Saturday, 1 March 2014

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Farrow and Ball's Lamp Room Gray (yes, Farrow and Ball, a British company choose to spell grey the American way...why?) is a seemingly simple colour at first glance. 

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray (number 88)

Farrow and Ball describe it as 'a match to the original white which had dirtied down due to the trimming of the lamp wicks'. 

Farrow and Ball, Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen

Well, come on, Farrow and Ball, that's about as useful as a cat flap on a submarine, isn't it?

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

So....welcome to another Modern Country Style Colour Study, which I hope will help you to get a better understanding of how different paints will work in your home (and hopefully saving money on Tester Pots that you can put towards something lovely).

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray paint


Here are links to the Colour Studies:


Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Grey.
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bedroom

People often ask what the difference is between Farrow and Ball Cornforth White and Lamp Room Gray. You can see for yourself in the image below...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray Painted Furniture
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray number 88

..that Farrow and Ball has a slightly bluer cast. Cornforth White is more of a neutral, soft grey. Lamp Room Gray has a stronger presence. (Through the doors below, you can see a peek of Farrow and Ball Pigeon):

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray Living Room
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

In the wrong position, under fluorescent lighting, for example, it has to be said that Lamp Room Gray (88) appears, dare I say it, dull. Just plain, old, boring grey... BUT, given the right treatment, the depth of pigment, as with any good paint, builds throughout a room to offer a grey that has a lot to give.

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Just look at the different guises Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray can take on...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen

Probably the look Lamp Room Gray is most commonly used for is a masculine take on interiors. Here's a case in point...a lovely study:

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray 88

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

Handsome, no? But Lamp Room Gray can also do pretty. Look at this Country bathroom:

Farrow & Ball grey paint in Lamp Room Gray bathroom
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray 88 bathroom

And doesn't it look lovely as part of an all white scheme?

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bahtroom grey
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bathroom

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray does florals with style:

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bedroom
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bedroom

And it looks stunning teamed with wood:

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bathroom
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bathroom

...and natural materials...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen

In terms of changing colour, there is some variation with light. See how Lamp Room Gray takes on a creamy hue with bright skies...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray in sulight
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray in sun

And then reverts to a cooler grey in overcast skies...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray daytime
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray overcast 

Lamp Room Gray can vary in shade too. Warm sunshine brings a very slight green tinge...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Grey front door
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray front door

And, conversely, lack of light can give a slightly taupier edge ...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray kitchen
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

If you're wanting to paint furniture, then expect a lightening, as the colour won't build up in the same way..

Furniture painted in Lamp Room Grey by Farrow & Ball.
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

What marks Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray as special is more of a feeling than anything you can specifically put your finger on.

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Grey
Farrow and Ball

 This is one of Farrow and Ball's colours that I wouldn't recommend getting copied. Use the real thing, or choose another colour. Otherwise you're at risk of ending up with a flat, boring looking room, rather than a subtle grey which makes you want to look...and then look again.

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray and Skimming Stone
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bathroom panelling

Grey is a colour that needs careful paint-choosing. More haste, less speed...That's why, if you're looking for a mid-toned grey, with a slight leaning to the cool, Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray is the one for me.

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray bedroom
F. Lamp Room Gray

Farrow & Ball's Lamp Room Gray bedroom
Farrow Lamp Room Gray

If you want a definite grey room but without it looking boring and dull and perhaps you're after a Swedish Country feel...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray Country bedroom
Farrow and Ball's Lamp Room Gray

 or a touch of the industrial...

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

 then Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray comes highly recommended.


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5 comments :

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your colour studies! I'm torn about that grey (I'm keeping the English spelling). It's lighter than the previous one, so I should like it better, but the other one had more depth I think. I love how it looks on the front door, though!

Shelly W. said...

Wow! This one makes my heart go pitter-patter. I think this is my favorite so far! I'm loving your color (colour?) studies! :)

Kate Murphy said...

Really love your colour studies! I have used Lamp Room GrAy(!) on furniture but never considered it for walls but may have to change my mind now... also I really like the mad chandelier in the bedroom pic (about 5 photos down) do you have stockist details please?

fiona anderson said...

Magali has just sent me to your post because I was just talking about Lamp Room Grey to her !!
As you say, it is so different in so many lights but I love it because it's not a steely grey. I actually did mix my own because I used to do that sort of thing for a living and I needed raw umber with black and white to get to the right shade, raw umber being a greeny brown as opposed to a reddish brown.
Anyway, I'm glad Magali sent me here, great post !

Meera said...

Ooh yes, Lamp Room Gray is one of my favourite greys. I have previously used it in a teenage boy's bedroom design and it looked gorgeous - in every light. Loving these images showing the paint colour. Your paint case studies are very useful for us :)

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