Farrow & Ball Celebrates Their 70th Anniversary with New Colors

by Caitlin Kelch

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.

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New Color 1: Shadow White No. 282. For devotees of lighter neutrals on both walls and woodwork, this color is the perfect contrast to the slightly darker Shaded White.
Shadow White No. 282 paired with a milky grey.
Shadow White No. 282 in the background, paired with new color No. 289, Inchyra Blue.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Oakland, California Sneak Peek: Kate Lydon + Anton Willis.
New Color 2: Worsted No. 284. For fans of Farrow & Ball's Easy Greys, Worsted is a balance in between the stronger color of Purbeck Stone and the darker color, Mole’s Breath.
Worsted No. 284 creates a sense of calm in this large, storied space.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Jason Gnewikow and Jeff Madalena's Catskills bedroom.
New Color 3: Inchyra Blue No. 289. This aged blue grey was first used at the classic Georgian Inchyra House to work with moody Scottish skies.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Joshua and Jodie Steen's Brooklyn home, where the dark grey perfectly complements their vintage finds.
New Color 4: Salon Drab No. 290 (rear wall). This classic 19th-century warm drab works as a dark hue with both the yellow and red-based neutrals.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from the Toronto home of Kate Lydon + Anton Willis, where a dark brown wall surrounds a bedside display of favorite things.
New Color 5: Cromarty No. 285. This color is inspired by sea mist and brings a softness to any room.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Megan Price’s home, where a bold aubergine mantel is softened by the misty, light-green grey.
New Color 6: Peignoir No. 286. The grey pink, shown here on the door, has a romantic feel - inspired by the chiffon gowns that ladies wore as they brushed their hair in boudoirs.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Molly and Robert Josiah Bingaman’s home.
New Color 7: Vardo No. 288. This rich teal, which works well with reds or dark greys, was inspired by the decoration of Romany wagons (vardos).
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Teal serves as a focal point in Dorothée Monestier’s dining room in a suburb of Paris. The kitchen paint is a Farrow & Ball neutral.
New Color 8: Yeabridge Green No. 287. This clean, fresh green was discovered in the kitchen of a Georgian farmhouse in Somerset, when the original gun cupboard was removed. Vardo No. 288 is seen in the adjacent room.
A monochromatic look at Yeabridge Green No. 287.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from Kristin and Michael DeKay’s home in the Morton Meadows neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska.
From the Design*Sponge Archives: Real life inspiration from worn green furniture in the Fort Greene, Brooklyn home of Zoe Van de Wiele.

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