Monday, 19 May 2014

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Green Blue paint

When I first worked with Farrow and Ball Green Blue, I pretty much skipped around the room, because, at last, here is a Farrow and Ball paint colour that truly does what it says on the tin!

Farrow and Ball Green Blue bedroom
Farrow and Ball Green Blue bedroom

Farrow and Ball Green Blue is a muted mid-toned teal - part green and part blue. Nothing complicated, and nothing tricky!

Farrow and Ball Green Blue country kitchen
Farrow and Ball Green Blue country kitchen

Yes, if you put it in a warmly-lit room, by which I mean sunlight or candescent bulbs, then it will appear greener...
...or bluer in a dimly lit, North-facing room, or under cool artificial light.

However, to purposefully bring out Farrow and Ball's Green Blue greener side, simply contrast with shades that have a cooler, bluer undertone such as the Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray here:

Farrow and Ball Green Blue and Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray
Farrow and Ball Green Blue and Pavilion Gray

To bring out its bluer side, choose to contrast with greens, such as the chest of drawers in this image (Farrow and Ball Green Blue is on the walls)...

Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted furniture
Farrow and Ball Green Blue chest

However, you'll see from these images that Farrow and Ball Green Blue is fairly consistent. There are no sideways slippery moves whatsoever. 

Farrow & Ball Green Blue Paint hallway
Farrow and Ball Green Blue hallway

Just a beautifully chalky, Robin's egg greenish blue. Or bluish green!

Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen
Farrow and Ball Green Blue dining room

Paired with warmer shades, Farrow and Ball Green Blue is a traditional Country colour and none the worse for that. Pretty, gentle and cosy. 

Farrow and Ball Green Blue paint
Farrow and Ball Green Blue dining room

Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen
Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen

But put it next to starker choices: white, charcoal or black, and it comes into its Modern Country best. 

Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen
Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen

Softening the harshness of its partner colours and soothing those contemporary lines. This makes Green Blue a fantastic choice for kitchen cabinets.

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Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen

Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen
Farrow and Ball Green Blue kitchen

Or simply painted furniture...

Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted furniture
Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted furniture

Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted furniture
Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted furniture

Just the same holds true when Farrow and Ball Green Blue is use in exteriors: sheds, front doors, or woodwork. 

Shepherds hut in Farrow & Ball green blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue painted Shepherd's Hut

This is a colour that does pure country charm to perfection. Here's Farrow and Ball Green Blue on a country front door complete with garland:

Front door - Farrow & Ball: green blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue front door

Yet teamed with the harder edge of chrome, iron or lead, just look at the wonders it performs at bringing its rustic beauty to these handsome townhouse looks with this perfect front door paint.

Farrow and Ball Green Blue  front door
Farrow and Ball Green Blue front door paint

Yes, Farrow and Ball Green Blue is a great choice for front doors. A definite contender in my search for the Holy Grail of the best front door paint colours.

Front door in blue green by farrow and ball
Farrow and Ball Green Blue front door with bunting!

It is a strong colour so beware in small rooms where it will certainly dominate; not necessarily a bad thing but best to be prepared for the onslaught of colour...

Farrow and Ball Green Blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue 

Farrow & Ball Green Blue paint
Farrow and Ball Green Blue 

But the strength of colour means that, even when dazzled by strong rays from the sun, which will leach and bleach even the strongest colour, Farrow and Green Blue will still hold its own on exterior woodwork....

Farrow and Ball Green Blue exterior paint
Farrow and Ball Green Blue exterior paint

or sheds.....

Farrow and Ball Green Blue exterior paint shed
Farrow and Ball Green Blue exterior painted shed

If you loved this post then check out my other Paint Colour Studies of gorgeous Modern Country Paint Shades:


Images via Farrow and Ball, Landmark Kitchens, Farrow and Ball, Welhil Interiors, Down The Well, House Beautiful, Skylark Melody, House To Home, House Beautiful, John Willies, Houzz, Border Country, Farrow and Ball, ebay, Cornwall Shepherd's Hut, Pinterest, Jardin Design, Pinterest, Houzz, ksevier, Farrow and Ball, Martha Mouse, 

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8 comments :

Amanda McCleary said...

I've found the colour for my hallway! Thanks :)

Purely Hopeful said...

Hi Sarah, I always really enjoy your selection of photographs and I adore that particular Farrow and Ball shade. Very interesting to see how you have shown how the light changes the colour. thanks for the ideas and inspiration. Imogen x

Justine said...

Beautiful interiors and great colour:)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love this colour and it was my first idea for the kitchen walls... After testing it on samples, it was too dark for my room. I went with Pavillion Blue, which has also some blue and green, but is much lighter.

xsarah said...

Sarah, Thank you sooo much for your color studies!! I found I have chosen several FeB sample pots, only to find you have a study done - so handy!
I will make sure I send you pics when our "neverending reno" is over - thank you!
Sarah, from Italy :-)

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EllenaElizabeth said...

Hi. Farrow and Ball paint is not available in Australia. Does anyone have a Dulux equivalent. I'm getting desperate as the cabinet maker needs my colour choice asap.

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