Farrow & Ball's new colorchart
I've resisted Farrow and Ball for many years, thinking for some reason they were snooty and affected. But then again, so am I. When their new color card flew over my transom, I decided to have a closer look.
For starters, Farrow and Ball has an “edited” palette of 132 colors, compared with the thousands at other paint companies. I’ve got to say, this is something I have unlimited respect for because: A) They’ve done all the work for us. B) People go crazy when given too many choices. C) They’re staking a claim and saying, “ In our world view, this is what’s important.” D) If you don’t like that world-view, then move on.
They claim to be both traditional and contemporary, and at first glance this seems very accurate. Many of the colors are redolent of the landed gentry, with names to match (Dorset Cream, Pale Hound). Churlish Green could be the color of a British breakfast nook, but looks also like a part of the recent Wasabi trend. Arsenic might either belong in a scullery, or make a sensational children’s room. And of course I’m drawn to the deep darks like Pelt, Railings, Black Blue and Green Smoke and I think one could do things fresh and exciting with them depending on the context.
Let me know your thoughts.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter
- Founded: 1940s
- Founded by: John Farrow & Richard Ball
- Headquarters: Dorset, UK
Chemists John Farrow and Richard Ball started the company on the southern coast of England, in Dorset, in the 1940s. Farrow and Ball's paints contain a high degree of pigment, and they sell a highly edited palette of traditional colors. Their paints are available through showrooms and specialty paint stores in Europe, the US, and Canada.