, coppers, and silvers. It’s easy to gain inspiration when you explore their extensive colour palette.
As an interior designer, I’ve worked with many paint brands. I’ve always been drawn to the muted, sophisticated and refined hues of Farrow + Ball. A little moodier than Little Greene Paint Company colour collections (my other favourite paint brand)! So let’s take a look at the iconic brand…
In this post, we’ll be covering:
- The Farrow & Ball brand
- Are Farrow + Ball paints really worth the money?
- What are the most popular Farrow and Ball paint colours?
- Are F&B paints eco-friendly?
- How do I choose a finish?
- How to save 10% on all your farrow and ball paint colour purchases
Keep reading, and stick around until the end to learn how to save 10% on your Farrow and Ball purchases.
A history of excellence and a palette of colour
In 1946, John Farrow, a young chemist, met paint-maker Richard Ball in Dorset, England and began making paints together. They quickly built a reputation which they maintain today, for using only the highest quality ingredients and traditional production methods – all of their paints continue to be made by hand in small batches. This attention to detail means that each and every can of Farrow & Ball paint is truly unique.
The Farrow and Ball collection of paints is highly pigmented, providing an extraordinary depth of colour. Their rich pigment blend creates an unparalleled vibrancy in any room. If you’d like a farrow and ball feast, take a trip to Abbots Court country hotel in Dorset. Farrow and Ball sponsored the renovation of the large Victorian country residence, every room painted to perfection and a lookbook of all the latest trends, paint colours, combinations and styles.
Discover colour for all seasons
Farrow & Ball offers paint in a wide range of colours and finishes. You can visit a showroom or one of their many stockists to view their famed Colour Card, putting a world of colour in your hands.
No matter what your style or how big your project is, Farrow and Ball has a paint that will suit your needs.
Wondering if these gorgeous paints are eco-friendly?
All Farrow and Ball interior and exterior paints are made with water-based formulas. This means that they are low VOC and have a minimal environmental impact. They also offer a recycled container program, so you can recycle your empty paint tins.
Is Farrow and Ball paint worth the price?
If you want to understand the difference between designer paint and ordinary paint brands, then you need to check out this blog post as I deep dive into Are designer paints really worth it?
In short, the answer is yes, yes, they are.
Farrow and ball paints contain more colour pigment, use higher quality materials like high-grade titanium dioxide (a pure white pigment that covers reaaaaallly well), and designer paints cover more square meters than standard brands using the same quantity of paint.
Looking for inspiration? Here are five popular Farrow and Ball paint colours to try right now
Discover the versatile paint colours used in popular rooms to create traditional and contemporary looks.
Farrow Ball ‘Blackened’ adds elegance to a kitchen
Blackened is the coolest of all Farrow Ball whites and sits perfectly with Pavilion Gray. To see more colour, pair it with All White for a strong, uncompromisingly modern look.
Consider using light neutrals like Wimborne White to create a sophisticated and timeless look in any room.
If you’re after some deep and dark colour combinations, then being the cool white, think about combining Blackened with downpipe and railings for a strong contemporary combination.
Farrow and Ball Paint Colours ‘Ammonite’ has a soothing effect in a bedroom
A beautiful, soft grey. Ammonite is the perfect colour for creating a serene and calming environment in your home. Try pairing Ammonite with Purbeck Stone for a classic look in your bedroom.
Farrow and Ball paint colours ‘Hague Blue’ brings drama to a sitting room
Farrow and Ball Hague Blue is one of the most popular shades in the colour charts, and it’s easy to see why. This beautiful, deep blue can add drama and sophistication to any room.
Farrow and Ball Paint Colours ‘Elephant’s Breath’ adds sophistication to a dining room
Farrow and ball paint colours, Elephant’s Breath, is a delicate pale pink named after the gentle giants it resembles. This soft hue is created by blending pink and beige tones together to produce a natural, calming effect.
Elephant’s Breath is perfect for adding a touch of femininity to any room and can be used on walls and ceilings.
Whether you’re looking to add a pop of colour or create a more subdued atmosphere, this shade is a great option.
Farrow and Ball Paint Colours ‘Green Smoke’ adds a natural touch to a workspace
One of the most popular Farrow Ball’s paint colours is Green Smoke. It’s a beautiful, muted green that can be used in a variety of different settings.
If you’re looking for other most popular Farrow and Ball colours, take a look at Cornforth White Farrow and Ball and Farrow and Ball Railings are worth a look, and read this if you’re wondering ‘is Farrow and Ball Paint worth the money?’ You could also take a look at Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone and Farrow and Ball Downpipe.
How to choose a paint finish
One thing that has let the brand down over the years and seen even the most diehard and devoted colour lovers fleeting to B&Q and Johnsons to get the paints matched is the poor durability and sub-par wipe ability of the popular Estate Emulsion.
Farrow Ball has been listening and has now developed a more durable finish for high-traffic areas, Modern Emulsion.
Modern Emulsion is water-based, washable paint ideal for walls and ceilings in any room. It’s durable, scuff-proof and a moisture-resistant choice for high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms and moisture-prone areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. It has a lovely matt finish.
Estate Emulsion is also ideal for low-traffic interior walls and ceilings. It offers a signature velvety matte finish.
Estate Eggshell is a low shine satin finish that works well on wood and metalwork such as kitchen cabinets, trim, furniture and radiators.
Modern Eggshell is a tough interior finish that can also be used on wood, metal and concrete. You can use it on skirting, doors and even floors. It offers a mid-shine satin finish.
Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss finish used on wood, metal, walls and ceilings. It is water-resistant and is designed to resist flaking, peeling and fading for several years.
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Farrow & Ball paints are ideal for anyone looking for high-quality, durable and eco-friendly paint that offers great value.