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2022 Farrow & Ball Color Trends

2022: Farrow & Ball's Color Trend Predictions

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What colors will define the year 2022? Joa Studholme, who has over 20 years experience consulting on colors for Farrow & Ball, seems to think that moving away from neutrals is the trending move. The collection features primary colors that will be making a comeback in many homes.

“There is something inherently human in the colours that we are attracted to for 2022, as well as in the way we use them,” says Joa, “Décor is moving forward while drawing inspiration from the modest character of the world of folk and craft, using five significant shades that extol the virtues of a simple life and can be used in any combination and in any room.

They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today.”

Babouche No.223

A cheerful yellow.

Babouche takes its exotic name from the distinctive colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco. It has a cheerful brightness that will intensify when used in large areas, but it is always dignified and never garish.

Joa says, “Rooms that feature Babouche appear to be full of sunshine, especially when combined with understated School House White. The palette itself has a simple, folksy feel, but its use across the walls, bath panel and floor creates an overall look that is incredibly striking.”

School House White No.291

A soft off white.

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.

“There is something so familiar and comforting about a painted floor – this chequerboard pattern in Stone Blue and School House White Modern Eggshell instantly transports you to the past," Joa mentions.

"The nostalgic feel continues with Breakfast Room Green (in washable Modern Emulsion) on the lower walls and School House White (in the flatter Estate Emulsion) on the upper walls and ceiling.

This age-old form of decorating introduces colour just below eye level to retain a light and airy atmosphere above, while also providing durability.”

Breakfast Room Green No.81

A cheerful green.

Breakfast Room Green is the most cheerful of all our greens, remaining lively in both bright sunlight or softer candlelight. Named after the usually east facing rooms designed for eating the first meal of the day, it is particularly beautiful in the dawn light.

Using one colour on both walls and woodwork, such as lively Breakfast Room Green, can make a room look bigger by disguising the limits of the space.

Stone Blue No.86

A lively blue.

This warm and timeless blue is named after the indigo pigment which was often imported in lumps in the 18th century. Stone Blue’s lively and saturated colour can be used alongside warmer tones such as Pelt to create an inviting vintage look, or the cooler Mole's Breath for a cleaner, more contemporary feel. When contrasted with Dimpse woodwork, however, it feels both distinguished and familiar.

School House White is pared back, timeless and familiar but has a subtle sophistication that makes it the perfect foil for stronger hues like the lively tones of Stone Blue, used here on the door in Full Gloss.

The traditional values of Full Gloss are perfect for use in the home in 2022 and can be introduced sparingly and in surprising ways (perhaps on a door or a kitchen unit) to add a modern feel with a suitably vintage flavour.

Incarnadine No.248

A classic crimson.

Our richest crimson originally takes its name from Latin, but is now a much used term for crimsons and reds. Similar to the deep glossy red used by David Hicks at Barons Court in the 1970s, Incarnadine is unashamedly classic and glamorous. It can be used to sumptuous effect in halls when offset with Tanner’s Brown on woodwork, or feel more edgy and graphic when paired with a bright white.

Headboard shapes are painted in School House White directly onto the Breakfast Room Green walls, while bold stripes have been introduced on the ceiling in rich, clean Incarnadine.

"Perhaps most cleverly, the ceiling stripes have been brought down onto the walls a short way, which creates an intimate tent-like feel and softens the join between wall and ceiling.”

— Farrow & Ball

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