Farrow & Ball Introduces Nine New Paint Colors

Treron Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Balls new paint colors 2018

This is the best time of the year for color enthusiasts — it’s when all the paint companies announce their Color of the Year and Color Trend palettes for the upcoming year and the grand finale in December when international color forecasting company Pantone announces their COTY.

It’s a bonus year — British paint company Farrow & Ball refreshes their palette every two to three years and recently added nine new colors to their palette of 132 paint colors. “New colors is an incredibly exciting time at Farrow & Ball, says Charlotte Cosby, co-creator of the new paint colors. “It’s not something we do often, making it feel all the more special.”

The new colors range from a soft off-white to a happy deep pink and, in usual Farrow & Ball fashion, there’s an interesting story behind each color name. Here we go…

Farrow & Ball’s Nine New Paint Colors


De Nimes #299 Farrow & Ball
This quietly elegant blue feels wonderfully down to earth, so could be used on anything from a kitchen island to an airy drawing room. The exact shade is rooted in a regency palette but is inspired by the cloth of everyday workwear made in the French city Nimes. Like denim, its blue hue is ultimately fashionable and yet always feels grounded.



Sulking Room Pink Farrow & Ball
Not to be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth, its powdery feel makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. Sulking Room Pink is evocative of the colours so often used in boudoirs, a room named after the French ‘bouder’ – to sulk.



Bancha Farrow & Ball
This mid-century modern green is a darker version of the much loved archive colour, Olive. Perfect for those who want to embrace stronger colour in the home, its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene – especially when combined with soft pinks and browns. Named after Japanese tea leaves, Bancha, like a cup of green tea, provides a feeling of security.



Paen Black Farrow & Ball
This Georgian inspired red based black creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes, while adding a distinguished look to traditional exteriors. The perfect accent for all our reds and completing our range of blacks, Paean Black conjures up the shade of old leather hymnals and so is named after a song of praise.



Preference Red Farrow & Ball
The deepest and richest of our reds, this Baroque colour is named in honour of our original trade name, Preference Paints. It can be used with any of the Red Based Neutrals but is particularly striking when seen in combination with Paean Black and Sulking Room Pink. The preferred red of modern homes!



Jitney Farrow & Ball
This earthy colour sits somewhere between the more traditional Oxford Stone and greyer Elephant’s Breath. Though muted, it is incredibly uplifting and reminds us of lazy days by the sea – hence sharing its name with the bus that whisks New Yorkers out of the hot city to the similarly coloured sandy beaches of the Hamptons.



Treron Farrow & Ball
This enduring colour is a dark green version of Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Gray and our Traditional Neutrals.



Rangwali Farrow & Ball
This colour is exotic, happy and vital. The most adventurous of our pinks, Rangwali is incredibly friendly and takes its name from the powder which is thrown so enthusiastically during the Holi festival of colours in India. Though bright, it has an absorbing depth of colour which is achieved by adding a small dose of black pigment.



This is the lightest colour in the group including Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth – each created to look like white when used in deep shade. Pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups, this soft off white is reminiscent of the colour used in old school houses.


What do you think? Do any favorites pop out at you? I’m looking forward to seeing the new colors on Instagram and design blogs. Farrow & Ball Suggested Color Schemes are offered for each of the new colors on the Farrow & Ball website if you’re looking for color inspiration. “The collection is intelligently designed to ensure the colors you choose sit effortlessly alone or as a scheme as well as responding extraordinarily to light,” adds Charlotte.

With the introduction of nine new colors to the Farrow & Ball color card that means nine colors are retired. You can order any retired or archived Farrow & Ball paint color — the colors just don’t appear on the current color card.

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