ABOUT FARROW & BALL
Founded in Dorset, England in the 1930s by John Farrow and Richard Ball, the company that bears their name revolutionized the emerging modern paint industry. Farrow and Ball were completely committed to preserving traditional craftsmanship at a time when the industrial revolution demanded that products be made faster and cheaper, regardless of the effect on quality or the environment. The two paint pioneers formulated their recipes strictly with only the best materials: the paints have an unusually high pigment content and light refracting quality, which in turn produces deep, rich colors. Each hue has a purposeful name, chosen with historical significance or narrative emotion to draw the onlooker into a story. “Mouse’s Back", "Manor House Gray", and "Print Room Yellow” are a few favorites. The company continues to honor the legacy of the old, marrying it with newer environmentally friendly techniques. All F&B paint is water based, dries quickly with minimal odor and is safe for children’s environments. Every one of the curated palette of 132 colors is still produced with pride at the original Dorset factory. This year, Farrow & Ball unveiled nine new colors! In keeping with the practice to choose significant hues, the nine are inspired by and named after the Dorset landscape. You can see those colors here.
Here are a few color combos I’d like to try...
FARROW & BALL, A DESIGNER’S DARLING
It is no wonder that Farrow & Ball quickly became prized for its unique quality almost from the moment the company began. As important as the wonderfully soulful color range offered are the fabulous finishes available. I’m crazy for the ESTATE EMULSION flat finish. In my world, wall paint cannot be flat enough...this one is as chalky and deep a finish as I’ve seen. And I love the FULL GLOSS finish - which is incredibly versatile for indoors and out…and it is suitable for metal surfaces too. It has almost a lacquered effect…which makes me swoon – and it’s not from the fumes, as there are none! From Royal and government chambers to the houses of private citizens, F&B continues to garner an intelligently devoted following. This article from House Beautiful features designer Alexander Doherty’s revitalization of a 1911 Manhattan apartment, inspired by rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He used exclusively Farrow & Ball paint!
Walls: Dix Blue; Trim: Oval Room Blue
Walls: Pavilion Gray; Trim: Lamp Room Gray
Walls: London Clay; Trim: Charleston Gray