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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Erik Runner

Growing up in an art-filled home surrounded by colour, and having studied art and architecture alongside history and languages at Washington & Lee University, Erik has long held a passion for colour and design.

He began his 30-year career in retail focusing on high-end gifts and home décor, and came to Farrow & Ball in 2014 as Showroom Manager for Los Angeles. He joined the colour consultancy program a few years later, and has enjoyed bringing his expertise into his clients’ homes ever since.


Erik's suggested scheme
Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31


Erik's suggested scheme
Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31

Five questions with Erik

 

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

Helping my clients achieve the spaces they envision for their homes by curating a custom palette of colour, finish and pattern.


2. How do you approach each brief?

First and foremost, I like to work with each client to understand who they are and what their vision is. After that, it’s very methodical. I consider myself a problem solver, and the next thing I like to establish is a clear idea of the problems each project presents and an understanding of any obstacles I might encounter in my search for solutions.


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

I helped the designer and owner of an exclusive private club design three distinct spaces in a 1940s Hollywood Regency townhouse. We played with deep, smoky Paean Black in various glosses for the Poker Room, intensely earthy Tanner’s Brown for the Game Room, then moved to a cooler, softer palette inspired by Dior’s signature grey for the twin salons, which combined Manor House Gray and Wevet. The overall effect was uncompromisingly chic.


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

I created this colour scheme with an elegant, modern dining room in mind, one that backs out onto woodland. Ammonite has been chosen for the trim and ceiling, the latter to be painted in Full Gloss to reflect the beautiful vistas outside, and mimic its silvery green tones. To keep the focus on the statement ceiling, I’ve chosen a shade with a slight tonal difference, Cornforth White, for the walls.

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

Dark, bold colours are definitely being incorporated into more and more homes these days, but not just as feature walls – entire rooms are becoming sanctuaries where the homeowners can indulge their love of rich, enveloping colour. Hallways are often treated as galleries and given a special, more intense colour to differentiate them from the rest of the home.


Julie Grisham

With a background in the arts, Julie has always had a passion for colour and its psychology, specifically how the colours we surround ourselves with can affect our daily moods and emotions.

A Mississippi native, Julie began living in New York in 2012, finally joining the Brooklyn team in the fall of 2017. Since then, her relationship with colour has flourished, and she enjoys creating unique, tailored combinations for each client. It’s an imperative part of Julie’s work to ensure that clients are just as passionate and confident about the colours they choose as she is.


Julie's Suggested Scheme
Shouchikubai

BP 4502

Treron

No.292


Julie's Suggested Scheme
Shouchikubai

BP 4502

Treron

No.292

Five questions with Julie

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

The most rewarding part of being a Colour Consultant is experiencing the joy my clients feel after the selections are finalized, the painting is complete, and they’re finally beginning to relax into and enjoy their newly painted, rejuvenated space.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Each brief has to be approached slightly differently to accommodate each client, but the essentials are the same. Get to know them a little – their relationship with colour, decorating style, goals for the appointment – and then prepare as much as needed. Some clients have a destination in mind from the start, some want to be taken on a journey. It’s important to listen carefully to the client’s needs and then work forward from there.

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

It was especially cool getting to do a colour consultation in an apartment inside the famous Dakota Building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The clients were pleasantly open to exploring bold colour choices for the iconic space, and we came up with an eclectic and visually appetizing scheme for each individual room. Ultimately, we created a palette that made the space feel like a treasure chest, revealing an enchanting new artifact around each corner.

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

Shouchikubai is my favorite wallpaper pattern and one that works for so many tastes and spaces. Being fairly bold, I wanted to pair it with a soft off-white option – our gorgeous Slipper Satin – on the ceiling. I also wanted to add an unexpected shade, Treron, which could make for an interesting contrast on moldings and doors. For me, there are no rules to decorating, other than finding colour combinations that just feel “right”.

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

Brooklyn clients, in particular, are starting to lean more into bold colour choices, including some of our darkest shades – Down Pipe, Railings and Hague Blue are very popular for apartment walls in both large and small spaces, including bedrooms. A lot of clients are painting white walls for the first time and seem to want to select something that will most dramatically transform areas that have become increasingly uninspiring over time.


Jet Patterson

Jet joined Farrow & Ball in June 2016, and is currently a Colour Consultant for the Berkeley Showroom, serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Jet has more than 20 years of experience helping people with their colour and décor choices, and an innate love of architecture and design fostered by her travels through Europe.

A graduate of FIDM Interior Design School and Cal State University, and an accredited past member of the International Society of Art Appraisers, she believes in keeping the philosophies of Feng Shui and colour psychology at the forefront of her consultations.


Jet's Suggested Scheme
Dimity

No.2008

YUKUTORI

BP 4306


Jet's Suggested Scheme
Dimity

No.2008

YUKUTORI

BP 4306

Five questions with Jet



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

My passion for colour began as a little girl watching my mother paint, and I feel lucky to be able to help other people discover that love themselves, especially when it means creating a palette that makes them feel happy in their home. I love to provide clients with thoughtful colour choices that reflect their lifestyle both aesthetically and functionally.


2. How do you approach each brief?

I begin each brief with a question to my client: how would they describe their vision for their home, and how would they like their space to ultimately feel? Colour consultation is a wholly collaborative process, so starting as you mean to go on is very important.

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

It’s so difficult for me to choose my favourite project as there have been so many fun ones, and each home has its own unique personality, but I will say that I’ve really come to enjoy the challenge of creating exterior colour schemes that showcase a home’s curb appeal.

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

I enjoy the understated elegance of this particular palette – it’s modern, warm and sophisticated. Dimity and Dead Salmon are such complex shades, and the way they change throughout the day is magical. This version of our Yukutori wallpaper features the delicate birds in a pewter metallic on a background of Jitney, where they appear to shimmer across the space. This is a relaxed palette that evokes calm and comfort, perfect as a sophisticated master bedroom scheme.


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

For my most recent clients, whites and light neutral tones are trending throughout the main areas of the house with small introductions of mid tones in more specific areas. And wallpaper! More and more clients are incorporating wallpaper into their schemes for a more customised look – they particularly love the new metallics.


Kathryn Barnard

Prior to joining Farrow & Ball two years ago, Kathryn spent 35 years working in the commercial design profession, acting as Director of Interior Design for two large international architecture and design firms in Washington.

Kathryn’s strengths include the development of strong client relationships and working with staff to promote design excellence. Kathryn has won numerous design awards and is known for her skilful use of colour.


Kathryn's Suggested Scheme
Hegemone

BP 5705

All White

No.2005


Kathryn's Suggested Scheme
Hegemone

BP 5705

All White

No.2005

Five questions with Kathryn

 

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

My favourite aspect of being a Colour Consultant is meeting people in their own environment and helping them realize their project goals. It’s personally fulfilling for me when a client circles back to tell me how much I helped them and how delighted they are with the outcome.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Before visiting, I discuss what the project parameters are – finding out the square footage, whether it’s an entire interior or exterior, specific rooms, or a combination. I’ll also ask about their aesthetic, and if they prefer neutral, warm, cool or dramatic colours. At the consultation, I do a visual inspection and take my cue from the architecture, existing furniture, art, rugs and the natural and ambient lighting conditions, before making recommendations based on those factors.

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

I’ve enjoyed every one of my projects, so it’s tough to pick a favourite. However, I particularly enjoyed a recent colour consultation on a rowhouse in Washington, DC. The client has a fabulous art collection and bohemian style, and she wanted to see unique combination of colours on walls and ceilings. Among her options were Pelt with Bancha, India Yellow with Bancha, and Preference Red with Hague Blue – all super fun and bold pairings.

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

I developed my scheme for a breakfast room renovation in a modern home. It’s bright and fresh, and provides for a playful element in a space that might otherwise be austere. I chose to utilize one wallcovering and two paint colours – Hegemone BP 5705, Churlish Green for built in millwork units, and All White for base, trim, doors and ceiling.

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

Many people start by saying that they don’t want to use greys, but they always find a way into suggested palettes! I’ve noticed lately that people are trending towards neutrals like Shadow White, Shaded White and Slipper Satin, and the deeper tones of Charleston Gray and Down Pipe, as well as Pigeon, Pink Ground and Setting Plaster.

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

Book Your Consultancy


Erik Runner

Growing up in an art-filled home surrounded by colour, and having studied art and architecture alongside history and languages at Washington & Lee University, Erik has long held a passion for colour and design.

He began his 30-year career in retail focusing on high-end gifts and home décor, and came to Farrow & Ball in 2014 as Showroom Manager for Los Angeles. He joined the colour consultancy program a few years later, and has enjoyed bringing his expertise into his clients’ homes ever since.


Erik's suggested scheme
Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31

Erik's suggested scheme
Ammonite

No.274

Railings

No.31

Five questions with Erik

 

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

Helping my clients achieve the spaces they envision for their homes by curating a custom palette of colour, finish and pattern.


2. How do you approach each brief?

First and foremost, I like to work with each client to understand who they are and what their vision is. After that, it’s very methodical. I consider myself a problem solver, and the next thing I like to establish is a clear idea of the problems each project presents and an understanding of any obstacles I might encounter in my search for solutions.


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

I helped the designer and owner of an exclusive private club design three distinct spaces in a 1940s Hollywood Regency townhouse. We played with deep, smoky Paean Black in various glosses for the Poker Room, intensely earthy Tanner’s Brown for the Game Room, then moved to a cooler, softer palette inspired by Dior’s signature grey for the twin salons, which combined Manor House Gray and Wevet. The overall effect was uncompromisingly chic.


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

I created this colour scheme with an elegant, modern dining room in mind, one that backs out onto woodland. Ammonite has been chosen for the trim and ceiling, the latter to be painted in Full Gloss to reflect the beautiful vistas outside, and mimic its silvery green tones. To keep the focus on the statement ceiling, I’ve chosen a shade with a slight tonal difference, Cornforth White, for the walls.

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

Dark, bold colours are definitely being incorporated into more and more homes these days, but not just as feature walls – entire rooms are becoming sanctuaries where the homeowners can indulge their love of rich, enveloping colour. Hallways are often treated as galleries and given a special, more intense colour to differentiate them from the rest of the home.


Julie Grisham

With a background in the arts, Julie has always had a passion for colour and its psychology, specifically how the colours we surround ourselves with can affect our daily moods and emotions.

A Mississippi native, Julie began living in New York in 2012, finally joining the Brooklyn team in the fall of 2017. Since then, her relationship with colour has flourished, and she enjoys creating unique, tailored combinations for each client. It’s an imperative part of Julie’s work to ensure that clients are just as passionate and confident about the colours they choose as she is.


Julie's Suggested Scheme
Shouchikubai

BP 4502

Treron

No.292

Julie's Suggested Scheme
Shouchikubai

BP 4502

Treron

No.292

Five questions with Julie

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

The most rewarding part of being a Colour Consultant is experiencing the joy my clients feel after the selections are finalized, the painting is complete, and they’re finally beginning to relax into and enjoy their newly painted, rejuvenated space.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Each brief has to be approached slightly differently to accommodate each client, but the essentials are the same. Get to know them a little – their relationship with colour, decorating style, goals for the appointment – and then prepare as much as needed. Some clients have a destination in mind from the start, some want to be taken on a journey. It’s important to listen carefully to the client’s needs and then work forward from there.

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

It was especially cool getting to do a colour consultation in an apartment inside the famous Dakota Building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The clients were pleasantly open to exploring bold colour choices for the iconic space, and we came up with an eclectic and visually appetizing scheme for each individual room. Ultimately, we created a palette that made the space feel like a treasure chest, revealing an enchanting new artifact around each corner.

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

Shouchikubai is my favorite wallpaper pattern and one that works for so many tastes and spaces. Being fairly bold, I wanted to pair it with a soft off-white option – our gorgeous Slipper Satin – on the ceiling. I also wanted to add an unexpected shade, Treron, which could make for an interesting contrast on moldings and doors. For me, there are no rules to decorating, other than finding colour combinations that just feel “right”.

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

Brooklyn clients, in particular, are starting to lean more into bold colour choices, including some of our darkest shades – Down Pipe, Railings and Hague Blue are very popular for apartment walls in both large and small spaces, including bedrooms. A lot of clients are painting white walls for the first time and seem to want to select something that will most dramatically transform areas that have become increasingly uninspiring over time.


Jet Patterson

Jet joined Farrow & Ball in June 2016, and is currently a Colour Consultant for the Berkeley Showroom, serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Jet has more than 20 years of experience helping people with their colour and décor choices, and an innate love of architecture and design fostered by her travels through Europe.

A graduate of FIDM Interior Design School and Cal State University, and an accredited past member of the International Society of Art Appraisers, she believes in keeping the philosophies of Feng Shui and colour psychology at the forefront of her consultations.


Jet's Suggested Scheme
Dimity

No.2008

YUKUTORI

BP 4306

Jet's Suggested Scheme
Dimity

No.2008

YUKUTORI

BP 4306

Five questions with Jet



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

My passion for colour began as a little girl watching my mother paint, and I feel lucky to be able to help other people discover that love themselves, especially when it means creating a palette that makes them feel happy in their home. I love to provide clients with thoughtful colour choices that reflect their lifestyle both aesthetically and functionally.


2. How do you approach each brief?

I begin each brief with a question to my client: how would they describe their vision for their home, and how would they like their space to ultimately feel? Colour consultation is a wholly collaborative process, so starting as you mean to go on is very important.

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

It’s so difficult for me to choose my favourite project as there have been so many fun ones, and each home has its own unique personality, but I will say that I’ve really come to enjoy the challenge of creating exterior colour schemes that showcase a home’s curb appeal.

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

I enjoy the understated elegance of this particular palette – it’s modern, warm and sophisticated. Dimity and Dead Salmon are such complex shades, and the way they change throughout the day is magical. This version of our Yukutori wallpaper features the delicate birds in a pewter metallic on a background of Jitney, where they appear to shimmer across the space. This is a relaxed palette that evokes calm and comfort, perfect as a sophisticated master bedroom scheme.


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

For my most recent clients, whites and light neutral tones are trending throughout the main areas of the house with small introductions of mid tones in more specific areas. And wallpaper! More and more clients are incorporating wallpaper into their schemes for a more customised look – they particularly love the new metallics.


Kathryn Barnard

Prior to joining Farrow & Ball two years ago, Kathryn spent 35 years working in the commercial design profession, acting as Director of Interior Design for two large international architecture and design firms in Washington.

Kathryn’s strengths include the development of strong client relationships and working with staff to promote design excellence. Kathryn has won numerous design awards and is known for her skilful use of colour.


Kathryn's Suggested Scheme
Hegemone

BP 5705

All White

No.2005

Kathryn's Suggested Scheme
Hegemone

BP 5705

All White

No.2005

Five questions with Kathryn

 

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

My favourite aspect of being a Colour Consultant is meeting people in their own environment and helping them realize their project goals. It’s personally fulfilling for me when a client circles back to tell me how much I helped them and how delighted they are with the outcome.

2. How do you approach each brief?

Before visiting, I discuss what the project parameters are – finding out the square footage, whether it’s an entire interior or exterior, specific rooms, or a combination. I’ll also ask about their aesthetic, and if they prefer neutral, warm, cool or dramatic colours. At the consultation, I do a visual inspection and take my cue from the architecture, existing furniture, art, rugs and the natural and ambient lighting conditions, before making recommendations based on those factors.

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

I’ve enjoyed every one of my projects, so it’s tough to pick a favourite. However, I particularly enjoyed a recent colour consultation on a rowhouse in Washington, DC. The client has a fabulous art collection and bohemian style, and she wanted to see unique combination of colours on walls and ceilings. Among her options were Pelt with Bancha, India Yellow with Bancha, and Preference Red with Hague Blue – all super fun and bold pairings.

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

I developed my scheme for a breakfast room renovation in a modern home. It’s bright and fresh, and provides for a playful element in a space that might otherwise be austere. I chose to utilize one wallcovering and two paint colours – Hegemone BP 5705, Churlish Green for built in millwork units, and All White for base, trim, doors and ceiling.

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

Many people start by saying that they don’t want to use greys, but they always find a way into suggested palettes! I’ve noticed lately that people are trending towards neutrals like Shadow White, Shaded White and Slipper Satin, and the deeper tones of Charleston Gray and Down Pipe, as well as Pigeon, Pink Ground and Setting Plaster.

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