Justifiably referring to themselves as ‘craftsmen in print and paper,’ Farrow & Ball is undeniably a British institution when it comes to upmarket interior design.

The Dorset-based company’s range of sophisticated, muted, high quality paints are synonymous with quality and elegance. And  here at NW3Interiors they’ve been the cornerstone of our paint solutions for our clients since we launched.

Just last week on February 1 Farrow & Ball’s much-anticipated new range of colours were revealed – a selection of nine shades ranging from soft neutrals and muted pastels all the way through to bold ‘brights’ and rich dark tones. We still can’t decide which we prefer most on first glance but we’ve already heard plenty of positive noises around the lovely pink/grey shade Peignoir:

  • Shadow white (soft white)
  • Drop Cloth (light grey’ish white)
  • Worsted (bright ‘pinkish’ grey)
  • Yeabridge (fresh avocado green)
  • Cromarty (blue grey)
  • Peignoir (pinks with grey)
  • Inchyara (grey’ish blue)
  • Vardo (rich, teal blue)
  • Salon Drab (chocolate brown)

NW3 Interiors Farrow & Ball Peignoir

Farrow & Ball’s new ‘pinkish’ Peignoir

Part of the excitement around the unveiling of the new shades was the fact that – unlike US-based colour authorities Pantone who introduce a new shade (this year two shades) annually – our own home-grown Farrow & Ball do so only once every three years. And, like the unveiling of the Bafta or Emmy Awards is all hush-hush and totally confidential until the big event.

NW3 Interiors Farrow & Ball  Salon Drab

Farrow & Ball’s new Salon Drab

Who are Farrow & Ball?

Like most good British traditions the company, formed in 1946, was named after their founder members – John Farrow and Richard Ball. During the next decade Farrow & Ball made its name in the commercial sector, winning contracts for Ford Cars in Dagenham (you may have seen the recent film of the same name?), Raleigh Bikes, the Admiralty and the War Office.

Come the sixties and the men had moved on, deciding to sell the business to Bakers. Following a fire in the same decade they moved to Wimborne.

In the nineties Farrow & Ball changed hands when historical decorator Tom Helme and his finance partner Martin Ephson took over. At this stage National Trust properties became a big focus for the brand. In 1995 it was artisanal wallpapers.

In 2010 Farrow & Ball made a big decision to switch their paints from oil to a water base with very low VOC content or none at all. VOC are solvents that can result in headaches or dizziness in susceptible individuals and are believed by some scientists to contain carcinogens.

Today Farrow & Ball have a flagship store in Chelsea and showrooms in Toronto, New York and Paris as well as numerous stores dotted throughout major UK cities and towns. No doubt you’ve already spotted one near you. They’re definitely worth a look round.

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Images via Farrow & Ball