Last week Farrow & Ball introduced new colors into their already amazing lineup. See the nine new arrivals below:
Personally I like their new neutral additions better than the new bright colors, but my mantra is that you can’t go wrong with Farrow & Ball, so I am sure they are great. I am a big time paint snob and Farrow & Ball is my paint of choice. It contains more pigment than the US paints, which gives the paint a noticeable depth. The additional pigment also has the effect of making the paint seem more interactive with the items in the room. I have used Farrow & Ball paint in a large open space where the room transition was simply an extruding corner – and switching colors on that transitioning corner line was fascinating. It did not create the “hard page break” effect that one would anticipate. The highly pigmented colors interact in a way that makes the eye even miss the color transition. Very very cool. It is bizarre and amazing all at once, even if you look for the transition. People look good against walls painted in Farrow & Ball. Really, trust me on this. Different types of light and different times of day change the color of the room in interesting ways. You could use the same color in two different rooms and it might feel like two entirely different colors – just because of the interaction of light and pigment. Just ask somebody who has used the paint in their home. The US paint brands add plastics to their formula to float that lesser amount of pigment to the top strata. Thus the “flat” color effect when compared to the depth of Farrow & Ball. So what I’m saying is…. don’t even think about trying to copy these colors in a cheaper brand of paint because there will be no comparison.
Best Glossy Walls Ever
For you high gloss paint fans, Farrow & Ball is absolutely magical for achieving glossy brilliance. The photo above shows about the 1/2 way point through the many coats that it took to achieve the stunning result. Note- if you want to do this finish, do it right and hire a professional painter who is specifically skilled for this. Super smooth walls are required – any seams or wall imperfections will become increasingly pronounced with this finish. This paint job requires a patient painter, spraying rather than brushing, and sanding in between coats. If you are anywhere near Dallas I can recommend a great painter (and he could maybe be talked into traveling for a job). Anyway, these mahogany walls turned out just shy of a mirror like sheen, with gorgeous undertones of purple and red (that was most obvious looking at the paint in the can). Photographs do not even do the end result justice; it is magical, which is consistent with my positive Farrow & Ball experiences. It is more expensive than regular paint, but you don’t end up using as much. It is well worth it.
Back to the PIGMENT for a quick second:
The process begins with specifically matched undercoats for each paint color. *Important to explain this to clients so they don’t freak out if they see a color (of undercoat) that looks wildly different from what they are expecting. The color building is truly magical that takes place between undercoat and actual paint color. Farrow & Ball artistry.
Most people are intimidated by color. I adore color and love to work with it. My advice: if you want to explore new colors on your walls, order this paint swatch kit, which is a brilliant wall saving kit, so you can sample colors without actually painting your walls and forcing the commitment to paint. These big stick on wall swatches are removable, wall safe and disposable. You do NOT want to sample paint via poster board or the side of a cardboard box. Peeve! The color will get absorbed and the sample will look nothing like the real color. If you are going to do it, do it right. Farrow & Ball sells tiny little “sample pots”, an easy way to test drive multiple colors. If you have questions, feel free to email me. I was not compensated in any way for this post, I simply adore the paint.