For color and paint enthusiasts, today is a special day. Farrow & Ball, the esteemed English paint and wallpaper company, is launching a collection of new colors. They happen to be celebrating their 70th anniversary this year — they were founded in 1946 by paint pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball — so it’s fitting that nine new colors make their way into the esteemed collection.
Since the brand only launches new colors every two to three years, we were thrilled to be able to preview the additions to their carefully chosen, 132-color lineup. The sumptuous paint colors are made using high levels of rich pigments with original recipes developed in the 1940s. We love that the company maintains their longstanding production techniques, but has tweaked their formulas to meet the demands of modern times and homes by producing Zero VOC and low-odor paints that are suitable for all spaces. When you peek through the Design*Sponge Sneak Peek home tours archives, there are a few trusted resources that show up time after time — one of the most frequent being gorgeous Farrow & Ball painted rooms.
Their edited palette of 132 colors (and the stories behind each one) showcases enduringly popular neutrals like “Pointing” and “Wimborne White,” bold statement hues such as “Charlotte’s Locks” or “Hague Blue,” and everything in between. We have more than a few copies of their color cards, which come with an Inspiration Booklet that shows their colors at work in homes. (You can get your own here.) There’s just something so compelling about the history of each and every color combined with the longstanding bespoke quality of the Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers created in a distinctly British tradition.
Back in 2014, we had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball. Charlotte has the unique duty of accessing some of history’s most beautiful colors and repurposing them for modern use. Since its establishment in Dorset in 1946, Farrow & Ball has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top purveyors of historically-derived paint colors and patterns; their swatch book is the basis for numerous historic home and interior restorations around the globe.
See the new colors in the slideshow above. There is an addition neutral not shown (Drop Cloth No.283) which can be seen on the Farrow & Ball website. —Caitlin
P.S. Farrow & Ball’s wallpapers are handcrafted using their own paints and traditional printing methods. You can see their printing process in action in our 10 Second Studio tour here.