ISSUE 90  |  London Design 2013

New Farrow & Ball Colors Inspired by the Dorset Coast

September 19, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

When Farrow & Ball says they’re releasing nine new paint colors, what else is there to do but get out the sander and a roll of blue tape? Walls and furniture beware, it might be time for an update.

The recently released colors are a combination of four neutrals, two darker shades and three brights (brights like Nancy’s Blushes, a color named after a “mystery Nancy”). Most of the colors draw inspiration from the Dorset coastline: fossils, mud, and words from old dialects of the region. The colors themselves are as convincing as their names: who can pass up a shade called Mole’s Breath? Especially when that color is the richest of grays; a color the Dutch masters would have fought over. Here we showcase five of our favorites, see the others: Nancy’s Blushes, Dimpse, St. Giles Blue, and Purbeck Stone at Farrow & Ball.

Above: Ammonite No. 274 is a color reminiscent of fossils found along the Dorset coast

Above: Porcelain spoons dipped in the new paint shades.

Above: Stiffkey Blue No. 281 is inspired by the colorful mud at Stiffkey beach in Norfolk.

Above: On the wall is a versatile white, Wevet No. 273, named after the old Dorset term for a spider’s web.

Above: Mole’s Breath No. 276 is linked to its cousin, Farrow & Ball’s popular Elephant’s Breath, but in the darker shade of a mole’s coat.

Above: Yellowcake No. 279 is a revivalist paint color, a yellow much like the one used in kitchens of the 1960s.

Embarking on a new paint project? Get inspired with our Palette & Paints section, then learn the down and dirty tricks in Expert Advice: 12 Essential Tips for the Perfect Paint Job.