Based at Farrow & Ball showrooms and select locations across Europe and North America, our expert Colour Consultants are here to help you approach colour with confidence and see your favourite spaces in a whole new light, all in the comfort of your own home. We asked a few of our Consultants to offer a little insight into how they work, what they love about colour consultancy, and how they’re currently using our paint and wallpaper to bring homes to life.

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Flick Smith

Flick has worked with Farrow & Ball for the past nine years, and was on board with the colour consultancy service when it first began.

Her passion for colour started when her father painted their living room a colour akin to Charlotte’s Locks back in the 1970s. Flick attended Chelsea School of Art and St Martins School of Art, and worked for many years as a Graphic Designer and Book Designer before retraining as an Interior Designer. However, her passion always remained with the colour elements of interiors, and so taking on the role of Colour Consultant felt like destiny!


Flick's Suggested Scheme
BAMBOO

BP 2161

Flick's Suggested Scheme
BAMBOO

BP 2161

Five questions with Flick

 

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

I enjoy the fact that each home and each client is different. The most difficult jobs are the building sites, but they’re also the most rewarding as the client is often overwhelmed and daunted by the task ahead. It feels great to come in and take all the stress away, I can visibly see the clients’ spirits lift!

2. How do you approach each brief?

I approach each brief with a totally open mind. It’s important in those first few minutes of meeting to find out what the client is trying to achieve and to read their taste, by the style of their home or dress, or both. I always try to introduce an idea that they wouldn’t have contemplated themselves, one that will delight and inspire them and make their scheme unique!

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

A consultancy for a fabulous couple in Gerrards Cross who were not afraid of colour. Throughout the house we used lovely warm greys Worsted and Mole's Breath, rich Studio Green, black-brown Tanner's Brown, and Railings, an off-black with a blue undertone. These were used on all walls and woodwork. The result was a warm, cocooning home which set off the couple’s artwork. Each room felt rich and inviting.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

A fresh, calm bedroom taking inspiration from the celadon green glazes of Japanese ceramics. Teresa’s Green enhances summer light, and applying it on walls in Estate Emulsion, woodwork in Estate Eggshell, and doors and bedside tables in Full Gloss adds additional interest. I would then use Cabbage White on the ceiling, and a large square of Bamboo wallpaper placed behind the bed to create a bedhead, adding a pop of glorious colour and continuing the theme.

5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

I’m seeing a real move away from greys and neutrals to colour, which is nice because it makes our job even more fun! Also, the use of darker or coloured woodwork, which can make a scheme look very elegant.


Jill Hazelgrove

After graduating from Chelsea School of Art, Jill worked in architectural practices in London and Brighton delivering custom-designed spaces to clients. This enabled Jill to develop her knowledge and understanding of the crucial effect colour, finish and light can have within a room, as well as the ability to combine all of these elements to create a successful decorating scheme.

As a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant, Jill enjoys the opportunity to guide the customer through the organic process of creating a home that reflects their personality and lifestyle, while remaining sensitive to the age and character of the property.


JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

Five questions with Jill



1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

That’s a difficult choice! I love having the opportunity to use colour every day, finding unexpected and creative combinations that will enhance a room and everything in it, but more generally, finding the perfect solution to something that a client finds challenging about their home is really rewarding.


2. How do you approach each brief?

Getting a sense of what someone is looking to achieve within their home is the most important first step in any consultation, so we’ll chat about style preferences, likes, dislikes, and any features or furnishings that are already part of the space. It’s a great way for me to get a sense of a client’s vision for their home.

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

My favourite project so far has been a consultation on a large glazed open-plan extension. It was a modern, multifunctional space that needed colour to add structure and personality to its different areas, while still allow them to feel like parts of a cohesive whole. I really enjoyed using colour in a confined but purposeful way, and finding a palette that echoed the space’s woodland surroundings.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

This scheme would work well as either a dining room or family living space. Skylight becomes more vibrant with the sunlight, so during the day it would be lively and cheerful, and at night it mellows to a cool, calm blue. Adding Lamp Room Gray on woodwork creates a grounded and contemporary feel, while a ceiling painted in Dimpse, the palest blue grey, would help to blur the junction between walls and ceiling.


5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

I’m seeing a lot of willingness to use richer, bolder colours with intention – colour-blocking is proving especially popular. A few of my favourite ways to do this are to paint to two thirds the height of the room, or paint a runner up a staircase in an otherwise neutral space.


Scott Silcox

A native of Vancouver with over two decades as a Londoner, Scott's career has been one that spans several areas of visual and spatial design.

As an agent and production manager in fashion and interiors photography, before crossing over to garden design, Scott's approach to colour is rooted in simplicity, and a careful balance between the practical and inspirational. After nearly seven years with Farrow & Ball, this has been central to his success as a Colour Consultant.


Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Five questions with Scott

 

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

The moment when you see the path open up, and the direction we need to take with the colour palette becomes apparent. 


2. How do you approach each brief?

With an open mind, and a large flat white!


3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

Always the project I am working on – I think our clients need that.


4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

I love to cook, and find that using soothing off-tones like these ones in a kitchen helps to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere. In this scheme above, proposed for a kitchen in an Edwardian house, Hardwick White cabinets and Strong White walls are given depth and dimension with a freestanding larder in Off-Black.

5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

Bigger, bolder expressions of single colours across different finishes within the same room. I’m also seeing a real surge in interest for our wallpaper. Perhaps it's because they shoot so beautifully, and social media needs that, but the reality of them is even better.


Julie Beddow

Julie joined Farrow & Ball three years ago, originally working from the Manchester showroom.

With a background in branding, working alongside creative designers, Julie has always had a passion for translating ideas into reality. Working as a Colour Consultant allows Julie to do this every day in her clients’ homes.


Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Five questions with Julie

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

Helping my customers. Decorating your home is a big investment, not just financially, but in terms of time and effort. There’s a lot that needs to be considered, but I can take a fresh approach to a room and share different options for my customer to consider.

2. How do you approach each brief?

By listening and questioning. We all have different styles, we all see colours slightly differently, and it’s very important that I don’t impose my style on someone else’s home. Their vision for their home is at the core of every decision, and by listening and questioning, I’m able to translate that vision into a scheme they’ll love.

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

My favourite project was a consultation for a lady who had been in the process of transforming her home for 12 months, and who was understandably suffering from decision fatigue. Taking inspiration from the feeling she wanted to create in each space, we worked together to develop a scheme that flowed through the property and fulfilled everything she wanted from her home. She was thrilled with the finished result, which is always a wonderful feeling.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

I designed this scheme with a bedroom or study in mind, so I wanted to bring in the calming influence of our Hornbeam BP 5003 wallpaper in Pigeon, Mizzle and silver. Life can be so hectic and fast-paced, and this scheme creates an oasis of calm that you can escape to when you just want to de-stress and take time for yourself. Mizzle, named after the West Country dialect word for a combination of mist and drizzle, could be used on the ceiling, with James White, a white with the merest hint of green, on woodwork and coving to continue the theme of tranquillity.


5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

The use of wallpaper! Our new metallics range has really captured the imagination of our customers – it adds a whole new dimension and texture to their homes. Many of them are also printed with our new colours, which were introduced in September 2018. Quite simply, they are fabulous.

Based at Farrow & Ball showrooms and select locations across Europe and North America, our expert Colour Consultants are here to help you approach colour with confidence and see your favourite spaces in a whole new light, all in the comfort of your own home. We asked a few of our Consultants to offer a little insight into how they work, what they love about colour consultancy, and how they’re currently using our paint and wallpaper to bring homes to life.

Book Your Consultancy


Flick Smith

Flick has worked with Farrow & Ball for the past nine years, and was on board with the colour consultancy service when it first began.

Her passion for colour started when her father painted their living room a colour akin to Charlotte’s Locks back in the 1970s. Flick attended Chelsea School of Art and St Martins School of Art, and worked for many years as a Graphic Designer and Book Designer before retraining as an Interior Designer. However, her passion always remained with the colour elements of interiors, and so taking on the role of Colour Consultant felt like destiny!


Flick's Suggested Scheme
BAMBOO

BP 2161


Flick's Suggested Scheme
BAMBOO

BP 2161

Five questions with Flick

 

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

I enjoy the fact that each home and each client is different. The most difficult jobs are the building sites, but they’re also the most rewarding as the client is often overwhelmed and daunted by the task ahead. It feels great to come in and take all the stress away, I can visibly see the clients’ spirits lift!

2. How do you approach each brief?

I approach each brief with a totally open mind. It’s important in those first few minutes of meeting to find out what the client is trying to achieve and to read their taste, by the style of their home or dress, or both. I always try to introduce an idea that they wouldn’t have contemplated themselves, one that will delight and inspire them and make their scheme unique!

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

A consultancy for a fabulous couple in Gerrards Cross who were not afraid of colour. Throughout the house we used lovely warm greys Worsted and Mole's Breath, rich Studio Green, black-brown Tanner's Brown, and Railings, an off-black with a blue undertone. These were used on all walls and woodwork. The result was a warm, cocooning home which set off the couple’s artwork. Each room felt rich and inviting.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

A fresh, calm bedroom taking inspiration from the celadon green glazes of Japanese ceramics. Teresa’s Green enhances summer light, and applying it on walls in Estate Emulsion, woodwork in Estate Eggshell, and doors and bedside tables in Full Gloss adds additional interest. I would then use Cabbage White on the ceiling, and a large square of Bamboo wallpaper placed behind the bed to create a bedhead, adding a pop of glorious colour and continuing the theme.

5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

I’m seeing a real move away from greys and neutrals to colour, which is nice because it makes our job even more fun! Also, the use of darker or coloured woodwork, which can make a scheme look very elegant.


Jill Hazelgrove

After graduating from Chelsea School of Art, Jill worked in architectural practices in London and Brighton delivering custom-designed spaces to clients. This enabled Jill to develop her knowledge and understanding of the crucial effect colour, finish and light can have within a room, as well as the ability to combine all of these elements to create a successful decorating scheme.

As a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant, Jill enjoys the opportunity to guide the customer through the organic process of creating a home that reflects their personality and lifestyle, while remaining sensitive to the age and character of the property.


JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277


JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

Five questions with Jill



1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

That’s a difficult choice! I love having the opportunity to use colour every day, finding unexpected and creative combinations that will enhance a room and everything in it, but more generally, finding the perfect solution to something that a client finds challenging about their home is really rewarding.


2. How do you approach each brief?

Getting a sense of what someone is looking to achieve within their home is the most important first step in any consultation, so we’ll chat about style preferences, likes, dislikes, and any features or furnishings that are already part of the space. It’s a great way for me to get a sense of a client’s vision for their home.

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

My favourite project so far has been a consultation on a large glazed open-plan extension. It was a modern, multifunctional space that needed colour to add structure and personality to its different areas, while still allow them to feel like parts of a cohesive whole. I really enjoyed using colour in a confined but purposeful way, and finding a palette that echoed the space’s woodland surroundings.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

This scheme would work well as either a dining room or family living space. Skylight becomes more vibrant with the sunlight, so during the day it would be lively and cheerful, and at night it mellows to a cool, calm blue. Adding Lamp Room Gray on woodwork creates a grounded and contemporary feel, while a ceiling painted in Dimpse, the palest blue grey, would help to blur the junction between walls and ceiling.


5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

I’m seeing a lot of willingness to use richer, bolder colours with intention – colour-blocking is proving especially popular. A few of my favourite ways to do this are to paint to two thirds the height of the room, or paint a runner up a staircase in an otherwise neutral space.


Scott Silcox

A native of Vancouver with over two decades as a Londoner, Scott's career has been one that spans several areas of visual and spatial design.

As an agent and production manager in fashion and interiors photography, before crossing over to garden design, Scott's approach to colour is rooted in simplicity, and a careful balance between the practical and inspirational. After nearly seven years with Farrow & Ball, this has been central to his success as a Colour Consultant.


Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57


Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Five questions with Scott

 

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

The moment when you see the path open up, and the direction we need to take with the colour palette becomes apparent. 


2. How do you approach each brief?

With an open mind, and a large flat white!


3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

Always the project I am working on – I think our clients need that.


4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

I love to cook, and find that using soothing off-tones like these ones in a kitchen helps to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere. In this scheme above, proposed for a kitchen in an Edwardian house, Hardwick White cabinets and Strong White walls are given depth and dimension with a freestanding larder in Off-Black.

5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

Bigger, bolder expressions of single colours across different finishes within the same room. I’m also seeing a real surge in interest for our wallpaper. Perhaps it's because they shoot so beautifully, and social media needs that, but the reality of them is even better.


Julie Beddow

Julie joined Farrow & Ball three years ago, originally working from the Manchester showroom.

With a background in branding, working alongside creative designers, Julie has always had a passion for translating ideas into reality. Working as a Colour Consultant allows Julie to do this every day in her clients’ homes.


Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010


Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Five questions with Julie

1. What do you enjoy most about being a Colour Consultant?

Helping my customers. Decorating your home is a big investment, not just financially, but in terms of time and effort. There’s a lot that needs to be considered, but I can take a fresh approach to a room and share different options for my customer to consider.

2. How do you approach each brief?

By listening and questioning. We all have different styles, we all see colours slightly differently, and it’s very important that I don’t impose my style on someone else’s home. Their vision for their home is at the core of every decision, and by listening and questioning, I’m able to translate that vision into a scheme they’ll love.

3. What has been your favourite project so far and why?

My favourite project was a consultation for a lady who had been in the process of transforming her home for 12 months, and who was understandably suffering from decision fatigue. Taking inspiration from the feeling she wanted to create in each space, we worked together to develop a scheme that flowed through the property and fulfilled everything she wanted from her home. She was thrilled with the finished result, which is always a wonderful feeling.

4. Why have you chosen the colours in your scheme? Where in the home would you imagine it being used?

I designed this scheme with a bedroom or study in mind, so I wanted to bring in the calming influence of our Hornbeam BP 5003 wallpaper in Pigeon, Mizzle and silver. Life can be so hectic and fast-paced, and this scheme creates an oasis of calm that you can escape to when you just want to de-stress and take time for yourself. Mizzle, named after the West Country dialect word for a combination of mist and drizzle, could be used on the ceiling, with James White, a white with the merest hint of green, on woodwork and coving to continue the theme of tranquillity.


5. What trends are you currently seeing in your clients’ homes?

The use of wallpaper! Our new metallics range has really captured the imagination of our customers – it adds a whole new dimension and texture to their homes. Many of them are also printed with our new colours, which were introduced in September 2018. Quite simply, they are fabulous.

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