Five ways to makeover your home with a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant
You’ve made the decision to decorate. Hours of combing Instagram has yielded a fantastic off-white space, but when you slick the tester on the walls, it looks sludgy and Insta-ntly disappointing. Choosing colours can be a minefield – what appears great in the tin doesn’t always translate to real life. Fortunately, a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant can simplify the process by coming to your home and creating a personalised palette that’ll deliver the look you want, however bold, subtle ot unconventional you want it. Farrow & Ball original Colour Consultant Joa Studholme outlines some key aspects of the service a Colour Consultant can provide..
1. We'll help you rethink how you decorate
A Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant can change the way you think about paint – they know the colour palette inside out and combine this with their own individual design expertise. According to Joa, there are three main approaches. "Traditionally, there’s the colour on walls and neutral woodwork, but you can turn that on its head, and put the palest colour on the walls to create a big, light room," she explains. "At the moment, the most complementary are pinks, such as Setting Plaster on walls with Tanner’s Brown on woodwork. Ironically, the most popular way is to use one colour everywhere. It makes everything look bigger, because you can’t read the confines (ie windows, walls, doors) of the room."
2. Find the right complementary combinations for you, with our help
Knowing which colours will work together for you and your home is a skill, but a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant can simplify the process. "Look to nature for fantastic colour combinations," Joa advises by way of example. "We have an aubergine shade called Brinjal that works brilliantly with greens because they look like the stem alongside flesh. That said, we take our cues from how you feel about colours, because Farrow & Ball paint shades are so nuanced, the difference between them can be small. For instance, most people can barely differentiate between Drop Cloth, Old White and Stony Ground. However, a Colour Consultant would be able to advise not to use Old White in a north-facing room, because it has a creamy base, but the warmer Stony Ground."
3. You CAN embrace bold colour – we'll show you how
If you’re wary of statement shades, a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant can help. Joa often suggests clients use them low down. "Try to keep statement colour below your eye level, such as dark kitchen base units alongside light walls and higher units," she says. "Or you can use it sparingly – in cloakrooms, inside cupboards or at the back of a dresser – small spaces where you can add something to make you smile."
4. Let's make your woodwork more dynamic
It's easy to forget about skirting, architraves or window frames while you’re redecorating – we can show you ways of making them contribute to a stronger look for your home. "You could use a complementary tone to the wall colour or, instead of gloss, an eggshell finish, which is much flatter," suggests Joa. "I love using a dark tone on staircase spindles as it creates a lovely spine through the middle of your house. It’s those ideas that a Colour Consultant can offer up."
5. Emphasising the moods within your home
A good Colour Consultant understands that a room’s function can determine what colours might work best. "I suggest using your strongest colour in the hall, such as Inchyra Blue or Bancha," says Joa. "When you come through the front door, there’s a sense of drama, plus the rooms that lead off feel light and bright. As living rooms tend to be used at night, they work well in warm colours that give you a big hug, such as Dead Salmon or Sulking Room Pink. For bedrooms, Pale Powder is an incredibly pretty, calm colour. If you want a cocoon-like bedroom, think about De Nimes."
Find your ideal colours
Your Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant will devise a bespoke paint scheme for your home based on every element, from how you use each room to personal tastes. Visit farrow-ball.com/colour-consultancy now to book your consultation.