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Farrow & Ball’s colour trends and how to use them

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Farrow & Ball’s colour trends and how to use them

Now that we are spending more time in the home, we will be using colours that feel friendly and relatable. These thoughtful choices convey a sense of ease and familiarity and are a result of wanting to find calm within the chaos of our turbulent world. We want our homes to be places not just for rest and recovery, but also for rejuvenation and inspiration. Farrow & Ball colour curator Joa Studholme reveals how to use this year’s trend colours in the home.

Rich and warm

In challenging times, we crave warm tones that will enrich our homes and create cosy sanctuaries away from the outside world. Luxurious colours like Preference Red (pictured below) can be added to the most neutral of palettes. Use them in rooms inhabited at the end of the day, when we most want to relax and be comforted. In 2021 we have moved away from dark charcoals and blues and towards the warmer tones of nature, like Deep Reddish Brown and Tanner’s Brown. These are strong and subdued but achingly fashionable. Incredibly chic by day and cosy by night, they bring a grounded but luxurious atmosphere. These colours are thought-provoking as well as soothing, particularly when paired with other hues found in the natural world. All three of these chocolatey tones are particularly suited to bookshelves and library shelving when used in Modern Eggshell.

Complementary colours: Dimity, Joa’s White, Jitney, Studio Green.

Clean and timeless blues

The blues best suited to anchoring our homes in 2021 are cleaner tones like lively Pitch Blue, fresh Ultra Marine Blue (shown below), and the darker, inkier Stiffkey Blue. These uncomplicated shades feel familiar, like memories from our childhood. As such, they have a soothing effect in the home despite their cooler undertones. For a simple but immersive colour experience, use the colour on both walls and woodwork. Use Modern Eggshell and Modern Emulsion to create the perfect family environment that is wipeable and scuff-proof! If, however, you want a more formal feel, team these blues with All White or Ammonite on the woodwork and they will sing even more, especially when used in well-lit spaces or on central kitchen islands. However, when used in areas deprived of light or in rooms lit by lamps, they become much richer in feel.

Complementary colours: All White, Purbeck Stone, Ammonite, Lake Red

Natural greens

Bringing the elements of the natural world into our interiors encourages personal growth as well as evoking a feeling of calm. All greens reinforce our connection to nature and create the perfect welcoming start to the journey through your home. This makes greens a particularly popular choice for hallways, where they cause the rooms off it to feel bigger and lighter. The traditional grey undertone of Treron makes it feel as if it is part of your family. And, like the slightly bluer Green Smoke, it has an irresistibly inviting deepness and weathered familiarity. These are soft, smoky colours that embrace you on your return home. The more olive-coloured Sap Green is perfect for those who want to embrace a stronger colour with a mid-century modern feel. But it still allows you to stay in touch with nature and benefit from the protective and grounding attributes of using green in the home.

Complementary colours: Shadow White, Broccoli Brown, Drop Cloth, Tanner’s Brown

Image of Farrow & Ball Green Smoke
Image: Light Blue No.22 Modern Emulsion and Green Smoke No.47 Modern Eggshell, Farrow & Ball
Earth colours

The palette of colours we want to use in the home has expanded. We are looking to introduce warmer tones to add personality and elegance while still remaining comfortable. Surrender to the urge to escape and find refuge in the beauty of nature by using the colours of the earth. Soft, understated Jitney is the perfect base colour to build upon. As such, it is particularly suited to kitchens. Here we can layer other earth colours on units and islands, to reconnect with the elements of land, clean air, and natural light. Modern Eggshell with its incredible knock-proof quality should be used on woodwork, while washable Modern Emulsion is ideal for the walls. The stronger, more mushroom tone of Dead Salmon is just as subtle as Jitney and has an even more aged, earthy look, making it feel familiar and easy to live with. India Yellow (pictured below) is somewhat stronger and moodier. This is the perfect colour for 2021 with its mix of aged ease and modern strength.

Complementary colours: Slipper Satin, Card Room Green, Off White, Mahogany

Image of Farrow & Ball India Yellow Credit: Jannik Martensen-Larsen
Image: India Yellow No.66 Estate Emulsion and Down Pipe No.26 Modern Emulsion, Farrow & Ball; Photo by: Jannik Martensen-Larsen

About Joa Studholme: Colour curator Joa Studholme has worked with Farrow & Ball for over 20 years, developing the colour range and consulting on design projects. Much of Joa’s work involves helping people see how Farrow & Ball paints work together to create a truly decorated feel. Joe is also prolific public speaker, spreading the word about how colour can transform a room through her popular Colour in the Home talks and books How to Decorate and Recipes for Decorating.

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