The colour of home

Far­row & Ball Colour Consultant Julie Bed­dow re­veals the secret of the com­pany’s suc­cess and what trends we can ex­pect to see in a Cheshire home near you

Cheshire Life - - At Home - If you’re in­ter­ested in en­list­ing Julie’s help, you can make a booking en­quiry on­line at far­ colour­con­sul­tancy, or visit Far­row & Ball in Manchester and Wilm­slow

Can you tell us a lit­tle about how the process works?

My role as a Colour Consultant in­volves vis­it­ing the client in their own space and guid­ing them through the process of cre­at­ing a home they love, one that re­flects their in­di­vid­ual personalit­y while also meet­ing the needs of their life­style and their prop­erty.

It’s a very per­sonal ser­vice from start to fin­ish. There’s lots to con­sider: the di­rec­tion of the light, any ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures and fin­ishes or fur­nish­ings. We fin­ish the ses­sion by con­struct­ing a pal­ette to­gether that works with all of these el­e­ments.

Why do home­own­ers choose to use your ser­vice?

It re­ally helps to re­duce the stress of re­dec­o­ra­tion! Con­sul­tants are well-versed in tak­ing ev­ery element of a space into ac­count, com­bin­ing any prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions with your own ideas, and help­ing you con­fi­dently come to a de­ci­sion that you’ll be gen­uinely de­lighted with.

Tell us about a re­cent project. I re­cently vis­ited a cou­ple who were com­ing to the end of their barn con­ver­sion project and had ar­rived at the stage of choos­ing colours. They were so ex­hausted from end­less de­ci­sion-mak­ing that what should have been an en­joy­able part of trans­form­ing their home was in­stead prov­ing im­mensely dif­fi­cult. Dur­ing their con­sul­tancy, I asked them to walk me through each room and tell me what feel­ing they wanted to cre­ate, when it would be used, and whether they could show me sam­ples of cab­i­netry, up­hol­stery or tiles. Armed with all of this, we soon put to­gether a scheme they loved, and see­ing their en­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment rise as we went through each room was so sat­is­fy­ing.

Far­row and Ball has built an iconic sta­tus as ‘the’ paint to use. Why do you think this is? Ever since Far­row & Ball was founded, in 1946, it’s stuck to its con­vic­tions. Even when cheaper acrylic paints with high lev­els of plas­tic were starting to be­come the norm, we chose to keep cre­at­ing paint with our orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tion of rich pig­ments, high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and ar­ti­sanal meth­ods, and in 2010 our paints be­came the first in the in­dus­try to be com­pletely wa­ter­based.

Of course, the fi­nal and most im­por­tant piece of the puz­zle is colour. I think we’re best known for our un­match­able colours – their beau­ti­ful depth, the way they shift un­der chang­ing light, our care­fully-cu­rated pal­ette – and our long-stand­ing ex­per­tise in cre­at­ing and com­bin­ing them. What colours will be ‘on trend’ for 2020?

For a few months now we’ve been see­ing a gen­eral shift to­wards brighter and bolder colours – beau­ti­ful jewel tones, deep blues and greens, exotic brights, sunny yel­lows. That’s not to say that neu­trals don’t still have their place, of course, but I think now that peo­ple are be­com­ing more con­fi­dent with colour as a whole, we’re set to keep fol­low­ing this tra­jec­tory for a lit­tle while. It’s very ex­cit­ing!

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