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.



South East


Sara Lake - Winchester & Wimborne

With over 20 years of experience as a property developer, Sara is an expert in transforming spaces. Utilising her wealth of knowledge gathered in the renovation of buildings, becoming a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant was the perfect fit. She has worked with Farrow & Ball for the last seven years, using her passion for interiors to help customers create their ultimate schemes.

Sara's suggested scheme
Wisteria

BP 2223

 

Five questions with Sara

 

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

I really enjoy the whole consulting journey, especially the clarity at the end of the consultation when all the ideas that were initially just pictures and cuttings from magazines are now wonderful room schemes. I often have clients stating what a relief it is to finally have a plan and to be able to visualise their projects in full colour

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

There are many elements that make up a colour scheme. Lighting and architectural details are obviously very important, but the key thing to remember is that decorating should be an extension of one’s identity – every project is a chance to stamp your personality onto your environment.  How and by whom the space is used needs equal consideration. I work with the client to make their project truly unique to them.

 

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

One of my favourite projects was a wonderful home belonging to a landscape gardener. Taking the recently launched Colour by Nature palette as the foundation for the scheme, all the rooms felt wonderfully connected to the exterior.

 

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

I love how these colours work with each other, the muted rose tones of the Sulking Room Pink with the inky navy of the Stiffkey Blue. I imagine this in a dressing room – dramatic cabinetry in the deep blue and then the Sulking Room Pink in the illuminated interiors and on the ceiling. The wallpaper would add extra personality to the walls, and the metallic paint used on this would shimmer under the lights.

 

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

We are all spending so much more time in our homes at the moment that I feel a real change in how we use our spaces and how this is influencing the colour choices made. Bedrooms are doubling as offices and schoolrooms, outdoor space is far more connected to our living spaces, and flow between rooms is more considered. But the best trend is definitely more unexpected injections of colour!


Flick Smith - Beaconsfield & Henley

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
Tessella

BP 3613

Flick's Suggested Scheme
Tessella

BP 3613

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?

The key word is ’home’ – this is someone’s home, not just a house or a project, but a place where they need to feel happy and comfortable, so getting to know their taste is of prime importance. Often clients will have inspirational images from Instagram or Pinterest that have conflicting ideas, and so we have to quickly find out if that black wall they like in a photo will actually work in their style of home, but more importantly, also have longevity for their taste and direction in interiors.

 

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

A consultancy for a fabulous couple in Gerrard’s 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?

Let’s make bathrooms not just white sterile cubes but gorgeous rooms we want to languish in. I would paint the walls, woodwork, and ceiling in Studio Green. Use one drop of the gorgeous Bamboo paper behind toughened glass to go floor to ceiling behind a sink unit painted in Paean Black. Light Gray would be my door to the room, but I would colour-block it, bringing it up and out onto the wall asymmetrically.

 

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

Clients want to explore the world of colour. This is where the colour consultancy service comes into its own - we have in-depth knowledge and personal experience of using many of the colours we have in our palette, so we can give confidence to our customers on how to use them successfully and how to bring in touches around the neutral and grey schemes. Personally, I love to use colour in quirky, unexpected ways. I am thoroughly enjoying the trend for colour-blocking at present!


Jules Sawyer - Guildford & Esher

Jules has had a varied and creative career that has included food photography, public relations and floor planning.  Her one true passion is interior design.  Describing herself as a ‘serial decorator’, she is on her sixth home renovation project. Many of her developments have found their way into interior magazines over the years. Her passion for colour, along with her practical experience, gives her a thorough understanding of how to lead you through a successful interiors project. Jules has worked at Farrow & Ball Esher for three years.

Jules' suggested scheme

Five questions with Jules

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

It has to be when a client says “Oh! I hadn’t thought of that”.  It might mean changing up the colour on the woodwork, a pop of colour on a door or even painting the ceiling; but nothing beats being able to add creative ideas to a scheme that elevates it from just a freshly decorated room to a well thought out project. 


2. How do you approach each brief?

Firstly, I like to understand why the client has called on our services – some admit to having no idea about colour, others want to be pushed out of their comfort zone. Then it’s a question of what look they are going for and how best to achieve that while remaining sympathetic to the age of the property. Finally, looking at the space, which architectural details need highlighting or are there any elements – like an ugly radiator – that needs disguising.

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

I can’t pick one favourite. I equally like the customers who aren’t afraid of using bright or dark colours and those who are more conservative in their choices. I love the challenge of making a small cottage feel bigger, just as much as making a huge room feel warm and welcoming.

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

These are actually the colours I have in the hallway of my Art Deco apartment.  Wimborne White is painted on the ceiling and on the floor boards, allowing the light to bounce off it and stop the space feeling too dark. The achingly beautiful India Yellow sometimes glows in the afternoon sun, so much so that I have been tricked into thinking the lights are on. The Off-Black is on all the woodwork, which complements the Crittall windows and is sympathetic to the building’s design.


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

Rather than replace good quality but dated kitchens, I have been giving a lot of advice on how to update the busiest room in the house. Sometimes this means painting the cupboards themselves or just reinventing the palette to stop it looking dated. Zoning an area for home-working where people don’t have a dedicated study is also rather topical!


Susanne Jivmark - Windsor & Sunningdale

Susanne worked within the fashion industry for a long period of time, but her passion for interiors started in very early years. Her love and obsession for colours really kicked off upon joining Farrow & Ball in 2012. Over the years Susanne has transformed restaurants, bars, cafés, Grade 1 listed colleges, prestigious golf clubs, and dental surgeries (to name a few), as well as a vast variety of private residences. Susanne can’t imagine a life without colours, and has about 30 Farrow & Ball shades in her own home.

Susanne's Suggested Scheme
Tessella

BP 3610

Five questions with Susanne

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

I love meeting interesting people in a relaxed environment. Every home is unique, and every person has a different story about how they want to live and how to use their space. I’m intrigued by transforming spaces and making my clients happy. Plus, seeing how thrilled and satisfied my clients are gives me the opportunity to boost my ego…

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

In creativity mode, with big ears, an open mind (there are no strict rules in regard to colour combinations in my opinion), a big portion of curiosity, politeness, and extraordinary attention to detail.

 

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

So many projects have become my favourites over the years… One is fairly recent though, an Edwardian house in our lovely Sunningdale village. I had a blank canvas with an empty three-storey house that had not been updated since the sixties. I worked with an adorable young family who gave me free rein and appreciated every scheme I presented. They didn’t say no to a single suggested colour – such a dream project. I did three visits consisting of two hours each. We used Farrow & Ball paint and primers on every square inch of the house, and ended up using more than 25 different colours, without the house looking multicoloured.

 

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

the metallics in the wallpaper and the glowing yellow on the paneling in the evening.

When creating this scheme, I pictured a main entrance hall, stairs, and landing in a large house. Because of its size, it needs a ‘thread’ to flow throughout and link areas together. An entrance hall can also be a busy place, especially in a home with children, so this scheme keeps it fresh, airy and uncluttered. I chose School House White for the woodwork as it’s so versatile and works with all yellow, green and blue based colours. To create a warm, interesting space that isn’t too dramatic or dark, I would add waist-height India Yellow panelling to half the wall and finish the rest with Tessella 3610.

 

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

Environmental awareness, restoring old features and reusing materials, installing taller skirtings or trims and painting them in the same colour as the walls, focus on flooring, adding panelling (this is huge), warm gold metallics, and steering away from greys.



South West


Jackie Lay - Oxford and Cheltenham

I worked in commercial finance for twenty years before taking a career break to bring up my children. At that point, I wanted to embrace my creative side and decided to retrain as an interior designer. I love renovating houses – this is my seventh and counting! – and that’s how I discovered Farrow & Ball. I decided that if I was going to do my own decorating then I’d use paint that I loved and had been using for years. I knew all the names before I even joined the company!

Becoming a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant allows me to share my passion for colour and interiors, and I love helping people to create their perfect home.


Jackie's suggested scheme
Jackie's suggested scheme

Five questions with Jackie

 

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

I enjoy the variety of each project – every person, and their home, is unique. Giving people the confidence to try different colour schemes, to suggest unusual combinations and to help them push their own boundaries, that’s when the magic happens, that moment when they say ‘Wow!’.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening, observing, and asking questions. Understanding what the client wants to achieve, how they want to feel in a space, what isn’t working and why. Then working on solutions, but always adding something that the client wouldn’t have thought of themselves.

 

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

It was for a garden designer who wanted each of the rooms in her house a different colour. They all had to flow together and create a cohesive scheme for the whole house while still giving a different feel in every room. We used the soft muted shades of Hay, Treron, Dead Salmon and Setting Plaster with a touch of Red Earth – it was very pretty!

 

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

I would use this scheme to create an atmospheric kitchen. I’m loving the softer, warmer browns at the moment and Tanner’s Brown is an unexpected dark tone for kitchen units. Preference Red in Full Gloss would be used for the island (inspired by the latest exhibition at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford) with Skimming Stone as a warm neutral on the walls, ceiling and woodwork, and maybe a touch of Bancha when you open a cupboard door.

 

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

Grey is still a safe neutral for lots of people, but they want to add more colour and drama to their schemes. Using dark tones or bolder colours to enhance features and add interest, using colour blocking or playing with textures. I love to use Full Gloss paint in unexpected ways – it’s not just for front doors!


Jill Hazelgrove - Bath & Bristol

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.



London


Scott  - Marylebone & Notting Hill

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.


Reina Bray - Battersea

After an initial career in the music industry, Reina’s passion for interiors took over. She trained at KLC in Chelsea Harbour and worked in wallpaper and fabric merchandising before moving to Farrow & Ball just over six years ago. Soon after joining, Reina was able to move into a Colour Consultancy role, which has provided a fantastic learning experience. She finds seeing colours in the environment where they will be used invaluable in being able to create a cohesive and exciting scheme, and loves that the job is endlessly creative, finding it great fun to work with customers to really make their house a home.


Reina's Suggested Scheme
Cola

No.9918

Atacama

BP 5807

Blazer

No.212

Five questions with Reina

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

Being able to work one on one with a customer in their home is a dream because you can spend the time creating schemes that really work with their existing surroundings and suggest colours that they would not have usually considered. Taking the time to consider woodwork, ceilings & floors also has a huge impact on completing the Farrow & Ball ‘look’.

2. How do you approach each brief?

I like to know why the customer is looking to redecorate – they might be selling, just moved in, or updating following a renovation, so the requirements are different. I consider who the clients are and how they plan to use the space, as well as their personal taste and any ideas they may have about what they would like to achieve.


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

My favourite project has been for a couple who were keen to use wallpaper in their entire hallway and landings – we decided on Tourbillon 4802 above the dado rail and Purbeck Stone on the panelling below.  Although it appears quite busy, the curved lines of the wallpaper pattern actually create a calming feel. Wallpaper provides a really welcoming environment and is perfect for creating a memorable first impression.

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

I am constantly asked about using wallpaper and going ‘dark’ – so I have created this scheme potentially for a small cloakroom to test out being bolder. The metallic paints really come to life under artificial light and provide depth in an otherwise small and enclosed space. Using Blazer Full Gloss on the ceiling again creates depth and the high sheen level will reflect a warm glow to make the space feel cosy and considered.
 

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

There is definitely a general trend for warmer colours – particularly pinks, but also reds and yellows. A lot of customers are also asking about using strong colours on walls and taking it onto the woodwork, or perhaps just going for a very dark staircase. Finally, as a lot of people are now working from home, there is an emphasis on updating a spare room to also function as a home office.


Kate Szynkowska-Paczula - Chelsea & Richmond

Kate’s background is in luxury fashion, ranging from retail management and buying to working with clients in their homes.

She has always been interested in interior design and feels that working with colour has happened quite organically, combining her passion and creativity.

Kate has been working at Farrow & Ball for two and a half years.


Kate's Suggested scheme
All White

No.2005

Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31

Five questions with Kate

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

Meeting and interacting with the clients, being the part of their journey, seeing how the colour impacts their personal spaces, and creating the colour schemes with the clients, involving their vision, ideas, and needs. 

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening to the clients’ needs and asking questions. Trying to find out as much as possible about the space and what they would like to achieve.

 

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

A Georgian property in London with high ceilings, beautiful details in the rooms, original features, and a layout that allowed us to use the natural light to its maximum potential, creating a symbiosis of modern style with tradition.

 

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

I can imagine this scheme in a hall in an Edwardian property – a narrow entrance hall painted in Railings, including the skirtings and the radiator, which extends the wall and creates a better flow in the space. This would lead to the wider opening of the hall, painted in Ammonite with All White on the ceiling. This creates a darker and more dramatic entrance combined with the simplicity and freshness of All White, the softness of Ammonite, and the depth of Railings.

 

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

Greens and blues, experimenting with darker colours, and a braver approach to colour schemes in general.


Sally Taylor - Blackheath

After studying Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design, Sally went on to pursue another passion –  gardening. After further studies in Garden Design and Floristry, she worked for 15 inspirational years for a London-based landscaping company.  

Sally’s love for all things Interiors led her to Farrow and Ball in 2012, where she joined the Blackheath Showroom. She has been the sole Colour Consultant there for the last seven years, and in that time has found each day a privilege, bringing colour and inspiration to the homes of Farrow & Ball customers.


Sally's Suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283

Five questions with Sally

 

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

Every customer is a new adventure, you never know where the scheme will take you.

My greatest joy is the customer’s enthusiasm for the scheme we have created. Often it is overwhelming for people to visualise their space and it is my role to guide them through this transformation, enabling them to feel confident and inspired to enjoy their homes.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening is key. With the correct questions I can quickly interpret their needs –ow and when they use each room, while all the time looking at existing furnishings, thus enabling me to build a picture of what will suit them. Every home is individual and I treat each one as unique.

 

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

I enjoy each and every one, but it’s always a pleasure to revisit a previous customer, to build on the scheme we have worked on in the past and to see more of the home come together.

 

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

The above palette is for a library or study. I have kept the walls in Mouse’s Back with the trims and bookcases in the beautiful Studio Green. For the ceiling I have used Drop Cloth, giving the room a very warm and cosy feel – perfect for relaxing in the evening by lamplight – and to be layered with textured rugs and paintings.

 

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

Recently I have seen a shift to more earthy, natural tones. I think even more now people need to feel that their homes are their safe, happy place and by bringing the colours of nature inside definitely helps to create that feeling of calm and serenity.


Myia Scott - Islington & Hampstead

Miya studied Fine Art and History at Central St Martins before doing visual merchandising for six years with luxury brands including Paul Smith and Club Monaco. She has been with Farrow & Ball for three and a half years after coming back from a month-long trip to Ubud, which gave her the courage to quit her job and apply to Farrow & Ball for a fresh start in a field that she has always loved.


Myia's Suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Five questions with Myia

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

I enjoy the process of making a house a home, tailored to the client from initial concept to end product, and finding that sweet spot between what could be opposing forces – function and aesthetics, period, offset and symmetry. 

2. How do you approach each brief?

With a fresh mind and understanding of the client’s needs and wants. Taking into account the natural light, the spaces and their purpose, architectural elements, and the client’s personal style.


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

It was an extraordinary property previously owed by well-known architect Michael Inchbald, whose projects have included the Savoy and parts of Buckingham Palace. This was a listed building with remarkable ceiling roses, architectural structure and unique surfaces. Took four hours but loved every moment of it – taking something with heritage and keeping that intact but showcasing modern elements too.

 

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

I imagine this scheme being used for a home office, one that’s very different from the rest of the home. India Yellow walls, Railings woodwork and a Parma Gray ceiling create an unexpected combination that inspires new ideas, as well as making the perfect background for framed black and white prints.

 

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

I’m seeing two things. First, that clients aren’t afraid now to use more established colours with deeper pairings, especially on woodwork. Secondly, more of a natural element has been embraced, with the use of cork, woods, and plants. People are bringing nature into their homes to create spaces of sanctuary.


Nicky Miles - Wimbledon

Nicky has worked with Farrow & Ball in the Wimbledon Showroom for the past ten years and has been a Colour Consultant for some six years. Her love for design was ignited while being fully involved with the total refurbishment of several properties over a number of years, encompassing renovation works from decorating through to soft furnishings.


Nicky's Suggested scheme

Five questions with Nicky

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

I enjoy helping clients create a warm and inviting home that they’ll find both exciting and fulfilling. Sometimes this will entail helping them to step outside of their comfort zone and become a little bolder with their choices by highlighting the structure and light of each room.


2. How do you approach each brief?

To help the customer by listening to their brief and assisting them to interpret this into design that they feel comfortable with, taking into account the structural makeup of each room.


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

I was invited to a client’s Georgian home where they were converting the swimming pool into a most amazing Georgian-style kitchen. My brief was to help the client choose the full colour scheme for this period-style space, which included kitchen units, walls, woodwork, and ceiling. An enormous 1,000-bottle wine room was also part of the brief.

This was truly exciting because, in addition to the challenges of the new design, the client also instructed me to assist them with remainder of this lovely home.

 

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

I have chosen this colour scheme because I love the way the Light Blue becomes a light silvery blue when in a shaded area and peaceful and calming in a well-lit area. The Shaded White I would use on the ceiling and cornice to give a softer look, and Inchyra Blue would be a good accent colour either to use on a feature wall or for built-in units. This colour scheme is both relaxing and calm, and it would work well in a reception room, hallway, or bedroom.

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

From the beginning of 2020 I have seen more of a movement away from greys towards natural colours - more towards the greens, though not forgetting  Setting Plaster and Hay, which do create a wonderful mid-century modern feel. This reflects the feeling of nature, which brings a little of the outside into our homes, thereby creating a warm, inviting impression.



North West


Julie Beddow - Manchester & Wilmslow

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.



West Midlands


Emily Harrold - Solihull & Leamington Spa

Emily specialises in delivering schemes expertly tailored to her client’s needs – be it modern minimalism, smart townhouse, country living or suburban family home. She has a wealth of experience in creating beautiful spaces, having previously worked at a successful interior design practice and as a stylist for national interior magazines, as well as assisting on photo shoots for luxurious five-star hotels across Europe.

Emily's suggested scheme
Brinjal

No.222

Acanthus

BP 2718

Five questions with Emily

 

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

Meeting people, developing new connections, and turning people’s ideas and dreams into reality.

2. How do you approach each brief?

With passion and enthusiasm, ensuring I spend time understanding the client’s needs.

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

Recently I visited a client who was familiar with the Farrow & Ball colour range but had moved into a house with interconnected and challenging spaces. After understanding his desire for a natural and calming colour palette, I took him through the concept of layering colours to create a cohesive scheme.

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

I imagined this scheme for the master bedroom of a busy, vibrant family, a space that needs to be restful yet retain personality free from the general clutter of family life. All four walls would be papered in Acanthus, with woodwork in Brinjal – Full Gloss for the wardrobes and doors, Eggshell for skirting boards and window frames. Being playful with the same colour in different finishes is bold without being fussy. Bedside tables would be painted in Book Room Red Full Gloss, while beautifully faded rugs would sit either side of the bed alongside quirky fabric-shaded wall lamps.

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

Confidence. People are freeing themselves from the constraints of following mass trends and embracing their uniqueness. They want and need spaces where they can be themselves – something I endorse wholeheartedly!



East of England


Jenny Baker - Cambridge

Originally a Graphic Design graduate from Chelsea College of Art, Jenny is now completing her final studies towards a Master’s in Interior Design. With experience in fashion, print and interiors photography, she uses this expertise to bring her passion and knowledge to life and into the home. 

Jenny joined Farrow & Ball in 2017 and as a Colour Consultant has enjoyed working alongside a variety of clients and projects both in store and in home. With a simple yet carefully curated eye for design, she has worked on schemes from building sites to listed homes and commercial spaces.

Jenny's suggested scheme

Five questions with Jenny


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

I love the challenge of working on different types and styles of projects; no two houses are the same! It’s so rewarding being a part of a client’s journey and working together to design a home that they will enjoy for years to come.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Gaining a deep understanding of what a client is hoping to achieve is key. Not only listening, but also taking on visual cues from their home to ensure their personality is kept at the centre of the scheme. It’s important to take on any concerns a client may have in order to offer the perfect solution while instilling trust and confidence. I strive to offer something a bit different or ideas that may not have been considered before, without imposing my own tastes.

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

One project that always stands out to me was an independent bookshop with the brief ‘gentlemen’s club meets Harry Potter’. It was fantastic to work with a client with such a strong vision and to have the freedom to really run with it. We sectioned the store using a combination of Green Smoke, India Yellow, and the aptly named Book Room Red, with Studio Green used across the shelving and storefront. Seeing it continue to be enjoyed by so many people is such a pleasure.

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

I see this scheme being used in a kitchen full of personality. Kitchens are the hub of the home and should be injected with the personality of the homeowner! I would take a more unexpected route with the kitchen units in India Yellow, which would sit beautifully with a wooden worktop and brass fixtures. On the walls, Shaded White complements and softens the India Yellow while Railings adds punchy details to the scheme, such as on the windows or on kitchen dining chairs.

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

I love to see that clients are embracing colour and becoming more daring with their home décor. Not just walls but all aspects of a room are being considered, from bolder woodwork colours and finishes to windows, radiators and furniture – everything is given the time and attention it deserves to make the most of its potential.


Caroline Stevens - St Albans

Caroline has been with Farrow and Ball for just over three years, having come from a predominantly retail background with high-end brands. Customer service has always been a  priority for Caroline, who loves getting to know her clients, building relationships, and always aiming to exceed their expectations. Caroline also has experience in visual merchandising, setting up new stores and creating beautiful displays and windows to tempt the customers.

Caroline loves working with the unique colours and their endless combinations at Farrow & Ball , and enjoys the feeling of learning something new every day.


Caroline's Suggested scheme
Peignoir

No.286

Cinder Rose

No.246

Five questions with Caroline

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

I really enjoy helping clients create a scheme they really love. Sometimes it can be a scheme already in their mind that just needs bringing to life, or one that had not been considered before. Either way it’s great to feel part of the journey to a finished project, and it’s so rewarding to see photos once the work has been done and hear how happy they are with it.


2.
How do you approach each brief?

Always with an open mind – and never assume! Even though we always ask questions – what the room is used for and when, how they want the room to feel, current and future furniture  – it’s not until you see the rooms that all of those come together. I do like to put some colour ideas together as a starting point and then be guided by the client from there, but I’m always prepared for a change in direction!

 

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

A house that was being totally renovated from top to bottom. When I first saw it, it was a building site but with the help of the client and samples (flooring, kitchen, tiles etc.) we had a starting point. The clients changed their minds about fitted furniture in the bedrooms and office, so we had to re-look at colour in those rooms to see what changes, if any, were needed. The clients kept in contact throughout each stage and we tweaked schemes where necessary. I loved going on the journey with them, from building site to beautiful family home, and seeing how delighted they were with everything.


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

I love all these colours individually, but I also love them together. I think they complement each other beautifully – they’re so soft together. I could see them being used in a bedroom, with wardrobes in Charleston Gray, walls and ceiling in Peignoir, and woodwork in Cinder Rose. Or a feature wall in Cinder Rose and others in Peignoir –  whichever way they are combined they feel warm and relaxing.


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

Bolder kitchens! Whether that means painting kitchen units to update a tired kitchen, which can really transform the room, or choosing colour for new units. Clients are either going bold for the units or island or using the bolder colour on the walls to offset a more neutral unit. This can also create more of a zoned area when used in an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space. Darker blues, greens and greys seem to be the top choices but the possibilities are endless.



Yorkshire


Ann-Marie Morgan - Harrogate

Ann-Marie has worked in the Farrow & Ball Harrogate showroom for seven years and brings with her extensive experience of renovating modern and period properties. She aims to bring both practical and inspiring advice to those who want to incorporate new ideas into their homes but are unsure how to translate them. Often, she draws inspiration from her love of modern and vintage fabrics to add an unexpected element to a scheme.

Ann-Marie's Suggested Scheme

Five questions with Ann-Marie

 

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

I enjoy the opportunity to gently nudge clients out of their comfort zone, giving them the confidence to try new ideas but still reflecting their tastes and lifestyles. Each consultancy brings something new and different.

2. How do you approach each brief?

I’m open minded, and through discussion with the client, considering what they want to achieve, plus taking into account the practicalities of the room, aim to give ideas that inspire them. The process varies greatly with each individual and being adaptable is crucial.

 

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

A consultancy in a renovated farmhouse situated in a remote hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales. The client wanted to draw inspiration from the beautiful colours of the surrounding landscape. We used Card Room Green, Blue Gray, Cromarty, Light Blue and Oval Room Blue, punctuated with the soft chalkiness of Shadow White to create a calming weekend retreat.

 

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

I envisage using these colours for the kitchen in an Edwardian house. The Green Smoke on the island adding depth, Drop Cloth on the floor-to-ceiling cabinets for a timeless quality, and Setting Plaster bringing gentle warmth to the walls.

 

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

Increased emphasis on the home office environment and creating work zones, whether a self -contained study, the corner of the landing or an alcove under the stairs. Colours such as Green Smoke, Card Room Green and Inchyra Blue to create a professional backdrop but to flow and not jar with the rest of the house. Railings used on shelving and storage is a popular option, too.

Also, a move away from white woodwork, particularly on staircases and hallways – using colours such as Off Black, Tanner’s Brown and Studio Green on the skirtings, architraves and stairs to create an elegant entrance to a home.



Scotland


Siobhan Doherty - Edinburgh & Glasgow

After graduating from the University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art in 2011 with a BA Hons in Fashion & Textiles, Siobhan moved to Edinburgh, where she began freelancing. Her artistic practice involved setting up and managing her own screen-printing label.

It was then, nine years ago, that Siobhan started working for Farrow & Ball part-time and worked her way up to manager of the Edinburgh Showroom. 

Siobhan has always had a passion for colour, which has really developed since becoming a Colour Consultant five years ago. She says that the thing she loves most about the job is the variety, and that she could never tire of colour and how it reacts to light and architecture.


Siobhan's suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283

Five questions with Siobhan

 

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

The part I enjoy the most about being a Colour Consultant is being able to suggest new ways of using colour and sharing little hints and tips of how to be clever with it. It is really rewarding to hear how welcomingly received these ideas are.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

I ask lots of questions! I like to be as familiar as I can with how the client wants the space to look and feel. I take into account the aspect of the room, the time of day the room will be used, any pieces of furniture or textiles that will be used, the flooring, etc. Knowing all this information helps me to come up with the best colour options for the space.

 

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

My favourite project so far was helping a client pick a colour scheme for a very quirky hallway in an Old Manse in Fife. The original stained-glass vestibule led to a large internal hallway with a beautiful wooden staircase to the bedrooms above. We opted for a very traditional palette of red based neutrals here. A doorway off the internal hallway led to a little snug christened ‘The Whiskey Room’. It had a wood burner and the walls were covered in art. A corridor continued beyond this room, leading to a back staircase that took you up to the top floor. The corridor had lots of divisions, giving us opportunity to be quirky with wallpaper and paint. We choose the Bumble Bee wallpaper with darker skirting boards. Another little nook at the end of the hallway was painted in Oval Room Blue. The space was bursting full of character!

 

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

Light Blue is my favourite Farrow & Ball shade of all time. I love seeing it used with lots of natural materials such as wood, lush plants and lots of white for a serene, calm ambience. I imagine it being used in a living room with lots of soft linens in sunny shades like honey and rust.

 

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

I am seeing a lot of open-plan kitchens with dark cabinetry. Lots of Railings, Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue with shade of white or pale grey on the walls. 

Some clients are painting the woodwork the same colour as the walls, or painting built-ins or integrated bookcase in the same colour as the walls. I think this is a very smart look at the moment.

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.



South East


Sara Lake - Winchester & Wimborne

With over 20 years of experience as a property developer, Sara is an expert in transforming spaces. Utilising her wealth of knowledge gathered in the renovation of buildings, becoming a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant was the perfect fit. She has worked with Farrow & Ball for the last seven years, using her passion for interiors to help customers create their ultimate schemes.


Sara's suggested scheme
Wisteria

BP 2223

 


Sara's suggested scheme
Wisteria

BP 2223

 

Five questions with Sara

 

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

I really enjoy the whole consulting journey, especially the clarity at the end of the consultation when all the ideas that were initially just pictures and cuttings from magazines are now wonderful room schemes. I often have clients stating what a relief it is to finally have a plan and to be able to visualise their projects in full colour

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

There are many elements that make up a colour scheme. Lighting and architectural details are obviously very important, but the key thing to remember is that decorating should be an extension of one’s identity – every project is a chance to stamp your personality onto your environment.  How and by whom the space is used needs equal consideration. I work with the client to make their project truly unique to them.

 

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

One of my favourite projects was a wonderful home belonging to a landscape gardener. Taking the recently launched Colour by Nature palette as the foundation for the scheme, all the rooms felt wonderfully connected to the exterior.

 

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

I love how these colours work with each other, the muted rose tones of the Sulking Room Pink with the inky navy of the Stiffkey Blue. I imagine this in a dressing room – dramatic cabinetry in the deep blue and then the Sulking Room Pink in the illuminated interiors and on the ceiling. The wallpaper would add extra personality to the walls, and the metallic paint used on this would shimmer under the lights.

 

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

We are all spending so much more time in our homes at the moment that I feel a real change in how we use our spaces and how this is influencing the colour choices made. Bedrooms are doubling as offices and schoolrooms, outdoor space is far more connected to our living spaces, and flow between rooms is more considered. But the best trend is definitely more unexpected injections of colour!


Flick Smith - Beaconsfield & Henley

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
Tessella

BP 3613


Flick's Suggested Scheme
Tessella

BP 3613

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?

The key word is ’home’ – this is someone’s home, not just a house or a project, but a place where they need to feel happy and comfortable, so getting to know their taste is of prime importance. Often clients will have inspirational images from Instagram or Pinterest that have conflicting ideas, and so we have to quickly find out if that black wall they like in a photo will actually work in their style of home, but more importantly, also have longevity for their taste and direction in interiors.

 

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

A consultancy for a fabulous couple in Gerrard’s 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?

Let’s make bathrooms not just white sterile cubes but gorgeous rooms we want to languish in. I would paint the walls, woodwork, and ceiling in Studio Green. Use one drop of the gorgeous Bamboo paper behind toughened glass to go floor to ceiling behind a sink unit painted in Paean Black. Light Gray would be my door to the room, but I would colour-block it, bringing it up and out onto the wall asymmetrically.

 

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

Clients want to explore the world of colour. This is where the colour consultancy service comes into its own - we have in-depth knowledge and personal experience of using many of the colours we have in our palette, so we can give confidence to our customers on how to use them successfully and how to bring in touches around the neutral and grey schemes. Personally, I love to use colour in quirky, unexpected ways. I am thoroughly enjoying the trend for colour-blocking at present!


Jules Sawyer - Guildford & Esher

Jules has had a varied and creative career that has included food photography, public relations and floor planning.  Her one true passion is interior design.  Describing herself as a ‘serial decorator’, she is on her sixth home renovation project. Many of her developments have found their way into interior magazines over the years. Her passion for colour, along with her practical experience, gives her a thorough understanding of how to lead you through a successful interiors project. Jules has worked at Farrow & Ball Esher for three years.


Jules' suggested scheme
Off Black

No.57


Jules' suggested scheme
Off Black

No.57

Five questions with Jules

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

It has to be when a client says “Oh! I hadn’t thought of that”.  It might mean changing up the colour on the woodwork, a pop of colour on a door or even painting the ceiling; but nothing beats being able to add creative ideas to a scheme that elevates it from just a freshly decorated room to a well thought out project. 


2. How do you approach each brief?

Firstly, I like to understand why the client has called on our services – some admit to having no idea about colour, others want to be pushed out of their comfort zone. Then it’s a question of what look they are going for and how best to achieve that while remaining sympathetic to the age of the property. Finally, looking at the space, which architectural details need highlighting or are there any elements – like an ugly radiator – that needs disguising.

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

I can’t pick one favourite. I equally like the customers who aren’t afraid of using bright or dark colours and those who are more conservative in their choices. I love the challenge of making a small cottage feel bigger, just as much as making a huge room feel warm and welcoming.

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

These are actually the colours I have in the hallway of my Art Deco apartment.  Wimborne White is painted on the ceiling and on the floor boards, allowing the light to bounce off it and stop the space feeling too dark. The achingly beautiful India Yellow sometimes glows in the afternoon sun, so much so that I have been tricked into thinking the lights are on. The Off-Black is on all the woodwork, which complements the Crittall windows and is sympathetic to the building’s design.


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

Rather than replace good quality but dated kitchens, I have been giving a lot of advice on how to update the busiest room in the house. Sometimes this means painting the cupboards themselves or just reinventing the palette to stop it looking dated. Zoning an area for home-working where people don’t have a dedicated study is also rather topical!


Susanne Jivmark - Windsor & Sunningdale

Susanne worked within the fashion industry for a long period of time, but her passion for interiors started in very early years. Her love and obsession for colours really kicked off upon joining Farrow & Ball in 2012. Over the years Susanne has transformed restaurants, bars, cafés, Grade 1 listed colleges, prestigious golf clubs, and dental surgeries (to name a few), as well as a vast variety of private residences. Susanne can’t imagine a life without colours, and has about 30 Farrow & Ball shades in her own home.


Susanne's Suggested Scheme
Tessella

BP 3610


Susanne's Suggested Scheme
Tessella

BP 3610

Five questions with Susanne

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

I love meeting interesting people in a relaxed environment. Every home is unique, and every person has a different story about how they want to live and how to use their space. I’m intrigued by transforming spaces and making my clients happy. Plus, seeing how thrilled and satisfied my clients are gives me the opportunity to boost my ego…

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

In creativity mode, with big ears, an open mind (there are no strict rules in regard to colour combinations in my opinion), a big portion of curiosity, politeness, and extraordinary attention to detail.

 

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

So many projects have become my favourites over the years… One is fairly recent though, an Edwardian house in our lovely Sunningdale village. I had a blank canvas with an empty three-storey house that had not been updated since the sixties. I worked with an adorable young family who gave me free rein and appreciated every scheme I presented. They didn’t say no to a single suggested colour – such a dream project. I did three visits consisting of two hours each. We used Farrow & Ball paint and primers on every square inch of the house, and ended up using more than 25 different colours, without the house looking multicoloured.

 

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

the metallics in the wallpaper and the glowing yellow on the paneling in the evening.

When creating this scheme, I pictured a main entrance hall, stairs, and landing in a large house. Because of its size, it needs a ‘thread’ to flow throughout and link areas together. An entrance hall can also be a busy place, especially in a home with children, so this scheme keeps it fresh, airy and uncluttered. I chose School House White for the woodwork as it’s so versatile and works with all yellow, green and blue based colours. To create a warm, interesting space that isn’t too dramatic or dark, I would add waist-height India Yellow panelling to half the wall and finish the rest with Tessella 3610.

 

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

Environmental awareness, restoring old features and reusing materials, installing taller skirtings or trims and painting them in the same colour as the walls, focus on flooring, adding panelling (this is huge), warm gold metallics, and steering away from greys.


South West


Jackie Lay - Oxford and Cheltenham

I worked in commercial finance for twenty years before taking a career break to bring up my children. At that point, I wanted to embrace my creative side and decided to retrain as an interior designer. I love renovating houses – this is my seventh and counting! – and that’s how I discovered Farrow & Ball. I decided that if I was going to do my own decorating then I’d use paint that I loved and had been using for years. I knew all the names before I even joined the company!

Becoming a Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant allows me to share my passion for colour and interiors, and I love helping people to create their perfect home.


Jackie's suggested scheme

Jackie's suggested scheme

Five questions with Jackie

 

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

I enjoy the variety of each project – every person, and their home, is unique. Giving people the confidence to try different colour schemes, to suggest unusual combinations and to help them push their own boundaries, that’s when the magic happens, that moment when they say ‘Wow!’.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening, observing, and asking questions. Understanding what the client wants to achieve, how they want to feel in a space, what isn’t working and why. Then working on solutions, but always adding something that the client wouldn’t have thought of themselves.

 

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

It was for a garden designer who wanted each of the rooms in her house a different colour. They all had to flow together and create a cohesive scheme for the whole house while still giving a different feel in every room. We used the soft muted shades of Hay, Treron, Dead Salmon and Setting Plaster with a touch of Red Earth – it was very pretty!

 

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

I would use this scheme to create an atmospheric kitchen. I’m loving the softer, warmer browns at the moment and Tanner’s Brown is an unexpected dark tone for kitchen units. Preference Red in Full Gloss would be used for the island (inspired by the latest exhibition at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford) with Skimming Stone as a warm neutral on the walls, ceiling and woodwork, and maybe a touch of Bancha when you open a cupboard door.

 

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

Grey is still a safe neutral for lots of people, but they want to add more colour and drama to their schemes. Using dark tones or bolder colours to enhance features and add interest, using colour blocking or playing with textures. I love to use Full Gloss paint in unexpected ways – it’s not just for front doors!


Jill Hazelgrove - Bath & Bristol

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.


London


Scott  - Marylebone & Notting Hill

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.


Reina Bray - Battersea

After an initial career in the music industry, Reina’s passion for interiors took over. She trained at KLC in Chelsea Harbour and worked in wallpaper and fabric merchandising before moving to Farrow & Ball just over six years ago. Soon after joining, Reina was able to move into a Colour Consultancy role, which has provided a fantastic learning experience. She finds seeing colours in the environment where they will be used invaluable in being able to create a cohesive and exciting scheme, and loves that the job is endlessly creative, finding it great fun to work with customers to really make their house a home.


Reina's Suggested Scheme
Cola

No.9918

Atacama

BP 5807

Blazer

No.212


Reina's Suggested Scheme
Cola

No.9918

Atacama

BP 5807

Blazer

No.212

Five questions with Reina

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

Being able to work one on one with a customer in their home is a dream because you can spend the time creating schemes that really work with their existing surroundings and suggest colours that they would not have usually considered. Taking the time to consider woodwork, ceilings & floors also has a huge impact on completing the Farrow & Ball ‘look’.

2. How do you approach each brief?

I like to know why the customer is looking to redecorate – they might be selling, just moved in, or updating following a renovation, so the requirements are different. I consider who the clients are and how they plan to use the space, as well as their personal taste and any ideas they may have about what they would like to achieve.


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

My favourite project has been for a couple who were keen to use wallpaper in their entire hallway and landings – we decided on Tourbillon 4802 above the dado rail and Purbeck Stone on the panelling below.  Although it appears quite busy, the curved lines of the wallpaper pattern actually create a calming feel. Wallpaper provides a really welcoming environment and is perfect for creating a memorable first impression.

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

I am constantly asked about using wallpaper and going ‘dark’ – so I have created this scheme potentially for a small cloakroom to test out being bolder. The metallic paints really come to life under artificial light and provide depth in an otherwise small and enclosed space. Using Blazer Full Gloss on the ceiling again creates depth and the high sheen level will reflect a warm glow to make the space feel cosy and considered.
 

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

There is definitely a general trend for warmer colours – particularly pinks, but also reds and yellows. A lot of customers are also asking about using strong colours on walls and taking it onto the woodwork, or perhaps just going for a very dark staircase. Finally, as a lot of people are now working from home, there is an emphasis on updating a spare room to also function as a home office.


Kate Szynkowska-Paczula - Chelsea & Richmond

Kate’s background is in luxury fashion, ranging from retail management and buying to working with clients in their homes.

She has always been interested in interior design and feels that working with colour has happened quite organically, combining her passion and creativity.

Kate has been working at Farrow & Ball for two and a half years.


Kate's Suggested scheme
All White

No.2005

Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31


Kate's Suggested scheme
All White

No.2005

Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31

Five questions with Kate

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

Meeting and interacting with the clients, being the part of their journey, seeing how the colour impacts their personal spaces, and creating the colour schemes with the clients, involving their vision, ideas, and needs. 

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening to the clients’ needs and asking questions. Trying to find out as much as possible about the space and what they would like to achieve.

 

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

A Georgian property in London with high ceilings, beautiful details in the rooms, original features, and a layout that allowed us to use the natural light to its maximum potential, creating a symbiosis of modern style with tradition.

 

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

I can imagine this scheme in a hall in an Edwardian property – a narrow entrance hall painted in Railings, including the skirtings and the radiator, which extends the wall and creates a better flow in the space. This would lead to the wider opening of the hall, painted in Ammonite with All White on the ceiling. This creates a darker and more dramatic entrance combined with the simplicity and freshness of All White, the softness of Ammonite, and the depth of Railings.

 

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

Greens and blues, experimenting with darker colours, and a braver approach to colour schemes in general.


Sally Taylor - Blackheath

After studying Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design, Sally went on to pursue another passion –  gardening. After further studies in Garden Design and Floristry, she worked for 15 inspirational years for a London-based landscaping company.  

Sally’s love for all things Interiors led her to Farrow and Ball in 2012, where she joined the Blackheath Showroom. She has been the sole Colour Consultant there for the last seven years, and in that time has found each day a privilege, bringing colour and inspiration to the homes of Farrow & Ball customers.


Sally's Suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283


Sally's Suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283

Five questions with Sally

 

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

Every customer is a new adventure, you never know where the scheme will take you.

My greatest joy is the customer’s enthusiasm for the scheme we have created. Often it is overwhelming for people to visualise their space and it is my role to guide them through this transformation, enabling them to feel confident and inspired to enjoy their homes.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listening is key. With the correct questions I can quickly interpret their needs –ow and when they use each room, while all the time looking at existing furnishings, thus enabling me to build a picture of what will suit them. Every home is individual and I treat each one as unique.

 

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

I enjoy each and every one, but it’s always a pleasure to revisit a previous customer, to build on the scheme we have worked on in the past and to see more of the home come together.

 

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

The above palette is for a library or study. I have kept the walls in Mouse’s Back with the trims and bookcases in the beautiful Studio Green. For the ceiling I have used Drop Cloth, giving the room a very warm and cosy feel – perfect for relaxing in the evening by lamplight – and to be layered with textured rugs and paintings.

 

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

Recently I have seen a shift to more earthy, natural tones. I think even more now people need to feel that their homes are their safe, happy place and by bringing the colours of nature inside definitely helps to create that feeling of calm and serenity.


Myia Scott - Islington & Hampstead

Miya studied Fine Art and History at Central St Martins before doing visual merchandising for six years with luxury brands including Paul Smith and Club Monaco. She has been with Farrow & Ball for three and a half years after coming back from a month-long trip to Ubud, which gave her the courage to quit her job and apply to Farrow & Ball for a fresh start in a field that she has always loved.


Myia's Suggested scheme
Railings

No.31


Myia's Suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Five questions with Myia

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

I enjoy the process of making a house a home, tailored to the client from initial concept to end product, and finding that sweet spot between what could be opposing forces – function and aesthetics, period, offset and symmetry. 

2. How do you approach each brief?

With a fresh mind and understanding of the client’s needs and wants. Taking into account the natural light, the spaces and their purpose, architectural elements, and the client’s personal style.


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

It was an extraordinary property previously owed by well-known architect Michael Inchbald, whose projects have included the Savoy and parts of Buckingham Palace. This was a listed building with remarkable ceiling roses, architectural structure and unique surfaces. Took four hours but loved every moment of it – taking something with heritage and keeping that intact but showcasing modern elements too.

 

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

I imagine this scheme being used for a home office, one that’s very different from the rest of the home. India Yellow walls, Railings woodwork and a Parma Gray ceiling create an unexpected combination that inspires new ideas, as well as making the perfect background for framed black and white prints.

 

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

I’m seeing two things. First, that clients aren’t afraid now to use more established colours with deeper pairings, especially on woodwork. Secondly, more of a natural element has been embraced, with the use of cork, woods, and plants. People are bringing nature into their homes to create spaces of sanctuary.


Nicky Miles - Wimbledon

Nicky has worked with Farrow & Ball in the Wimbledon Showroom for the past ten years and has been a Colour Consultant for some six years. Her love for design was ignited while being fully involved with the total refurbishment of several properties over a number of years, encompassing renovation works from decorating through to soft furnishings.


Nicky's Suggested scheme

Nicky's Suggested scheme

Five questions with Nicky

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

I enjoy helping clients create a warm and inviting home that they’ll find both exciting and fulfilling. Sometimes this will entail helping them to step outside of their comfort zone and become a little bolder with their choices by highlighting the structure and light of each room.


2. How do you approach each brief?

To help the customer by listening to their brief and assisting them to interpret this into design that they feel comfortable with, taking into account the structural makeup of each room.


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

I was invited to a client’s Georgian home where they were converting the swimming pool into a most amazing Georgian-style kitchen. My brief was to help the client choose the full colour scheme for this period-style space, which included kitchen units, walls, woodwork, and ceiling. An enormous 1,000-bottle wine room was also part of the brief.

This was truly exciting because, in addition to the challenges of the new design, the client also instructed me to assist them with remainder of this lovely home.

 

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

I have chosen this colour scheme because I love the way the Light Blue becomes a light silvery blue when in a shaded area and peaceful and calming in a well-lit area. The Shaded White I would use on the ceiling and cornice to give a softer look, and Inchyra Blue would be a good accent colour either to use on a feature wall or for built-in units. This colour scheme is both relaxing and calm, and it would work well in a reception room, hallway, or bedroom.

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

From the beginning of 2020 I have seen more of a movement away from greys towards natural colours - more towards the greens, though not forgetting  Setting Plaster and Hay, which do create a wonderful mid-century modern feel. This reflects the feeling of nature, which brings a little of the outside into our homes, thereby creating a warm, inviting impression.


North West


Julie Beddow - Manchester & Wilmslow

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.


West Midlands


Emily Harrold - Solihull & Leamington Spa

Emily specialises in delivering schemes expertly tailored to her client’s needs – be it modern minimalism, smart townhouse, country living or suburban family home. She has a wealth of experience in creating beautiful spaces, having previously worked at a successful interior design practice and as a stylist for national interior magazines, as well as assisting on photo shoots for luxurious five-star hotels across Europe.


Emily's suggested scheme
Brinjal

No.222

Acanthus

BP 2718


Emily's suggested scheme
Brinjal

No.222

Acanthus

BP 2718

Five questions with Emily

 

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

Meeting people, developing new connections, and turning people’s ideas and dreams into reality.

2. How do you approach each brief?

With passion and enthusiasm, ensuring I spend time understanding the client’s needs.

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

Recently I visited a client who was familiar with the Farrow & Ball colour range but had moved into a house with interconnected and challenging spaces. After understanding his desire for a natural and calming colour palette, I took him through the concept of layering colours to create a cohesive scheme.

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

I imagined this scheme for the master bedroom of a busy, vibrant family, a space that needs to be restful yet retain personality free from the general clutter of family life. All four walls would be papered in Acanthus, with woodwork in Brinjal – Full Gloss for the wardrobes and doors, Eggshell for skirting boards and window frames. Being playful with the same colour in different finishes is bold without being fussy. Bedside tables would be painted in Book Room Red Full Gloss, while beautifully faded rugs would sit either side of the bed alongside quirky fabric-shaded wall lamps.

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

Confidence. People are freeing themselves from the constraints of following mass trends and embracing their uniqueness. They want and need spaces where they can be themselves – something I endorse wholeheartedly!


East of England


Jenny Baker - Cambridge

Originally a Graphic Design graduate from Chelsea College of Art, Jenny is now completing her final studies towards a Master’s in Interior Design. With experience in fashion, print and interiors photography, she uses this expertise to bring her passion and knowledge to life and into the home. 

Jenny joined Farrow & Ball in 2017 and as a Colour Consultant has enjoyed working alongside a variety of clients and projects both in store and in home. With a simple yet carefully curated eye for design, she has worked on schemes from building sites to listed homes and commercial spaces.


Jenny's suggested scheme
Railings

No.31


Jenny's suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Five questions with Jenny


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

I love the challenge of working on different types and styles of projects; no two houses are the same! It’s so rewarding being a part of a client’s journey and working together to design a home that they will enjoy for years to come.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Gaining a deep understanding of what a client is hoping to achieve is key. Not only listening, but also taking on visual cues from their home to ensure their personality is kept at the centre of the scheme. It’s important to take on any concerns a client may have in order to offer the perfect solution while instilling trust and confidence. I strive to offer something a bit different or ideas that may not have been considered before, without imposing my own tastes.

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

One project that always stands out to me was an independent bookshop with the brief ‘gentlemen’s club meets Harry Potter’. It was fantastic to work with a client with such a strong vision and to have the freedom to really run with it. We sectioned the store using a combination of Green Smoke, India Yellow, and the aptly named Book Room Red, with Studio Green used across the shelving and storefront. Seeing it continue to be enjoyed by so many people is such a pleasure.

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

I see this scheme being used in a kitchen full of personality. Kitchens are the hub of the home and should be injected with the personality of the homeowner! I would take a more unexpected route with the kitchen units in India Yellow, which would sit beautifully with a wooden worktop and brass fixtures. On the walls, Shaded White complements and softens the India Yellow while Railings adds punchy details to the scheme, such as on the windows or on kitchen dining chairs.

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

I love to see that clients are embracing colour and becoming more daring with their home décor. Not just walls but all aspects of a room are being considered, from bolder woodwork colours and finishes to windows, radiators and furniture – everything is given the time and attention it deserves to make the most of its potential.


Caroline Stevens - St Albans

Caroline has been with Farrow and Ball for just over three years, having come from a predominantly retail background with high-end brands. Customer service has always been a  priority for Caroline, who loves getting to know her clients, building relationships, and always aiming to exceed their expectations. Caroline also has experience in visual merchandising, setting up new stores and creating beautiful displays and windows to tempt the customers.

Caroline loves working with the unique colours and their endless combinations at Farrow & Ball , and enjoys the feeling of learning something new every day.


Caroline's Suggested scheme
Peignoir

No.286

Cinder Rose

No.246


Caroline's Suggested scheme
Peignoir

No.286

Cinder Rose

No.246

Five questions with Caroline

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

I really enjoy helping clients create a scheme they really love. Sometimes it can be a scheme already in their mind that just needs bringing to life, or one that had not been considered before. Either way it’s great to feel part of the journey to a finished project, and it’s so rewarding to see photos once the work has been done and hear how happy they are with it.


2.
How do you approach each brief?

Always with an open mind – and never assume! Even though we always ask questions – what the room is used for and when, how they want the room to feel, current and future furniture  – it’s not until you see the rooms that all of those come together. I do like to put some colour ideas together as a starting point and then be guided by the client from there, but I’m always prepared for a change in direction!

 

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

A house that was being totally renovated from top to bottom. When I first saw it, it was a building site but with the help of the client and samples (flooring, kitchen, tiles etc.) we had a starting point. The clients changed their minds about fitted furniture in the bedrooms and office, so we had to re-look at colour in those rooms to see what changes, if any, were needed. The clients kept in contact throughout each stage and we tweaked schemes where necessary. I loved going on the journey with them, from building site to beautiful family home, and seeing how delighted they were with everything.


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

I love all these colours individually, but I also love them together. I think they complement each other beautifully – they’re so soft together. I could see them being used in a bedroom, with wardrobes in Charleston Gray, walls and ceiling in Peignoir, and woodwork in Cinder Rose. Or a feature wall in Cinder Rose and others in Peignoir –  whichever way they are combined they feel warm and relaxing.


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

Bolder kitchens! Whether that means painting kitchen units to update a tired kitchen, which can really transform the room, or choosing colour for new units. Clients are either going bold for the units or island or using the bolder colour on the walls to offset a more neutral unit. This can also create more of a zoned area when used in an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space. Darker blues, greens and greys seem to be the top choices but the possibilities are endless.


Yorkshire


Ann-Marie Morgan - Harrogate

Ann-Marie has worked in the Farrow & Ball Harrogate showroom for seven years and brings with her extensive experience of renovating modern and period properties. She aims to bring both practical and inspiring advice to those who want to incorporate new ideas into their homes but are unsure how to translate them. Often, she draws inspiration from her love of modern and vintage fabrics to add an unexpected element to a scheme.


Ann-Marie's Suggested Scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283


Ann-Marie's Suggested Scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283

Five questions with Ann-Marie

 

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

I enjoy the opportunity to gently nudge clients out of their comfort zone, giving them the confidence to try new ideas but still reflecting their tastes and lifestyles. Each consultancy brings something new and different.

2. How do you approach each brief?

I’m open minded, and through discussion with the client, considering what they want to achieve, plus taking into account the practicalities of the room, aim to give ideas that inspire them. The process varies greatly with each individual and being adaptable is crucial.

 

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

A consultancy in a renovated farmhouse situated in a remote hamlet in the Yorkshire Dales. The client wanted to draw inspiration from the beautiful colours of the surrounding landscape. We used Card Room Green, Blue Gray, Cromarty, Light Blue and Oval Room Blue, punctuated with the soft chalkiness of Shadow White to create a calming weekend retreat.

 

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

I envisage using these colours for the kitchen in an Edwardian house. The Green Smoke on the island adding depth, Drop Cloth on the floor-to-ceiling cabinets for a timeless quality, and Setting Plaster bringing gentle warmth to the walls.

 

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

Increased emphasis on the home office environment and creating work zones, whether a self -contained study, the corner of the landing or an alcove under the stairs. Colours such as Green Smoke, Card Room Green and Inchyra Blue to create a professional backdrop but to flow and not jar with the rest of the house. Railings used on shelving and storage is a popular option, too.

Also, a move away from white woodwork, particularly on staircases and hallways – using colours such as Off Black, Tanner’s Brown and Studio Green on the skirtings, architraves and stairs to create an elegant entrance to a home.


Scotland


Siobhan Doherty - Edinburgh & Glasgow

After graduating from the University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art in 2011 with a BA Hons in Fashion & Textiles, Siobhan moved to Edinburgh, where she began freelancing. Her artistic practice involved setting up and managing her own screen-printing label.

It was then, nine years ago, that Siobhan started working for Farrow & Ball part-time and worked her way up to manager of the Edinburgh Showroom. 

Siobhan has always had a passion for colour, which has really developed since becoming a Colour Consultant five years ago. She says that the thing she loves most about the job is the variety, and that she could never tire of colour and how it reacts to light and architecture.


Siobhan's suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283


Siobhan's suggested scheme
Drop Cloth

No.283

Five questions with Siobhan

 

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

The part I enjoy the most about being a Colour Consultant is being able to suggest new ways of using colour and sharing little hints and tips of how to be clever with it. It is really rewarding to hear how welcomingly received these ideas are.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

I ask lots of questions! I like to be as familiar as I can with how the client wants the space to look and feel. I take into account the aspect of the room, the time of day the room will be used, any pieces of furniture or textiles that will be used, the flooring, etc. Knowing all this information helps me to come up with the best colour options for the space.

 

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

My favourite project so far was helping a client pick a colour scheme for a very quirky hallway in an Old Manse in Fife. The original stained-glass vestibule led to a large internal hallway with a beautiful wooden staircase to the bedrooms above. We opted for a very traditional palette of red based neutrals here. A doorway off the internal hallway led to a little snug christened ‘The Whiskey Room’. It had a wood burner and the walls were covered in art. A corridor continued beyond this room, leading to a back staircase that took you up to the top floor. The corridor had lots of divisions, giving us opportunity to be quirky with wallpaper and paint. We choose the Bumble Bee wallpaper with darker skirting boards. Another little nook at the end of the hallway was painted in Oval Room Blue. The space was bursting full of character!

 

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

Light Blue is my favourite Farrow & Ball shade of all time. I love seeing it used with lots of natural materials such as wood, lush plants and lots of white for a serene, calm ambience. I imagine it being used in a living room with lots of soft linens in sunny shades like honey and rust.

 

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

I am seeing a lot of open-plan kitchens with dark cabinetry. Lots of Railings, Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue with shade of white or pale grey on the walls. 

Some clients are painting the woodwork the same colour as the walls, or painting built-ins or integrated bookcase in the same colour as the walls. I think this is a very smart look at the moment.