Monday 24 October 2011

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Powder Blue

This week, my flowers, I have not one, but TWO Farrow and Ball Case Studies...

If you love Farrow and Ball, Modern Country Style is sooooo the right place for you. 

When I posted photos of my latest wreath
I had a bajillion emails about our front door paint colour. 

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door

The colour is Farrow and Ball's Powder Blue.
Here it is at night time.

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door at night time

If you're about to paint your front door, it's always worth taking the extra time to think about how much light your front door gets. Ours is south facing, which means that it gets strong sunlight all day. 

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door with festive wreath!

Paint colours that look strong on interior walls fade into nothingness on south facing front doors. Insipid and bleurgh.
{Their official names, you understand..}

So, while Powder Blue is a stronger colour than I'd personally choose for inside the house, it was perfect choice for our front door.

{For a fuller look at choosing your perfect front door colour, check out this awesome article. Yes, it's written by me for the Relics of Witney blog, the best interiors shop in the world...ahem, in my humble opinion!!}

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue 

I wanted a very muted bluey-green for our front door. 
And Farrow and Ball's Powder Blue fits the bill perfectly.

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue painted furniture
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue painted furniture

You won't find this colour on their current paint card but any of their discontinued colours that catches your beady little eyes can still be easily ordered.

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue bedroom

When I put together a case study, I source as many pictures as possible of the paint colour, so as well as the images of our front door, here are plenty of room images featuring Powder Blue, showing what a strong colour it actually is.

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue bedroom

If you're looking for that elusive gentle greyed-turquoise for your front door then Farrow and Ball's Powder Blue is definitely the way to go.

Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door
Farrow and Ball Powder Blue front door

For all you paint geeks, have you checked out these posts?

Wednesday post? 
Two words....Down and Pipe. 
Lush, lush, lush.

Images: Mine, Mine, Mine, Apartment Therapy, Providencer UK, House Beautiful, House Beautiful

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Unknown said...

The one thing I brought back to Brisbane after a couple of years living in London was a Farrow & Ball colour chart, so I could match their lovely paint colours here. Love your front door.
Cheers Kylie

Lori said...

Wait there is no door knob. Just the lock and then the little finger pull? Love it.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Yikes, Sarah, I am not going to get anything done today reading all of these Farrow & Ball posts! Your front door is so lovely. Thanks for including the links to the previous posts. :D

Anonymous said...

Love Farrow and Ball, love your front door, also am loving my new front door which is.... Pigeon - hurrah!

Calypso In The Country said...

Your front door is so pretty! Love the color! Mine is just black - not very exciting.
Have a great week!

Unknown said...

I love these shades of blue
thanks for the information
the fall wreath is beautiful

Unknown said...

Love the powder blue on your door, mine is painted in farrow and ball lichen which I love. I love Farrow and Ball full stop! By the time I have decorated my whole house, it will be a farrow and ball heaven!!!
Looking forward to wednesday!

Pretty Unique Furniture said...

Oh I love farrow and ball paints! We painted our kitchen cabinets in Pale Powder, it is a lovely light blue

Anonymous said...

A beautiful color! It's amazing how different colors can look depending on the light they are in. Thanks for sharing this Sarah!

Tricia said...

That is such a pretty, pretty, color! I'd like to paint my front door, which is currently stained, but I don't know if the Mister would go for that :)

At The Picket Fence said...

I love that pic of your door at night! That blue was definitely the perfect choice my friend! :-)

michele said...

yum! i never tire of the right light blue.


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Beautiful color, Sarah. Your door is gorgeous!

chris said...

I adore the blue, Sarah. It almost makes me want to reconsider from my choice of a red door!

Little Leslie said...

All of these colors are gorgeous, thanks for showing them to us. Have a great halloween!!!

Anonymous said...

Perfect color choice for your front door. I love the romantic charm it has at night. I'm always drawn to blues with a hint of green. The contrast of the stone really works. We have friends with a brick home and a teal door... It's yummy :) Our home is a white Colonial and I'm still happy with our choice of cherry red for the front door. We face south too :)

Hope your week is off to a great start ! Thanks for sharing all the gorgeousness!!!
Shell xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm going to pin your door on pinterest :)

Shelly Wildman said...


Cindy said...

F & B's Powder Blue is gorgeous!!! I love it. Your door is lovely in it, it really accentuates the uniqueness of it, it is such a pretty door.
Hugs, Cindy

Travel With Lulu said...

Beautiful choice for your front door :) XOL said...

I do love the color you chose for your front door and I need to repaint mine because mine faces the sun and is a muted nasty color.'t I don't even know which color it's supposed to be :)

Corrinne Heading said...

Inspired by your blog we have decided to paint our weatherboard house in Blue Grey and the front door in Downpipe! so yay! Looking forward to the next installment.

We also love Light Blue but it is too dark in lounge / dining room which only has a window at one end and low ceilings. Sadly. So the hunt goes on. Feel free to offer suggestions!

Love your blog.


Anonymous said...

As Chris said above, I love that blue so much you make me want to reconsider our choice of a red door. Just lovely. xx

Anonymous said...

One of my friends has been raving about Farrow and Ball paints, now I know why!They're so much more tasteful that other paint colours.

It's amazing how much lighter the powder blue looks on your front door because of the sunlight! I'll have to bear that in mind.

Brilliant post Sarah -- as always :-)

Lizzy x

loveandlilac said...

A lovely delicate shade of blue isn't it? As you know I just painted my own front door with Pale Powder which is positively dreamy.

But I have a new F&B crush - Cord - I'm just painting my sitting room in it and its gorgeous! Have you tried it? Louise xx

Meera @ firstsense said...

You should be a colour consultant, my lovely! Your front door is so gorgeous in its powder blue glory, I am ordering the same colour to paint a wooden floor lamp, I love the colour!

Oh down pipe, I can't wait to see more about that gorgeous colour! And very excited about the giveaway!

Love to you!

Meera xx

Mimi said...

Your front door color is amazing!

Le said...

holey moley loving that blue - better than duck egg even :) le xox

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I love your front door! That color is so pretty against the stone. I need to paint both my front and back doors, but have no idea which way I want to go.

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