Thursday 14 October 2010

Farrow and Ball Light Blue: Case study:

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

I've had so many enquiries about our Master Bedroom wall colour that I thought I'd give the answer with it's very own post, featuring our bedroom and also other rooms I've sourced to give you the very best idea of how Farrow and Ball Light Blue plays out on the walls.

Farrow and Ball Light Blue front door
Farrow and Ball Light Blue Front Door In The Sun

I'm guessing this is in full sun because the Farrow and Ball Light Blue door looks so pale....

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

I always look at as many images as I can (isn't the Internet great?!) when choosing a potential paint colour to give me as little chance as possible of a nasty surprise. It's astonishing how much some colours change from the paint chart to the wall, or even from room to room. These images show how Farrow and Ball Light Blue really looks...

Farrow & Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

The colour I chose for the Master Bedroom is.............drum roll, if you please.......Farrow and Ball's Light Blue.  I feel a short pause for applause would be appropriate here.... 

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

The names of Farrow and Ball's paints sometimes need to be taken with a pinch of salt and this is certainly a case in point. Yes, it is Light and yes, it does have a hint of Blue but is has SO much grey in it, as well as a touch of green that calling the colour plain old Light Blue just doesn't do it justice. 

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen

There are plenty of images out there but some seem to have distorted the colour somehow so I haven't included those. The images I've found for you are the ones that I felt show the best representation of how Farrow and Ball Light Blue actually looks to the naked eye.

Ooooh, I said naked.

Farrow and Ball Light Blue bedroom
Farrow and Ball Light Blue bedroom

A small tester square gives no hint of how beautiful this colour is. Farrow and Ball Light Blue builds up in intensity in the corners of a room, yet reflects the light beautifully when given a chance.

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

 Not many colours can be cool and restful yet warm and cosy at the same time but this one can. I think it's safe to say that Farrow and Ball Light Blue  my all time number one supremo favouritest colour evah!

Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue bedroom you like it?

Question for today: 

What is your favourite paint colour? I think colour choice says so much about people so I'd love to hear.....
Farrow and Ball Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Light Blue

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Claire Potter said...

My favourite colour is pale olive green. So what does that say about me?!

mette said...

Hi! I promised yesterday to visit your blog-and here I am! Probably you already know that interior decoration is close to my heart too. Earlier I bought interior design magazines, nowadays I try to buy books.
You have a beautiful project going on. The bedroom looks absolutely great! Your blog looks so interesting! Oh- the color. In interior decoration? There is not only l.gray; I like the colors of wine, and naturally white too!

liz @ designing domesticity said...

I'm a lover of a harvest yellow. I try to stray, but I always come back. I have three rooms in my home all in various harvest yellows - I might be adddicted!I love the light grey blues that I see around, but I just can't seem to pull the trigger. liz

michelle said...

I love the color that you chose for you room! It is so light and airy and yet has a warm feeling to it with various tints to it! Right now I am a little addicted to the color Wood Smoke! :) However, your color is similar to the color that is on the bottom portion of my cabinets in the kitchen. It is called Tranquil Pond.
Love you room!!!

Blissful & Domestic said...

What beautiful pictures. That kitchen sink is to die for. I love those sinks. They just are beautiful. Thank you for your comment. And yes I do live such a glamorous life..ha ha...just kidding I guess it depends on your definition of glamorous. I do love Vegas though. There is a lot you can do here for not very little if you research it.Hope you are having a wonderful day:>


Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I used to be a fan of very bright, bold colours like turquoise or a deep pink. At the moment, I'm liking more muted colours - pale greyish greens are nice, or just plain and simple white!

Ryland Peters & Small & CICO Books said...

You are in good company! The author of Farrow & Ball Living with Colour has used light blue in all her homes and she praises its subtlety. There is an interview with Ros on our blog.

Holly said...

That is a fabulous color! Yikes! I just looked at their website and in American dollars a gallon is $125!

One of my favorite paint colors is Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware; it is actually somewhat similar to Light Blue and changes dramatically in different light.

Raine and Sage said...

Gorgeous bathroom, it definitely looks relaxing and tranquil. I can never choose just one colour. For inside my house though walls it would be white mainly. I do love a restful blue-grey for the bedroom.
Although sometimes a sleek taupe works well... I'll stop now. :)

re:Inspire said...

I am drooling over this paint color...this is now my favorite! I was in love with Silver Sage by Benjamin Moore...this is very similar!! LOVE LOVE it!

A Perfect Gray said...

that is an awesome color....and isn't it wild how drastic a color can change in different lights?

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

Love the color you chose. It comes out perfect in every picture, especially the ones that look gray. I personally love green, yellow and red, but since they're really hard to get the right tone in paint, I use them for accents instead.

Your master bedroom is beautiful.

Greta said...

I love this color!!!! It is gorgeous. I was thinking gray for our eventual master bedroom renovation...but maybe light blue???

I'm your newest follower, as I love the modern country style you have. :)


Greta said...

I love this color!!!! It is gorgeous. I was thinking gray for our eventual master bedroom renovation...but maybe light blue???

I'm your newest follower, as I love the modern country style you have. :)


Anonymous said...

I'm a Sage Green kinda girl myself! I love it!

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vosgesparis said...

It certainly is a shade of grey I like ;)

Unknown said...

New follower and looking forward to it!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post. I'm following you and invite you to visit my blog and do likewise.

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

I'm jealous it's nearly impossible to get ahold of F&B paint in Indianapolis! The nearest place is Chicago! The color is beautiful!

Jacqui said...

Hello! I am your newest follower from another blog hop. I'd love it if you would follow back at one or all three of my blogs.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Anestazia said...

For me, it'd probably be grey. (Sounds boring, I know... but I'm going through a grey phase and that's my favorite color right now!) But I'd have to say that I really enjoy a pale shade of just about any color...

Anyways, I'm a new follower from Sassy Sites! I love your blog!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I LOVE that color in your bedroom! Is it the same color or just closely similar to the one on the sink cabinets? I love that color! I have been considering painting our bedroom a different blue/gray/silvery too. Thanks for joining Feathered Nest Friday! Love the inspiration! :)

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

Love that color! My fave is white for sure!! ;)

Lisa said...

I think you made a great decision with your paint color. It's pretty, fresh, and elegant. There are so many colors that are so similar that it's hard to pick the right one. I can't say that I have a favorite paint color...I guess it depends on my mood and the room. Every color I pick for my house takes a lot of research, contemplating, and annoying my husband!

Sarah said...

Farrow and Ball has beautiful paint colors. Your bedroom looks great with this paint color. Great choice!

Kitty Deschanel said...

"Ooh, I said naked." LOL!
Your photos are beautiful. I love your paint choices :)

Cristie said...

The color is beautiful and your pictures are great. I love the kitchen sink!

Sharon Cohen said...

The color would be wonderful in my living room but, my favorite - favorite picture in your post? The naked door. I love the look of naked wood against a painted backdrop. Delicious!

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Unknown said...

so cute! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm loving this color, it's gorgeous! Reminds me of the zicron I used in our master. Thanks for linking up I hope you have a wonderful day!

Doris said...

First time poster here at your blog --- please keep it up! I'm enjoying the reads.

Natasha in Oz said...

I LOVE this colour. Our kitchen cabinetry is a very similar shade and I also have one of those butlers sinks too! Great post!

Best wishes,

Jen said...

LOVE this color!
My faves are anything grey/blue so this is perfect for me!

Carrie said...

I adore colors in the "sea glass" family, and this certainly evokes that. My absolute favorite are the blueish green/greys, like Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage. I have a similar color in my bathroom and it is sooooo relaxing! This one by Farrow and Ball is beautiful, but it's difficult to source it where I live. What I wouldn't give for a fan deck of F&B colors to fantasize about!

Leigha said...

I do love this post! Gorgeous color.
Confession: I don't have a favorite paint color. Picking just one would be unfair to all my other favorites. Smile.


Paul Smyth said...

Hi there,I have just discovered you have featured a photograph of the front door to Church Cottage here in Wyke Regis,
Working from a background in fine art and having a good understanding of colour theory I helped client on colour selection.
This colour was chosen by my client as it fitted into the period of her listed property.
She was very unsure if she liked it or not as it is very pale.
But upon completion she agreed with me that it is a strikng colour against the Chickerell brick stock.Thanks for featuring it on your site!
Paul at

Tip Moore said...


Am a bit late but found this post as I am looking to paint our hall in F&B Light a bit concerned though because it looks green in our hall tester square. Will it get more blue or grey as I paint more of it? The hall doesn't get much sun. Anything you might be able to say about the green-ness would be helpful! :-)



PS LOVE the colour posts. Anything you might need to know about F&B All White just ask. It is an awesome white! Love love love F&B paints.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Tip,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on Modern Country Style - it's LOVELY to know that you're finding the Farrow and Ball posts so helpful.

Light Blue will get more BLUE as you paint it on. It has definitely got a greenish tinge in some lights, and a greyish tinge in others - BUT not ever enough that it stops blue being the dominant colour.

Go for it!! I STILL adore it in our Master bedroom! It's subtle, gentle and restful. Gorgeous!


Unknown said...

Hey there,

We have used F&B Light Blue on our master bedroom wall, but we are really struggling to choose a colour that contrasts or compliments it for our en suite.

I want to steer away from similar shades so maybe thinking of going 'mouse' or something fawn-y?


Jena @ Involving Color and Home said...

The Farrow and Ball Light Blue is beautiful in your bedroom! It is such an interesting color, and I agree, it is so much more than a light blue. I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

Unknown said...


I'd like to first of all say your home looks beautiful! We have just moved to the country from London and are therefore changing our interior style from white and bright to more muted tones. We have chosen to paint our living room in F&B Light Blue (with your help, thank you) and I was just wondering if you recommend using the Estate Emulsion or the Modern Emulsion? We bought a sample of a different colour in the Estate but it seems a bit too chalky for a big room. What do you think?

Thank you!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you! I'm so pleased I've been able to help. ;-)

I don't think the size of the room will be hugely influenced by whether you choose Estate or Modern emulsion . Both are very flat indeed.

A bigger consideration should definitely be how much wear and tear the room will get.

I started off using Estate (the Light Blue in our bedroom is Estate emulsion) but now, three children later, have switched firmly to Modern emulsion which is much more wipe-able!

Good luck!


wanderlust said...

Hi. Pls can I ask what is the White you've chosen for the ceilings? I am going a bit nutty choosing my colours ! thanks a lot !

Kerry said...

I'm loving the light blue too and wanting to use this for a new loft conversion, Master bedroom. Like wanderlust I'd love to know what 'white' you chose for the ceilings too! Thanks x

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Unknown said...

My daughter's bedroom is painted Farrow and Ball Light Blue. It's a small boxy room that gets northern light, and I needed something that would tie in the combination of mid-century modern and boho stuff in there, something neutral but not white. This one works beautifully, though I often feel the paint is outshining the rest of the decor! But having lived with it for five years I would feel very safe and happy using it in other settings as well. It would look great in a bathroom, in a more formal bedroom, even a study or as exterior trim. It's a keeper.

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