Farrow & Ball have just announced their key shades for spring 2017 and it’s only fair to share. Radicchio and Studio Green are bold and dramatic – signaling a new readiness for us all to embrace darker colours and be braver in our paint choices. Hay and All White are more subtle and timeless – these two will never go out of fashion and are perfect for creating a soft and undemanding backdrop. No prizes for guessing which ones are my favourites.
Studio Green (yes, my favourite) is decidedly clubby and has a kind of old world charm. But once it is paired with white or cream, and used in conjunction with contemporary furniture it looks confident and modern. It’s a natural progression from the dark grey that seems to appear everywhere now (yes, my house too), but it creates a similarly cocooning effect. I like the effect here of moving from a dark to a bright room. The best of both worlds.
Studio Green, New White, Pointing
Radicchio is bold and optimistic and is a natural progression from the popular pinks of recent years. It feels exuberant, romantic and sensual – perfect for a dining room or bedroom. To keep it looking modern, pair it with greys as seen here. Notice there is no white in sight.
Radicchio, Mole’s Breath, Purbeck Stone
Hay is not a hot and sunny yellow. It’s much more subtle and understated, and will create an atmosphere of hushed calmness. F&B suggest combining it with harmonious Oval Room Blue but I might opt for a crisp white instead to create a less demanding on-the-eye colour palette.
Hay, Wimbourne White, Oval Room Blue
All White has no pigment at all and results in a room that is naturally fresh but not stark and ‘brilliant’. It’s best layered with other whites to prevent it looking dull and unimaginative. And of course it provides the perfect backdrop for art, furnishings and accessories.
All White, Strong White, Cabbage White
Always, always, order sample pots first. Paint onto pieces of card or paper (never the wall), and move the samples around the room at different times of the day, to really see the colour as it will appear.
In the Press this Week
Just a little Friday Footnote. I’m not usually one for blowing my own trumpet but this week has been a bit unusual. I’ve had not one, not two, but three mentions in the National Press, and where else would I document it but here? Okay, so the Independent article was two weeks ago but let’s not split hairs.
First, The Independent picked up an article I recently wrote for Bathrooms.com and ran with it. So if you are interested in “Why does every millennial seem to have a gold pineapple in their home?” you can read it here.
Then on Wednesday I was featured in a “Meet the Designer” article in the Metro. That one’s print only so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
And to round it all off, I was interviewed by Ideal Home magazine about my trend predictions and styles and you can read all about that here.
Have a good one folks!