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

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Patrick O'Donnell

Having worked in the creative industry for the last 30 years – and covered everything from film and television to specialist painting and floristry in the process – Patrick moved to Farrow & Ball back in 2012, first running our global Colour Consultancy service, and then stepping into his current role of Brand Ambassador. To Patrick, the sheer variety of the job is what makes it so exhilarating, from working with some of his design heroes to helping many people achieve their dream home through colour.

Please note: Patrick is kindly lending his considerable expertise as a former Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant to our new virtual service while we work to get things up and running. Most of the time you’ll find him acting as our Brand Ambassador and star of our Instagram stories. For more on Patrick, head over to The Chromologist.

Patrick's suggested scheme

Five questions with Patrick

 

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

Primarily, the job is about guidance and editing – trying to demystify colour and helping to create balance and cohesion in a project. The other element is helping people feel more comfortable with colour. It’s really hard for most people to see how colour can transform a space, or to have the vision to see an unfinished room as it could be, hence most people sit in the comfort zone of neutrals. My job is to try and lift people out of the ‘safe space’ of off whites!

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listen to the client! Through conversation and dialogue, you start to understand quite quickly how far one can go with a colour palette. Look around you, absorb existing fixtures and fittings, and understand how people live and use their homes. This is even more pertinent now as we are using our homes in a different way, and also working from home, which will inevitably be the new norm.

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

I’ve had so many that have been fun and joyful so it’s hard to pick just one! It’s so lovely when your client sends images of the completed work, so primarily, the favourite jobs are the ones where the clients have achieved their perfect interiors.

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 grown-up sitting room, using a strong palette of blues and browns (my favourite colour groups). I see this space layered with lots of art and country house condition ‘brown furniture’. Other colours are introduced through fabric and textiles, such as flame stitch-weave sofas, gently faded Persian rugs and a blend of small-print weaves and textured cloth in the form of upholstery and curtains, A good room is the sum of many parts!

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

People are being more adventurous with colour, from smoky dark tones to pleasingly nostalgic pastels. We are slowly moving away from the grey palette of the last five years and looking for colours that cocoon us and feel welcoming. Bravo to that.

Anne-Marie Leigh

Having been at Farrow & Ball for nine years, Anne-Marie loves inspiring people with colour in her role as a Colour Consultant.

Following a career in advertising and marketing, she retrained at KLC in interior design and really enjoys helping people to put individual, timeless designs together for their homes. Whether they love bold colours, calm neutrals, or anything in between, Anne-Marie believes that Farrow & Ball has a palette to suit everyone.

Anne-Marie's suggested scheme

Five questions with Anne-Marie

 

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

I think one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is helping people when they are working on large refurbishments and are having difficulty making decisions. Invariably they have been working on the project for months and have made so many decisions that they really need help for the last, really important, exciting bit – colour! You can see the delight on their faces and it’s a great feeling to know how much your input has really helped – one client even cried (tears of joy!).

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

It’s imperative to listen and understand what the client is wanting to achieve. Design and colour are very personal and each home and client is different. I always aim to give the client colour options that will enhance their space and also reflect their individual style.

 

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

Each project is great but one that really stands out for me is the refurbishment of a Victorian Manor House. In two and a half hours, we managed to cover most of the house. It was quite involved as there were a lot of internal architectural elements to consider!

 

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

School House White is a soft neutral white with a slight hint of green, so it’s perfect for a ceiling teamed with Oval Room Blue on the walls. This is a gorgeous historic colour that’s perfectly on trend teamed with a rich jewel colour – such as Pelt – on a piece of furniture. The scheme would have the same colour on the walls and woodwork, which is a really lovely contemporary way of decorating that also maximises the space. It also ensures that you don’t have a ‘white stripe’ around the room when using such a bold colour.

This scheme would look great in a dining room, especially lit by the warm glow of candles in the evening, giving the room lots of depth and interest.

 

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

Recently I have been seeing that people are moving away from ‘greige’ and are becoming braver with colour, whether that means considering bolder, darker colours or decorating techniques such as colour blocking – it’s an exciting world to be part of.

Sara Lake

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!

Sharon Sands

After working as a money market dealer in the City for 12 years, Sharon had a career change and went to work within the Interior Design Department at Harrods. She joined Farrow & Ball in 2009 and became a Colour Consultant when the scheme was launched in 2011.

Working at Farrow & Ball allows Sharon to live vicariously through her clients. Her own home is constantly changing colour and helping others to achieve their desired look, working within their given architecture and light conditions, gives her immense satisfaction.

Sharon's suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Lotus

BP 20-57

Five questions with Sharon

 

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

I love demonstrating how colour and the considered use of neutrals can transform a space. I never know what’s going to come up next. It could be a hall house, a Georgian townhouse, a new-build or an ultra-modern glass structure.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

I look at the client’s architecture and light conditions and consider their own thoughts and ideas about how they use the space and how they would like the area to look. I then work within their parameters but always try to add something they may not have thought of. I definitely like to push the boundaries! I often make up mini moodboards to send to my clients during our meeting so they can visualise my proposals.

 

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

Choosing just one project is always difficult as there have been so many amazing properties over the years. My favourite is usually the one I am currently working on. Perhaps one of the most challenging and ultimately satisfying projects was a huge portion of Leeds Castle in Kent, which involved a four-hour visit.

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

I can see this scheme working beautifully in a multi-use living area – one that has to function for older children or teenagers as well as adults. The trick would be to keep the flow between areas so that they have their own distinct styles but also feel subtly cohesive. I would use Railings on all the walls in the grown-up half of the room and Parma Gray on the teenage part, with a feature wall in the Lotus wallpaper. Skirting in both rooms would be kept in Railings to unify the two areas.


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

I am finding I now rarely suggest feature walls in a solid colour but that feature walls in wallpaper are still popular and work well. More and more I am using colour blocking as an alternative to the feature wall or just injecting colour in window reveals or on the woodwork.

Ann-Marie Morgan

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.

Flick Smith

Flick has worked with Farrow & Ball for the past nine years and was on board with the colour consultancy service when it first began. Her passion for colour started when her father painted their living room a colour akin to Charlotte’s Locks back in the 1970s. Flick attended Chelsea School of Art and St Martins School of Art, and worked for many years as a graphic designer and book designer before retraining as an interior designer. However, her passion always remained with the colour elements of interiors, and so taking on the role of Colour Consultant felt like destiny!

Flick's Suggested Scheme
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!

Jill Hazelgrove

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

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

JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

Five questions with Jill



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

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


2. How do you approach each brief?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Scott Silcox

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

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

Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Five questions with Scott

 

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

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


2. How do you approach each brief?

With an open mind, and a large flat white!


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

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


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

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

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

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

Julie Beddow

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

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

Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Five questions with Julie

 

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

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

2. How do you approach each brief?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Patrick O'Donnell

Having worked in the creative industry for the last 30 years – and covered everything from film and television to specialist painting and floristry in the process – Patrick moved to Farrow & Ball back in 2012, first running our global Colour Consultancy service, and then stepping into his current role of Brand Ambassador. To Patrick, the sheer variety of the job is what makes it so exhilarating, from working with some of his design heroes to helping many people achieve their dream home through colour.

Please note: Patrick is kindly lending his considerable expertise as a former Farrow & Ball Colour Consultant to our new virtual service while we work to get things up and running. Most of the time you’ll find him acting as our Brand Ambassador and star of our Instagram stories. For more on Patrick, head over to The Chromologist.


Patrick's suggested scheme
Pantalon

No.221


Patrick's suggested scheme
Pantalon

No.221

Five questions with Patrick

 

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

Primarily, the job is about guidance and editing – trying to demystify colour and helping to create balance and cohesion in a project. The other element is helping people feel more comfortable with colour. It’s really hard for most people to see how colour can transform a space, or to have the vision to see an unfinished room as it could be, hence most people sit in the comfort zone of neutrals. My job is to try and lift people out of the ‘safe space’ of off whites!

2. How do you approach each brief?

Listen to the client! Through conversation and dialogue, you start to understand quite quickly how far one can go with a colour palette. Look around you, absorb existing fixtures and fittings, and understand how people live and use their homes. This is even more pertinent now as we are using our homes in a different way, and also working from home, which will inevitably be the new norm.

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

I’ve had so many that have been fun and joyful so it’s hard to pick just one! It’s so lovely when your client sends images of the completed work, so primarily, the favourite jobs are the ones where the clients have achieved their perfect interiors.

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 grown-up sitting room, using a strong palette of blues and browns (my favourite colour groups). I see this space layered with lots of art and country house condition ‘brown furniture’. Other colours are introduced through fabric and textiles, such as flame stitch-weave sofas, gently faded Persian rugs and a blend of small-print weaves and textured cloth in the form of upholstery and curtains, A good room is the sum of many parts!

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

People are being more adventurous with colour, from smoky dark tones to pleasingly nostalgic pastels. We are slowly moving away from the grey palette of the last five years and looking for colours that cocoon us and feel welcoming. Bravo to that.

Anne-Marie Leigh

Having been at Farrow & Ball for nine years, Anne-Marie loves inspiring people with colour in her role as a Colour Consultant.

Following a career in advertising and marketing, she retrained at KLC in interior design and really enjoys helping people to put individual, timeless designs together for their homes. Whether they love bold colours, calm neutrals, or anything in between, Anne-Marie believes that Farrow & Ball has a palette to suit everyone.


Anne-Marie's suggested scheme
Pelt

No.254


Anne-Marie's suggested scheme
Pelt

No.254

Five questions with Anne-Marie

 

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

I think one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is helping people when they are working on large refurbishments and are having difficulty making decisions. Invariably they have been working on the project for months and have made so many decisions that they really need help for the last, really important, exciting bit – colour! You can see the delight on their faces and it’s a great feeling to know how much your input has really helped – one client even cried (tears of joy!).

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

It’s imperative to listen and understand what the client is wanting to achieve. Design and colour are very personal and each home and client is different. I always aim to give the client colour options that will enhance their space and also reflect their individual style.

 

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

Each project is great but one that really stands out for me is the refurbishment of a Victorian Manor House. In two and a half hours, we managed to cover most of the house. It was quite involved as there were a lot of internal architectural elements to consider!

 

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

School House White is a soft neutral white with a slight hint of green, so it’s perfect for a ceiling teamed with Oval Room Blue on the walls. This is a gorgeous historic colour that’s perfectly on trend teamed with a rich jewel colour – such as Pelt – on a piece of furniture. The scheme would have the same colour on the walls and woodwork, which is a really lovely contemporary way of decorating that also maximises the space. It also ensures that you don’t have a ‘white stripe’ around the room when using such a bold colour.

This scheme would look great in a dining room, especially lit by the warm glow of candles in the evening, giving the room lots of depth and interest.

 

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

Recently I have been seeing that people are moving away from ‘greige’ and are becoming braver with colour, whether that means considering bolder, darker colours or decorating techniques such as colour blocking – it’s an exciting world to be part of.

Sara Lake

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!

Sharon Sands

After working as a money market dealer in the City for 12 years, Sharon had a career change and went to work within the Interior Design Department at Harrods. She joined Farrow & Ball in 2009 and became a Colour Consultant when the scheme was launched in 2011.

Working at Farrow & Ball allows Sharon to live vicariously through her clients. Her own home is constantly changing colour and helping others to achieve their desired look, working within their given architecture and light conditions, gives her immense satisfaction.


Sharon's suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Lotus

BP 20-57


Sharon's suggested scheme
Railings

No.31

Lotus

BP 20-57

Five questions with Sharon

 

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

I love demonstrating how colour and the considered use of neutrals can transform a space. I never know what’s going to come up next. It could be a hall house, a Georgian townhouse, a new-build or an ultra-modern glass structure.

 

2. How do you approach each brief?

I look at the client’s architecture and light conditions and consider their own thoughts and ideas about how they use the space and how they would like the area to look. I then work within their parameters but always try to add something they may not have thought of. I definitely like to push the boundaries! I often make up mini moodboards to send to my clients during our meeting so they can visualise my proposals.

 

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

Choosing just one project is always difficult as there have been so many amazing properties over the years. My favourite is usually the one I am currently working on. Perhaps one of the most challenging and ultimately satisfying projects was a huge portion of Leeds Castle in Kent, which involved a four-hour visit.

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

I can see this scheme working beautifully in a multi-use living area – one that has to function for older children or teenagers as well as adults. The trick would be to keep the flow between areas so that they have their own distinct styles but also feel subtly cohesive. I would use Railings on all the walls in the grown-up half of the room and Parma Gray on the teenage part, with a feature wall in the Lotus wallpaper. Skirting in both rooms would be kept in Railings to unify the two areas.


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

I am finding I now rarely suggest feature walls in a solid colour but that feature walls in wallpaper are still popular and work well. More and more I am using colour blocking as an alternative to the feature wall or just injecting colour in window reveals or on the woodwork.

Ann-Marie Morgan

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.

Flick Smith

Flick has worked with Farrow & Ball for the past nine years and was on board with the colour consultancy service when it first began. Her passion for colour started when her father painted their living room a colour akin to Charlotte’s Locks back in the 1970s. Flick attended Chelsea School of Art and St Martins School of Art, and worked for many years as a graphic designer and book designer before retraining as an interior designer. However, her passion always remained with the colour elements of interiors, and so taking on the role of Colour Consultant felt like destiny!


Flick's Suggested Scheme
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!

Jill Hazelgrove

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

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


JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277


JILL's Suggested Scheme
Skylight

No.205

Dimpse

No.277

Five questions with Jill



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

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


2. How do you approach each brief?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Scott Silcox

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

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


Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57


Scott's suggested scheme
Strong White

No.2001

Off-Black

No.57

Five questions with Scott

 

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

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


2. How do you approach each brief?

With an open mind, and a large flat white!


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

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


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

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

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

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

Julie Beddow

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

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


Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010


Julie's Suggested Scheme
MIZZLE

No.266

HORNBEAM

BP 5003

JAMES WHITE

No.2010

Five questions with Julie

 

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

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

2. How do you approach each brief?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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