At Home with Joa Studholme and our New Colours

Written on 25th October 2022

Walls: Stirabout No.300, Bookshelf: Bamboozle No.304, Window frame: Beverly No.310, Floor: Hopper Head No.305.

Photographer credit: Kensington Laverne.

There’s no one better to turn to for inspiration than our Colour Curator herself, Joa Studholme. So, with the release of our 11 new colours, we’re doing exactly that. Step inside Joa’s London home as she shows us around her recently redecorated living room.

“I’ve worked with Farrow & Ball for over 25 years and so I’m fully immersed in the world of colour. I love showing people how colour can transform their homes but creating and naming new shades is truly something special.

“This is the seventh set of colours I’ve worked on and this collection feels very timely, as they were created in response to how we use our homes so differently now compared to before the pandemic. The rich tones of Wine Dark and Hopper Head, for example, are designed to create intimate rooms to retire to in the evening – hopefully defining the end of the working day as so many of us now work from home.

“I love making new colours, but I love using them in my home even more!”


Living Room

Walls, ceiling and cornice: Stirabout No.300.

Photographer credit: Kensington Laverne.

“The living room is the biggest and lightest space in the house and I wanted to keep it feeling just that, big and light. It’s a room we use both in the day for work and in the evening for relaxing, so the colours needed careful thought.

“I wanted the room to feel warm, so Stirabout, with its earthy base, is just perfect. I also wanted a colour I could take up the walls, over the cornice and across the ceiling to make the room feel as big as possible, so again, Stirabout was the natural choice. But mainly I chose it because it’s my favourite!”


Bamboozle Bookshelves

Walls: Stirabout No.300, Bookshelf: Bamboozle No.304, Window frame: Beverly No.310, Floor: Hopper Head No.305.

Photographer credit: Kensington Laverne.

“Dramatic Bamboozle is full of spicy spirit and just what I needed to make the living room feel warmer and more intimate at night.

“The amazing red hue makes the walls positively glow but because it is just on the bookcase, it doesn’t overwhelm. In fact, we generally sit with our backs to the bookcase but when you do see it, you can’t help but smile.”


Window Frames

Walls: Stirabout No.300, Window frame: Beverly No.310, Floor: Hopper Head No.305.

Photographer credit: Kensington Laverne.

“I have long favoured the technique of using a stronger colour on the woodwork and a lighter colour on the walls because of how it makes spaces look bigger (because you have the lightest colour on the biggest surface).

“In this case, I also wanted to add a period feel and create a connection with the garden that we love so much. Beverly on the window frames looks especially green in daylight, so sits perfectly amongst the trees, and has a delightfully historic feel. It ticks every box! And like the friend it was named after, it has a reassuring presence.”

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