Saturday, 30 October 2010

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Pigeon

The colour I chose for the bedside table was 
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
Picking a colour for the bedside table transformation 
was a tricky bunny.

Farrow and Ball Pigeon
Farrow and Ball Pigeon

Like picking up a bar of slippery soap in the bath.

Farrow and Ball Pigeon Light Blue
Farrow and Ball Pigeon bedside table with Farrow and Ball Light Blue walls

I scoured paint sample after paint sample to find the perfect shade. But as soon as I saw Farrow and Ball's Pigeon, held up against our bedroom colour (Farrow and Ball Light Blue) and our mahogany bed, I knew it was the one.

Farrow and Ball Pigeon paint
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
The paint cooed to me.
{Pigeon? Cooing? Geddit?!}

Farrow and Ball Pigeon Light Blue bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pigeon with Farrow and Ball Light Blue walls

And the siren-like call of Farrow and Ball paints is pretty hard to resist.

Farrow and Ball
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
I hope these Case Study paint posts will save you time when looking for paints, showing a variety of pictures that show Farrow and Ball Pigeon in different lights.

Although, I have to say it wasn't wholly unenjoyable....
I rather like all that fussing and sighing over paint...

Farrow and Ball Pigeon best bedroom paint
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
The colour of Pigeon changes from very grey with a tinsiest hint of bluey-green to a grey-green in stronger sun.

Very much like a pigeon......?!
I'll get back to you on that one...

Farrow and Ball Pigeon paint
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
It's a beautiful colour that definitely leans towards the greener end of grey.....
Farrow and Ball Pigeon Light BLue
Farrow and Ball Pigeon

....but Pigeon has enough blue in it to give depth and interest.

Farrow and Ball Pigeon Country bedroom
Farrow and Ball Pigeon

My favourite blog for fantastic paint tips and information is the Relics of Witney blog. Have you seen it yet?

Images: House to Home, mine, Providence, mine, Farrow and Ball, Mob 24, Urban Grace, mine,, mine

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Claire Potter said...

Good colour. Unattractive name. (I hate pigeons!) xxx

Anonymous said...

I love the color! Thanks for sharing.It makes life so much easier when you can really see the color in the pictures. Great pick.


A Room For Everyone said...

That is just one of those perfect colours, isn't it? The bedside table looks gorgeous. I still can't find one I like for our bedroom! Rachaelxx

High Street Cottage said...

Beautiful Color Sarah. I've been toying with the idea of adding a touch of grey in my guest room.

Erin said...

Lovely shots of gray Sarah, I too am surprised at the name, but it is a beautiful color!

Doda said...

OOOh, I love the colour. I'll bear that in mind next time I paint some furniture. They seem to have stopped making the oil based eggshell though. I never find the water based paints as hard wearing. What do you think?

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Oh sigh. Such a perfect color. And there's one of those hearts I love! That seems like a great go-to color. I've been in need of one of those lately.

Everlasting Blooms said...

You can stop by ANY time! Just a little hop, skip, jump across the ocean, no big deal :)

~ Thanks for stopping by!

Martina said...

Such pretty shades of color - yes, this pigeon one is adorable, so soft and subtle!

Anonymous said...

This paint color is like all of my favorite shades in one. I have found myself really drawn to greys this year. It's like the new neutral. They just speak soft. Thanks for sharing what you used...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah, I love your choice of paint colour and am not surprised that it should be a Farrow and Ball paint. Their paints are so wonderfully chalky and have a depth of colour that is, I think, very difficult to beat. The only other paints that come close are those by Zoffany I find.

The bedside table is charming and so beautifully practical.

michelle said...

Such a gorgeous color! I love it when one color can transform in different rooms. Great pics too!

Tricia said...

Very pretty...I see why you picked it :)

Unknown said...

Lovely hues. We just had our garden door replaced and I thought I could find that soft sage green on the cheap. Result? Mint green. Say no more. Howl!!xxx

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Pretty, Pretty color!
Love It!

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

Thanks for the paint info Sarah!! ;) It is always so tricky finding the right colour!! Hugs~ Rachel

Blondie's Journal said...

I am loving the grays!! I have a green with lots of gray on my kitchen cabinets and a very pale gray in the master bath called Teardrop {I love the names they give paints!}. Pigeon is a wonderful color for a nightstand!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You have a great blog, Sarah!

Happy weekend!


Deborah said...

I like this alot!
Very pretty....
I love the colour green and the gray in it adds quite a nice touch..

Deborah xoxo

Kim said...

love the bedside table. great color!

Anonymous said...

I found you today while blog hopping and enjoyed learning all about your choice of color.

Raine and Sage said...

It's fantastic that you include the paint names. I do too, and think it's great to share. I love what you did, and wish I could get this brand Oz. x

Deb said...

Great color! I just recently became a fan of Farrow and Ball paint and I love it. I love paint posts too!!! ~Deb~

Anonymous said...


Thank you for stopping by my blog,
I love your blog. Your photography for each posts is really great!

Happy Blogging,
Poway, CA (USA)

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Syd & Harper said...

I really like this color! I'm a huge fan of any subdued color that creates a calm, serene environment in the home. Well done on the bedside table, thanks for sharing:)

Take care,


Becca Bertotti said...

Beautiful !! You have such a great eye for finding the perfect paint color !! The nightstand color works beautifully in your gorgeous bedroom, too. Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by my dining room re-do and your kind words, which I appreciate so much. I'm truly flattered that you wanna tag along for my decorating misadventures. lol Have a great day, *Becca*

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sarah, I Love the color you chose!! So neat how it changes so much in the light and shadows and seems to have a range of colors~ It looks so charming on your bedside table & really does go well with your wall color- I love that one too!!! :)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hi Sarah, may I say that you are a complete and utter loon (in the nicest possible sense OF COURSE!).

Loved your posts about vintage suitcases btw. I'm afraid that I'm going to copy you shamelessly and will definitely be dragging Mr J and P's family airloom suitcase from the loft and filling it with my vintage woollen blankies and crocheted granny blankies. Sooooo excited!!

Looking forward to your book review - the book looks v interesting.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Me again. What's an airloom? I meant heirloom of course. I'll go now.......

Unknown said...

Really nice gray! We just painted the dining room Valspar Aspen Gray (we are renting while we sell our house so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money), it is actually quite lovely, grays are hard! XX!

Kitty Deschanel said...

Visit my blog - I think you'll find a fun surprise today ;)

Natasha in Oz said...

That is a gorgeous colour. I wish we had farrow and ball paints here. I have my eye on those new Jo Malone candles that are in farrow and ball votives...maybe for my birthday next month!

Best wishes,

Elaine said...

Great idea, a paint post. I am thinking of changing some of the colors in my condo. Will have to check out your other paint posts. I am leaning towards gray.

Holly said...

I love a paint that changes in the light! I ordered the Farrow and Ball paint chart and it just arrived yesterday. Too bad I'll never pay that much for a gallon of paint! I wonder if Home Depot can color-match it successfully.

Jackie said...

Did you wash the paint on the shiplap wall? I was thinking about doing a pigeon shiplap wall but this looks a little like a wash maybe? Thanks!

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