Behind the Color: Peignoir
It’s safe to say Farrow & Ball has a bit of a thing for naming colors after garments (Pantalon and Chemise, anyone?) But for sheer glamour, nothing tops Peignoir.
This complex color takes its name from a gown, usually layered over undergarments or nightwear, that was specifically worn while brushing the hair. As with De Nimes, Peignoir’s fellow Gallic-inspired shade, the clue to its origin is in its name – the verb peigner means ‘to comb’. Because peignoirs would often be made of a sheer, gauzy fabric such as chiffon, a color that shared their name had to be equally delicate and ephemeral. Personally, we think the color experts hit the nail on the head with this dainty yet grown-up pink with a hint of grey.
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How to use Peignoir
Peignoir’s gentle appearance makes it a wonderful option for children’s rooms. Rather than a bright white, pair Peignoir walls with gently tinted neutrals such as Wevet and Great White to keep the overall effect soft.
A generous dose of grey means that Peignoir looks just as at home in grown-up rooms too. Try it on bathroom walls in Farrow & Ball's super-tough and washable Modern Emulsion finish. If you’re lucky enough to have a paintable bath panel or tub, add a lick of Pelt in Modern Eggshell for a luxurious focal point.
For a bedroom, you can stick with stronger grounding tones as an accent to Peignoir walls, which will create a cozy effect. But consider lessening the contrast – we love this combination of warm Charleston Gray and Cinder Rose, which mirror Peignoir’s own pink and grey tones for a harmonious effect.
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