Monday, 12 January 2015

Farrow and Ball Shaded White: Colour Case Study

Hello lovelies! Shall we dive right in to another Paint Colour Case Study? Let's shine our beady focus today on Farrow and Ball's Shaded White, a chameleon of a colour if ever their was one.


Farrow and Ball Shaded White kitchen
Farrow and Ball Shaded White kitchen

If you're new to Modern Country Style (and, hello there!), then let me take a moment to explain to you the pleasure that awaits. From time to time, when I've worked with a particularly scrumptious colour, for example, today's Farrow and Ball Shaded White, I like to share share share. When you've finished here, feel free to browse at your leisure:


Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White in living room with Slipper Satin above picture rail

But I don't think it's enough to just name drop, do you? It's so easy to pile up the pounds on sample pots...soooooo I do all the behind-the-scenes hard work for you, putting together lots of images of the colour in question in different contexts and at different times of day. No nasty surprises here at Modern Country Style, my friend.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White on cupboard doors

Farrow and Ball describe Shaded White as 'Just darker than Off-White and lighter than Old White. This can be used as a light 'drab' colour.' If ever there was an undersell, ladies and gentlemen, that was it!

hallway colour- farrow & ball shaded white
Farrow and Ball Shaded White in hall

If you've not experienced the joys of Farrow and Ball Old White or Off-White then how are you meant to be any the wiser? Duh!

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White on tongue and groove bathroom

Farrow and Ball Shaded White paint can take on an astonishing range of hues, from the chalkiest white, to the dreamiest green-grey, to plain old boring beige. The question is how do you know if it'll play out well in your own home? Read on, dear reader, read on.....

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White bedroom

The first thing to consider is what kind of light your room receives. If it's a lovely, warm room with sunshine pouring in all day, then you can expect Shaded White to reveal a little more of its beige-y side: a definite warm neutral with a green undertone, particularly if teamed with green elsewhere in the room....

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White bedroom with picture rail in Hardwick White

If, however, your room is on the North side of your home, and gets little sunlight, then Shaded White's grey notes will be your new best friend.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White

The next thing on your checklist is the light levels in the room. Some large-windowed North-facing rooms actually receive a good deal of light, albeit of a rather cool quality. 

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White

The brighter the space, the paler Farrow and Ball Shaded White appears. This ranges from a literal gently shaded white...

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Cupboards in Farrow and Ball Shaded White

...to, in small, darker spaces, a mid-toned neutral. See the way the colour builds up in the alcoves of the shelf below?

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted furniture

However, Farrow and Ball's Shaded White is not a colour you need to worry about appearing too dark. Mid-toned is the darkest it will go, even in the shadowy corners....

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White bedroom

The final checkpoint to think about is the kind of artificial light you use in the space, particularly if it will have most of its use in the evening, when the lights will most certainly be on.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White hall 

Again, the soothing glow of incandescent bulbs will give a warmer, beige-y hue to Shaded White, whereas Halogen light, or even LEDs will give a cooler, greyer feel.

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted furniture

Do make sure you pay close attention to this point to avoid any disappointment. Just look below at the two shots of this gorgeous kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball French Gray and Farrow and Ball Shaded White. The first is with the lights off, and the second (on the left) is with lights on, creating a very different look.

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Kitchen in Farrow and Ball Shaded White and French Gray

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Left: Farrow and Ball Shaded White with lights on

I have two favourite uses for Shaded White which I recommend to my clients. The first is for painting furniture. Whereas in some instances (namely in south-facing rooms with warm, artificial light), Shaded White has the potential to give you beige rage (see skirting board below)....

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White skirting boards
...by contrast, on furniture, which softens the colour with all its external angles, Shaded White becomes the most beautiful soft, chalky creamy-gray. I love l LOVE it!

Farrow and Ball Shaded White
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted furniture

Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted furniture
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted furniture
The same goes for painting kitchens. Check out these beauties painted in Farrow and Ball's Shaded White...

Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted kitchen
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted kitchen

Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted kitchen
Farrow and Ball Shaded White painted kitchen
This works a treat, as long as there aren't too many cupboards, in which case the usual rules apply....though consider using Shaded White as a feature colour instead, as with this gorgeous kitchen below (units painted in Farrow and Ball Pointing, island unit in Shaded White):

Farrow and Ball Shaded White  and Pointing painted kitchen
Farrow and Ball Shaded White and Pointing painted kitchen

The second area of my devotion, is using Farrow and Ball Shaded White in those problem North-facing rooms. It will give elegance and classic warmth, with its grayish taupey hues, and gentlest hint of green....

Farrow and Ball Shaded White in North-facing room
Farrow and Ball Shaded White in North-facing room

Farrow and Ball Shaded White in North-facing room
Farrow and Ball Shaded White hall

Farrow and Ball Shaded White in North-facing room
Farrow and Ball Shaded White hallway
Isn't it gorgeous? Have I convinced you to try it?

Next up, I have a real treat for you, if you loved this post. A house featuring a whole host of stunning colours, including a hall and kitchen painted in Farrow and Ball Shaded White!


Images vai Byebye Birdie, Farrow and Ball, Peter Henderson Furniture, Kate's Creatie Space, House To Home, Natural Calico, Josh Sheldrake, Pinterest, Brown Eyes, Decorpad, Pepperbox Trading, Natural Calico, Immoweb, Pepperbox Trading, Beyond The Hall Door, unknown, Pepperbox Trading, unknown, Naturla Calico, Farrow and Ball, Country Days, gonegirl, Katy Elliot

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