THE STORY BE­HIND… Far­row & Ball’s new shades

Beau­ti­fy­ing homes the world over, the fa­mous paint range now in­cludes nine ex­cit­ing ad­di­tions. Here, F&B’s Char­lotte Cosby ad­vises on how to use them

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With quirky names, such as Dead Salmon and Ele­phant’s Breath, F&B paints have be­come global bestsellers. Sound eco cre­den­tials – thanks to its pol­icy of es­chew­ing plas­tics, acrylics and oils – mean the ethos of the com­pany, which sprang from hum­ble Dorset be­gin­nings in 1946, is per­fectly in line with mod­ern think­ing.

Though its clas­sic range of 132 colours is firmly es­tab­lished, a set of nine ad­di­tional shades has just been re­leased. ‘Each new colour was de­vel­oped to ad­dress a gap we saw in our cur­rent range, so they can fit seam­lessly into your ex­ist­ing scheme or cre­ate a whole new one,’ says Char­lotte Cosby, F&B’s head of cre­ative for the past nine years.

To up­date an ex­ist­ing scheme, Char­lotte sug­gests re-colour­ing a piece of fur­ni­ture, alcove or cup­board in­te­rior. ‘In a neu­tral scheme, try De Nimes for a hip but el­e­gant look; or for some­thing more dra­matic, use deep, rich Pref­er­ence Red or bo­hemian Paean Black. Paint­ing your front door will give your whole home an up­lift. Rang­wali is a friendly, pos­i­tive colour that should make you and your guests smile!’

Ac­cord­ing to Char­lotte, the deep­est colours, Paean Black and Pref­er­ence Red, work won­der­fully in dark rooms es­pe­cially din­ing rooms and liv­ing rooms, where they’ll add a bit of drama, as well as cre­at­ing a co­coon­ing and rest­ful ef­fect in bed­rooms.

‘School House White is the per­fect can­vas for any room as it soft­ens all spa­ces and works with most other colours,’ says Char­lotte, ‘while Sulk­ing Room Pink can be used as a neu­tral and sits fan­tas­ti­cally just about any­where – my favourite would be a kitchen with Sulk­ing Room Pink on the walls and Rail­ings cab­i­netry!’ The new colours also bring a fresh di­men­sion to the clas­sic range. ‘Paean Black is our new black for team­ing with reds – great for paint­ing trim or floor­ing in a room with red walls,’ says Char­lotte. ‘Treron was de­signed as the darker ac­cent for French Gray, some­thing that cus­tomers have been re­quest­ing for years.’ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit far­row-ball.com

CLOCK­WISE, FROM FAR LEFT Char­lotte gets to work on fresh ideas; the new colours in situ and on a paint chart; Treron, a soft green, looks so­phis­ti­cated in the kitchen; friendly, pos­i­tive Rang­wali is the per­fect foil to shades of grey; Jit­ney is sub­tle and spar­ing in a pe­riod-style room

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