4 Painting Tips from Farrow & Ball’s Color Experts

 Decorating + Renovation

(by Lindsey Mather,” 4 Painting Tips from Farrow & Ball’s Color Experts”. June 10,2016)

From ceilings to floors, this new book has you covered

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Iconic paint brand Farrow & Ball is certainly familiar with the agonizing process of finding the right color—it offers 132 hues to choose from—but the new book Farrow & Ball How to Decorate ($40, Octopus Books), written by the company’s head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, and in-house color guru, Joa Studholme, also tackles the next step: how to use the paint once you bring it home. What role does natural light play in a space? What is the best way to paint a feature wall, molding, floors, or ceilings? Which color combinations are guaranteed to elicit compliments from all who enter your house? Cosby and Studholme dig deep into these topics and many more, creating a thorough manual studded with vibrant photos showing Farrow & Ball paint colors in action. Here are four of our favorite genius tips from the book.

Here, flat Cinder Rose walls contrast with woodwork painted in full gloss Railings. “The full gloss bounces the light off the shutters and creates a traditional feel,” writes Studholme.

Use high-gloss paint on woodwork for extra dimension.

Here, flat Cinder Rose walls contrast with woodwork painted in full gloss Railings. “The full gloss bounces the light off the shutters and creates a traditional feel,” writes Studholme.
In the hallway of a Georgian home, Print Room Yellow (A) is the perfect warm but sophisticated hue. “Yellow enhances large spaces so beautifully and creates glorious rooms that are full of energy.”

Choose yellow to bring a room to life.

In the hallway of a Georgian home, Print Room Yellow (A) is the perfect warm but sophisticated hue. “Yellow enhances large spaces so beautifully and creates glorious rooms that are full of energy.”
“If [baseboards, doors, and windows] are all softened by a white that sits tonally with the color of the wall, you will notice them less and the room will feel bigger and calmer.” This soothing New York bath is painted fresh Middleton Pink with All White woodwork.

Find a “sympathetic white” for molding.

“If [baseboards, doors, and windows] are all softened by a white that sits tonally with the color of the wall, you will notice them less and the room will feel bigger and calmer.” This soothing New York bath is painted fresh Middleton Pink with All White woodwork.
Farrow & Ball is known for this specialist finish. “Limewash works by bonding itself to the underlying layer, becoming part of the building itself, often creating an aged, mottled finish,” writes Studholme.

Go traditional with Limewash.

Farrow & Ball is known for this specialist finish. “Limewash works by bonding itself to the underlying layer, becoming part of the building itself, often creating an aged, mottled finish,” writes Studholme.
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