The day has finally arrived that I’ve been waiting oh-so patiently for… Farrow & Ball have finally announced their nine key colours for 2018 and so far, I’m impressed. In fact, I can see myself incorporating some of these new colours in my interior projects almost immediately!
So, what are the new colours and how can we incorporate them into our decor schemes? Well, read on to find out what I think of them, how I think they’ll work with other colours in the Farrow & Ball range and, of course, which are my personal favourites…
School House White No. 291
Described by Farrow & Ball as a ‘soft off white’, School House White is as it describes on the tin; the colour of old schoolhouses. This pared back, timeless hue is the lightest in the colour group which also includes old favourite neutrals Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth.
Would contrast well with a dark, teal blue such as Inchyra Blue, or a deep, rusty hue such as Incarnadine Red. Alternatively, pair with its sibling colours above for a classic, gentle backdrop of easy-to-live-with neutrals.
Treron No. 292
This is a gorgeously calming, deep grey-green that is both traditional and modern, therefore would work well in either setting. I think it will become popular on kitchen islands, front doors and interior wood paneling, as a greener alternative to Pigeon and a darker choice than the old time classic French Gray.
Use it alongside a pale pink such as Pink Ground, or pair with Lime White for a fresh contrast.
Jitney No. 293
Named after the bus that takes New Yorkers out to the sandy beaches of the Hamptons, Jitney is a soft, earthy colour that pairs beautifully with greens. Lighter than Oxford Stone, it has a lovely pinkish hint to it that is incredibly relaxing on the eye.
Team it with Green Smoke as seen below or for a richer scheme, try it alongside a deep plummy colour such as Brinjal. Ideal in period homes in particular.
Paean Black No. 294
This is a more unusual shade, as it’s a black with a hint of red in it, as opposed to the more recently popular blue and green-tinged blacks, such as Railings and Downpipe. Paean Black is a Georgian inspired colour that goes well with any of the red paints, but would be a warmer alternative in a monochrome scheme along with a creamy white, such as Wimborne.
Try it in shiny gloss on a front door for an inviting, yet chic, entranceway.
Sulking Room Pink No. 295
Described by Farrow & Ball as a ‘romantic and muted rose’, this gorgeous greyish pink is definitely going to be a hit! It’s perfect offset with deep, moody blues, such as Railings or Inchyra, or lift it to another level with a punchy blue-green.
Reminiscent of a colour seen in Parisien boudoirs, Sulking Room Pink acquired its name from the French term ‘bouder’ (to sulk). For a modern scheme, team it with cool concrete greys and a dose of gold metallic as seen below, to warm things up.
Rangwali No. 296
Another pink in the new collection of colours is Rangwali, a vibrant hot pink which is the perfect partner to the ever-popular Downpipe. Taking its name from Indian origins, it is described as an ‘exotic and adventurous pink’ which I think is fairly accurate!
Use Rangwali as much or as little as you dare – it will always make an impression. It would be a fun colour for using on painted chairs or stools, particularly sitting well against black or as a pop of colour in a more neutral room.
Preference Red No. 297
The only red in this year’s new colours, Preference Red is a Baroque colour and the deepest, richest red yet in the Farrow & Ball palette. Its depth means it can be successfully paired with a strong blue such as Hague Blue, or try it alongside pink-tinted Skimming Stone on woodwork.
Bancha No. 298
A mid century modern green, Bancha is a strong colour, yet with a calming feel to it. Its olive-y green-ness would be fantastic alongside dusky pinks or grey-blues, however I really like how it looks below as the backdrop to natural pale woods and a Scandi aesthetic.
Bancha is a really contemporary green which will sit well in a Scandi / mid century setting, but would also look amazing with black accents, whether it’s a set of dining chairs or framed monochrome prints.
De Nimes No. 299
Named after the French city that gave us denim workwear, De Nimes is the only blue in this year’s new palette of colours, however what a lovely blue it is! Like a pair of denim jeans, it’s a very down to earth, easy colour, that could be used almost anywhere in the home, from a living room wall to bathroom panelling.
Pair with fresh white for a modern, coastal feel, or with a dark paint, such as Railings or Downpipe, for a moodier ambience. Also lovely with reddish-pinks, it’s a gorgeous colour that I think will become one of Farrow & Ball’s classics.
So there you have it! Farrow & Ball’s nine new colours. I think my overall favourite is Sulking Room Pink with De Nimes coming in a close second… only problem now is, I need an opportunity to try one of these shades out!!
Which is your fave colour?