Its the last Friday of the London Design Festival and Farrow & Ball have launched a collection of 9 new paints. I popped down to their immersive colour event in Shoreditch today to get a first hand rundown into the thinking behind the new colours that we are sure to be lusting over on the 'gram and Pinterest in the not so distant future and how we can use the existing F&B colours to compliment these new beauties.
The event as a whole was spectacular. The creative minds behind this have really had a blast and a run away budget? in curating this event. If you have been following my Instgram stories you will have seen the various rooms of wonder, the treasure trail to collect all the different paint samples and an interactive immersive app that surrounded you with butterflies in their "Teron" Tree top bird house. I even sat with a 3 foot egg and did my best nesting mother bird impression. There obviously will not be a photo of that on here...
There was a chance to stomp to your hearts content in the "Sulking Room Pink" boudoir turning all the furniture neon which offset this dusky rose perfectly.
You could repent for your sins in at the alter of "Paean Black"
Dream of romantic getaways to the Hamptons surrounded by "Jitney" Take a little tour of the Farrow & Ball compound in miniature all painted in "Preference Red"
Immerse yourself into the heart of Indian culture with "Rangwali"
And finally you where taken back to the classroom with "School House White'
Its was all so much fun and so INTERESTING. Often these events can be rather predictable and dull. You are greeted by a lovely team, shown some colours on various installations, given a little talk around the new collection, waved towards the sample pots and sent on your way. This was almost a stroke of genius by the Farrow and Ball team, I could have spent actual hours touching, jumping and generally exploring this event. Nothing was off limits.
Joa Studholme, the colour curator at Farrow & Ball opened her colour session presenting a new bold vision for the company going forward. Joa states that Farrow & Ball are trying to be trend setters rather than followers, and with our grey homes slowing being phased out for either dark tones or layers of colour and vibrancy, she feels these new 9 colours will be best placed to put Farrow & Ball firmly in the a trend setter category of the interior paint game, whilst in-keeping with their reputation for classic, one of a kind, premium quality paint.
Thats a big statement to make and on the whole I think they just may deliver. I can envision "Sulking Room Pink" being a major hit. I've got my sample pots and am on the train as I type heading home to splash it across my hallway ceilings. "Bancha" will be a major player and fall into cult / classic territory due to its versatility and ability be bold without overpowering a room. However the colour I'm going to bet on being the biggest hit is Rangwali. Something about its playfulness that we don't often see from Farrow & Ball opening up their paint range to new eyes and giving old ones a jolt into the daring.
So with no further ado, here's a complete rundown of the 9 exciting new colours from Farrow & Ball.
1. School House White
Reminiscent of the school house building in the Devon countryside where Farrow&Ball curate and create all of their paint colours, this warm white was created by Joa for herself as she adored the nostalgia the shade evoked. Those familiar with the Farrow&Ball palette may be thinking this looks just like "Slipper Satin" and you wouldn't be far off. The yellow tone of "Slipper Satin" has been removed leaving you with a paired back soft white suitable for all spaces which also sits well alongside the majority of other colours within the full Farrow&Ball range.
A Not to be mistaken for the classic "French Grey". This colour creates a green based version of the colour "Pigeon" soft and fabulous on exteriors and works well with mismatched colours like "Mouse". If you're thinking of pairing with a white, you will need to go for something with a slight green undertone as a stark white will kill this colour, something like "Lime White" would be perfect.
This is a celebration of the renaissance of earthy tones that are creeping back into our interiors. Muted, subtle and sitting somewhere between "Oxford Stone" and "Elephants Breath" this colour will work well in rooms with a big emphasis on natural fabrics, think cottons, jutes, wood, linen and an abundance of plants. Pair with "Vert De Terre"and "Sky Light". "Dimity" would be the white to use with here, and a combination of all the colours listed will lift any room and give you that laid back, grown up outdoor vibe.
Named after the paint that you throw during the Indian festival of Holy, Rangwali is bold, unapologetic and forever inviting. This exotic pink will work well with all whites in the Farrow & Ball collection to form a strong contrast. If you really want to up the ante, play around with 'Vardo" to really contrast up the space. You could use this colour scheme in somewhere small like a pantry or the cupboard under the stairs so you don't overwhelm a room or go wild with abandon in a large space and temper down the vibrancy with a bit of "Downpipe"on the wood work or around the door.
If you want your home to scream comfort, then Bancha is the colour for you. Named after a type of Japanese Green Tea, this green is a modern, darker version than the popular archive colour "Olive". This green can make sitting rooms look different and bold whilst still playing things relatively safe. Try teaming with 'Hay" and "Setting Plaster" for a mid-century modern vibe, or place throughout a hallway which leads onto a light room in School House White perhaps? to really make your neutral rooms feel like they are an expansion of space and light.
6. Preference Red
The Deepest and richest of all the reds, "Preference Red" is a homage to the Farrow & Ball head office and its original trading name Preferences Paints. This shade was born out of the continued rise in consumer confidence for bold paint colours. Giving rooms and intimate and traditional feel this red will give any home a feeling of grandeur. Working this red into your home can be easy, mix with "Hague Blue" on your wood work, and "Dove Tails" on your walls and ceilings for a bold, chic look. Or if you have no wood work you can divide your walls by using the same colour but painting the bottom half in a gloss and the top half in a matte. This is also a great trick if you have children as it makes the bottom of the walls that are often marked easier to clean.
7. Paean Black
Anyone that has grown up knowing or within the church will know that a Paean is a form of hymnal. This red based black was created with old church libraries in mind, rows and rows of dust covered books sitting stoically again the rooms "Paean" walls. The press release photos of this black give the paint a purple tint which was not apparent during the colour event (see my personal picture at the beginning of the blog). I would say its definitely deeper in tone than the other dark colours in their range but not as maroon as above. This black will allow you to create sumptuous, glamorous rooms that will be perfect to hunker down in doing the coming winter months. I would not pair this with any form of white, why ruin such a good thing with an atmosphere killing white? However I know that some of you just can't do without it in your lives so if you're going to do it, make sure your white has really depth - I wouldn't go lighter than "Skimming Stone"
8.Sulking Room Pink
My absolute favourite of the bunch. I was never that into the "Millennial Pink" trend that we have been living with for so long. I don't know if its due to me big an actual millennial and finding the name a bit patronising or the fact that it was just EVERY WEHRE all of the time, whatever it the explanation I could never gel with it. This dusk rose however is a pink that I can get on board with. Touted to be the "New Millennial Pink" please no, can we just put that colour name to bed now?! this pink is grown up, muted and I feel more versatile than its predecessor.
With this pink don't just confine it to your bedroom. Your kitchen would look wonderful with this on the units, "Peignoir" on the ceilings all tempered with a really strong floor or island in "Off Black" If you want to keep things light and sweet, then the white to use with this would be "Weathered".
9. De Nimes
THE new blue of 2019, this elegant, down to earth blue is rooted in a regency pallet but is inspired by Joa having to constantly wash her sons work wear which has similarities to the every day work wear of the people in Nimes, France. This new blue is a lighter version of a custom made colour for a private client and nothing like its still popular "Stiffeky Blue" as some outlets are reporting. It pairs extremely well with "Sulking Room Pink" and "Paean Black"for a truly sophisticated colour celebration.
So thats all from my report into the new Farrow & Ball colours. I can honestly say that I am a fan of all 9 and am really pleased that they have been bold and assured in their colour choice. Hopefully this will catapult them into the hearts and minds of a younger audience and we will start to see this range pop up in some cool and exciting places, possibly even hipster ones...
If you want to go and see these paints in all of their glory, this immersive event is open to the public for this weekend only at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. You can purchase tickets here.