Most paint companies unveil a new suite of colors every season, but for Farrow & Ball, it's not a regular occurrence. In fact, it has been a few years since the esteemed British brand added any colors to its famous palette of 132 shades. That is, until recently.
Farrow & Ball announced nine new colors, along with a stunning editorial that shows each shade in use. "From pink and our deepest red to a soft off-white and down to earth blue, our nine new additions are blended with only the richest pigments and finest quality ingredients for an extraordinary depth of color," a company press release states.
True to the brand, the new colors will be 100% water-based, low odor, eco-friendly, and available in a range of finishes. Take a peek at the brand's new paint colors and some examples that suggest how mesmerizingly gorgeous they look in-person. We're sold!
"This midcentury modern green is a darker version of the much-loved archive color, Olive. Perfect for those who want to embrace stronger color in the home, its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene especially when combined with soft pinks and browns. Named after Japanese tea leaves, Bancha, like a cup of green tea, provides a feeling of security."
In our opinion, this is the best shade of green because it's neutral enough to blend with other elements of the room but bold enough to add a touch of charisma.
"This quietly elegant blue feels wonderful down to earth, so could be used on anything from a kitchen island to an airy drawing room. The exact shade is rooted in a regency palette but is inspired by the cloth of everyday workwear made in the French city Nîmes."
If we got to name this hue, we'd call it "denim" because it is that perfect blue shade that goes with absolutely everything. Depending on the other colors in the space, it can go moody, neutral, soft, or flashy.
"This earthy color sits somewhere between the more traditional Oxford Stone and greyer Elephant's Breath. Though muted, it is incredibly uplifting and reminds us of lazy days by the sea-hence sharing its name with the bus that whisks New Yorkers out of the hot city to the similarly colored sandy beaches of the Hamptons."
Halfway between brown and grey, Jitney is a beautiful and sophisticated neutral that, despite its name, reminds us of the English countryside. With warm undertones, Jitney offers an inviting and comfortable feel.
"This Georgian inspired red based black creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes, while adding a distinguished look to traditional exteriors. The perfect accent for all our reds and completing our range of blacks, Paean Black conjures up the shade of old leather hymnals and so is named after a song of praise."
Dark shades never fail to add a touch of drama and intimacy to a space—especially if said space is small. We're loving this inky purple hue for accent walls and ceilings.
"This color is bright, happy and vital. The most adventurous of our pinks, Rangwali is incredibly friendly and takes its name from the powder which is thrown so enthusiastically during the Holi festival of colors in India. Though bright, it has an absorbing depth of color which is achieved by adding a small dose of black pigment."
Contrary to popular belief, pink doesn't have to be ultra-feminine. Especially when paired with neutral shades like grey or black, pink takes on a totally different vibe. It feels fresh and bohemian, which is a look we can certainly get behind.
Pair pink paint with complementary hues that wont outshine it. We suggest an equally rich shade of orange, sapphire blue, crisp white, or a minty green.
School House White
"This is the lightest colour in the group including Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth-each created to look like white when used in deep shade. Pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups, this soft off-white is reminiscent of the colour used in old schoolhouses."
Some people love the look of a minimal space swathed in a crisp and sharp white. Others, however, like the idea of white but feel like bright white may be too sterile-looking. Enter School House White, a creamy white that adds warmth to a space.
Sulking Room Pink
"Not to be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth, its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. Sulking Room Pink is evocative of the colors so often used in boudoirs, a room named after the French 'bouder'—to sulk."
This dusty rose color gives us English garden feels. Like Bancha, Sulking Room Pink is muted enough that you can use it as a neutral. It offers just the right amount of oomph to a space without overtaking any of the other elements.
"This enduring color is a dark green version of Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Grey and our Traditional Neutrals."
Some colors are totally open to interpretation, and Treron is a great example of one: Some may see a cool green while others may see a chalky grey. Because it's so versatile, you can pair it with just about any other hue.
Similar to dark colors, shades of red add a sense of drama. We're partial to rich, oxblood ones like Preference Red because it's warm yet refined. This seems like a color that would appear on the walls of a centuries-old library, but would also look amazing in a tiny bedroom with great sunlight.