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To help you create an irresistibly cosy and inviting home this winter, we sat down with our International Colour Consultant Joa Studholme to discover her Christmas decorating tips.

Here Joa talks through each scheme, sharing her secrets on creating a festive setting with our timeless paint colours while achieving a fresh palette ready for the New Year.

Skirting painted in Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray No.242, Estate Eggshell


“This room is painted in classic Farrow & Ball neutrals and dressed with simple gold and silver accents, creating a modern festive spirit. By using just one colour on the walls and panelling there is a certain calmness, while stronger Pavilion Gray on the skirting serves to ground the room and give a contemporary twist. The decorations take their lead from the paint colours to ensure that the whole look is unified.”

Pavilion Gray


Wimborne White

Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue No.85, Estate Emulsion


“This room feels so very welcoming as its natural darkness has been embraced with the use of Oval Room Blue on the walls. The underlying grey in this colour gives it an unsurpassed softness - the perfect backdrop for a roaring fire and candle light. To complete this simple look, the decorations are totally natural and look as though they have been freshly foraged.”

Oval Room Blue


“Two modern day Christmas angels in the form of simple portraits watch over this tempting haul of presents. Striking Railings on the panelling creates the perfect backdrop for the paintings, alongside a kaleidoscope of gifts wrapped in Farrow & Ball wallpapers. When adding decorations to a dark dramatic space, be bold and opt for jewel-like tones which will really stand out and evoke the holiday spirit.”

Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Railings No.31, Estate Eggshell

Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Rectory Red No.217, Estate Emulsion


“Red has always been the colour of Christmas and traditional crimson dining rooms evoke childhood memories of happy yuletides past. This modern day twist uses Rectory Red on the walls to create an exciting feeling. Decorations in the same tone are kept to the bare minimum and, when combined with natural greens and simple whites, results in a perfectly harmonious look. The ideal room for a modern day Father Christmas to tuck into his mince pie.”

Rectory Red


“Why not bring the forest into your home over the festive season? This delightfully simple room painted in Wimborne White sets the perfect scene for lots of greenery. If you are tight on space, try forgoing the tree and create a woodland hideaway using a cluster of pots and ornaments. The addition of foliage in such a pared down room instantly changes its feel and conjures the festive spirit.”

Wimborne White
Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Wimborne White No.239, Estate Emulsion

Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Pink Ground No.202, Estate Emulsion


“This Pink Ground bedroom feels pretty and well established rather than overpoweringly sugary. This, the softest and most delicate of our pinks, is the perfect backdrop for pre-loved vintage furniture and quirky personal artefacts. As for festive decorations, all you have to add is a few equally delicate stars to create the most romantic of settings in which to wake up on Christmas morning.”

Pink Ground


“This staircase is just begging to be dressed with foliage to create a truly festive feel. The Arsenic panels on Lime White walls create a lively space, while the stair runner painted in Stiffkey Blue gives a modern twist. The Purbeck Stone bannisters are the perfect place on which to hang those Christmas stockings.”


Lime White

Stiffkey Blue

Purbeck Stone
Room Painted In Farrow & Ball Arsenic No.214, Modern Emulsion