Sunday, September 29, 2019

Farrow & Ball paint colours

I was intrigued to read about the British premium house paint company, Farrow & Ball, in the March 18, 2019 issue of the New Yorker. You may be able to access the article here. The author finds amusement in the aspirational nature of the company's fans.

More recently, I was delighted to get my hands on one of their sample booklets of paint colours. While other paint companies offer many hundreds of tints and shades, Farrow & Ball offers a highly-curated 148.

The company claims that the elevated price of their product is due to its very rich pigmentation, and that its depth of colour is incomparable. Should one have difficulty in deciding on just the right colour for one's breakfast room, a consultant is available for $320 an hour.

The names of the various paint colours are often fanciful, and some names imply a certain status. Here are some sample names and their descriptions from a current F & B brochure:

Blazer - a bright red that is named after the colour of the sports blazers worn at St. John's College, Cambridge.

Wevet - a delicate white with a translucent, gossamer feel, this colour is named after the old Dorset term for a spider's web.

Babouche - This cheerful yellow takes its exotic name from the distinctive colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco.

Paean Black - This Georgian inspired red based black is a nod to the colour of old leather hymnals which so often included a song of praise or paean.

Dimpse - This cool grey is named after the quaint West Country dialect for the colour of twilight.

Plummett - A strong grey, named after the lead used by fishermen to weight their lines.

Rectory Red - This sophisticated red is named after the thousands of charming village houses built over the years for the clergy.

If you share my fascination with colour, check out the Farrow & Ball company website for inspiring suggestions of colour pairings, etc.

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