At Remodelista, we’re longtime devotees of UK premium paint brand Farrow & Ball. Why the love? Farrow & Ball colors are among the most complex we’ve seen, they’re low-VOC, and they’re made with rich pigments using original formulations. The well-edited collection is limited to 132 hues, each with a whimsical name—”Mole’s Breath,” for example—that tells a story grounded in personal anecdotes and real places. Since the company was founded in 1946, Farrow & Ball paint has been made in a factory in Dorset, England. Today, in honor of its 70th anniversary, the company is releasing nine new colors developed over the past three years, each available in a full range of interior and exterior finishes.
For the next nine days on Instagram, a coterie of Farrow & Ball ambassadors—Remodelista included—will share a favorite new color; follow Farrow & Ball for inspiration.
And in the coming months, Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson will be using Farrow & Ball’s nine new colors in her own home. Stay tuned.
Inchyra Blue is named for the exterior doors of a Georgian house in Scotland, painted in a complex blue to complement the moody Scottish skies. Farrow & Ball color consultant Joa Studholme says, “It may read as gray or even green to some people; it’s perfect for use both in contemporary homes and traditional exteriors.”
Gray-pink Peignoir is Farrow & Ball at its finest: a subtle hue that morphs with the changing light. Peignoir is inspired by the color of chiffon dressing gowns popular in the mid-20th century. It is “the softest of pinks with a great big dose of gray.”
Named for the small outer lobby of a drawing room, Salon Drab is “a classic 19th-century warm drab.” Shown here in a room with millwork painted Yeabridge Green, Farrow & Ball notes that Salon Drab works especially well with neutrals rooted in red or yellow.
Yeabridge Green is “the most uncomplicated of the Farrow & Ball greens,” named for the Georgian farmhouse in Somerset, where it was discovered.
Named after the Norfolk village known for producing worsted suiting fabric, Worsted is a color that “sits happily between the popular but lighter Purbeck Stone and the slightly stronger Mole’s Breath,” according to the F&B colorists. It’s shown here in a room with walls painted Inchyra Blue.
A vardo is a Romany wagon, known in the mid-19th century for its flamboyant decorative colors. Farrow & Ball’s Vardo is “a color full of life and joy,” recommended as an elegant counterpoint to light grays; it is “super sexy” when paired with darks.
Shadow White is a lighter version of the popular Shaded White, without the yellow overtones of Slipper Satin. “It has no yellow undertone, but also doesn’t read as overtly gray.”
Drop Cloth is a color named for one of our favorite products of all time: the humble painter’s drop cloth. “It’s a nod to all those loyal painters who have flown the Farrow & Ball flag for so long.” Along with Shaded White and Shadow White, Drop Cloth is the darkest “in a trio of colors that are so easy to use in any style of home.”
Cromarty is inspired by the “swirling mists and sea” of Scotland’s Cromarty Firth estuary. It is in the same family as, but lighter than, Pigeon and Mizzle; a soft color for rooms “which are neither too blue nor too gray.”
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