Walls: Cromarty No.285; Headboard: Blue Gray No.91 | Photographer: Nicolas Matheus
Name and number: Cromarty No.285
Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones
Complementary White: Shadow White
For Scottish residents or dedicated listeners of the Shipping Forecast – a late-night staple of British broadcasting used to warn sailors about impending storms – the name Cromarty will be very familiar. For everyone else, here’s a little background on one of our most popular shades.
Cromarty’s namesake is the Cromarty Firth, an estuary in northern Scotland famed for its swirling mists and mentioned on the Shipping Forecast every day. A complex blend of green and grey, this atmospheric colour conjures up the feeling of stormy seas and salty air.
Fun fact: The entrance to the Cromarty Firth is marked by the ‘Sutors of Cromarty’. These two headlands are the subject of local legend; the story goes they were home to two giant sutors – or shoemakers – who used to throw tools to one another across the water.
HOW TO USE CROMARTY
One of the easiest places to start when creating a scheme is with complementary neutrals. As Cromarty features a generous helping of grey, pair it with other neutrals that also have a grey touch, like Shaded White and Shadow White, to create a relaxed space.
Cromarty can also be a great addition to a bolder, colour-led palette. For a cosy, intimate space, try pairing it with Green Smoke and Salon Drab.
SEE HOW IT’S DONE
One of the best ways to find colour inspiration is through your fellow décor lovers. See how our users have brought an understated elegance to their walls, woodwork and furniture with Cromarty.