In my 8 years of talking about paint and paint colors on the blog, I can’t believe that I’ve never written a post on Farrow and Ball paint. I receive questions all the time about Farrow and Ball paint colors and the paint itself and over the years, I have heard from many of you that you prefer to use Farrow & Ball paints when you can.
Today I wanted to share my favorite colors with you guys and explain more about this beautiful paint for those of you who are not familiar with it.
via Millan Interiors
Farrow & Ball paint was founded in the UK back in 1946. Even though the company is still based in the UK today, Farrow & Ball is widely available in the US with a very strong following of designers, home owners and architects. The paint is a very highly pigmented paint with a flat smooth absolutely stunning finish.
This wall painted with Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue is really the perfect example of what this paint does best. Just look at the rich depth of color pigmentation and the smooth consistent finish. The end result is unlike any other interior wall paint I have seen.
Oval Room Blue via Farrow & Ball
So what’s the catch? Unfortunately, Farrow & Ball is more expensive than tradition US based paints at around $99.00 a gallon (*gulp*) but honestly, the quality of paint is hands down a superior high end paint. Farrow & Ball has a very loyal following and for a few of my designer friends, it’s their staple paint because they love it so much. However, in my opinion, there is a time a place for the splurge (more on that in a moment).
Farrow & Ball Pale Powder via Lebey Interiors
I have only used Farrow & Ball paint a couple times for client spaces (at clients request). I have also seen it countless times on walls and I can spot it immediately when I walk into a space. In the past, I looked to use the paint but the colors were limited but recently, they expanded the color line to 132 colors, which was really needed.
When you look at a Farrow & Ball painted wall (like this one below painted in Off Black and Shaded White), you can instantly see what’s truly special about this paint and what sets it apart. Just notice how the color is more vivid and how the finish is flatter and more consistent. Almost chalk-like.
Farrow & Ball Off Black via Making Spaces
This wall and space is also a PERFECT example of when it would be advantageous to splurge on this paint. A dark rich color like this in a main living space would be worth the splurge. Again, just look at what this paint does!
Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue via Dyer Grimes Architect
Another time to consider the splurge is when painting cabinetry. Farrow and Ball paint on cabinetry is incredible. The rich consistent color and that amazing finish is pretty extraordinary!
Farrow & Ball Hardwick White via Noel Dempsey Design
Farrow & Ball Chappell Green via Amie Corley
Farrow & Ball Downpipe via House Beautiful
Farrow & Ball Wevet via Threshold Interiors
As far as the colors, the most popular Farrow & Ball paint color is called Hague Blue, a rich a deep gorgeous blue. I have seen this color everywhere lately!
Farrow & Ball Hague Blue via Willow Homes
Downpipe is a rich deep gray that’s very popular as well.
Farrow & Ball Downpipe via BHG
Here are some of my other favorite colors (names below images):
Farrow & Ball Pigeon via Sarah Sherman Samuel
Farrow & Ball Cornforth White via Anthony Wilder Design
Farrow & Ball Green Blue via Farrow & Blue
Farrow & Ball Herrington Blue via Perring Properties
Farrow & Ball All White via Crown Point Cabinetry
So what do you think? Can you see the differences with this paint? Again, I feel like there is a time and a place for the splurge and am considering using it for my dining room. I need a rich deep color to really help make a statement in the space.
As with any paint color, if you’re interested in trying one of these colors, be sure and sample the color first to see if it works in your space. You can order Farrow & Ball samples here.