You might have heard of Farrow & Ball. If you’re in the middle of a decorating project, installing timber windows in Middlesex and the like, then you’re sure to have come across this particular company… and with good reason!
The brand has been around since 1946, first started in the beautiful county of Dorset by Richard Ball (an engineer who survived capture in the second world war as a prisoner of war) and John Farrow (a trained chemist who during the war worked for Agnew Paints in Ireland).
The two first met at a local clay pit and bonded over their shared love of making stunning colours using the finest of ingredients. Their first factory was built in Verwood in Dorset, supplying paint for the likes of the Admiralty, the War Office, Raleigh Bicycles and the Ford Motor Company.
Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, expanding into artisanal wallpaper production, opening showrooms in London and overseas, and even launching an online interiors magazine The Chromologist.
In 2010, the decision was made to move the brand’s range of oil-based paints to more eco-friendly water-based finishes with low volatile organic compounds. And now, according to the Daily Telegraph, the company has made a few changes to the paint they produce, adding one to 20 per cent more pigment to the tins so they enjoy better coverage and opacity.
Apparently, many a designer in the UK has had a love-hate relationship with Farrow & Ball paint in the past, with some flat out refusing to use it at all, others charging more because it needs extra coats of paint and as such takes a lot longer to apply. When they made the decision to use water-based paint instead of oil-based, the problem got worse – with one decorator even saying that it was like painting with milk!
Now, professionals are reporting back that the addition of extra pigment to the paint has made a big difference so if you have been concerned about using Farrow & Ball paint in the past, it might be time to give it a go and see how it looks at home.
But, of course, it can be very difficult to decide what colour to paint your house in – regardless of the brand of paint you choose. And to help, Farrow & Ball recently launched an in-home colour consultancy that could prove particularly useful if you simply can’t make up your mind about colours.
A consultant will come over to your house to share tailored design advice with you, suggesting a scheme that fits in with your lifestyle and a series of shades that complement the period and style of your property. They’ll also listen to any ideas and inspiration you might have so you know you’ll end up with the house of your dreams – and not someone else’s.