Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

After deciding that we were plumping for a pink colour scheme in our girls' bedroom makeover, I began the time-consuming but full-of-pleasure process of narrowing down the perfect pink.

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

And you thought choosing off-white was hard? 
My off-white trials and tribulations have got nothing on picking out pink paint, which seem to fall into two categories: 

too lilac 
or too orange

Aaargh. So annoying. 

Until I found this:

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

Farrow and Ball's Middleton Pink.

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

It has just enough warmth to look gentle and girlie 
and just enough coolness to look classic and elegant.
The perfect Modern Country Pink...

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink bedroom

I'm a massive fan of Farrow and Ball's paints. 
Yes, they are more expensive than other paints but I find the quality of colour completely worth the extra pennies. Plus, even the more expensive paints are still relatively cheap in terms of their transformative effects.

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink bedroom
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink bedroom

In full sun, Farrow and Ball's Middleton Pink looks almost white and yet, in the mornings and evenings, it takes on a beautifully warm hue. 
Mellow and gentle and restful.

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

And now, 
*drum roll*
here are the very first sneak-peak photos of how 
Farrow and Ball's Middleton Pink 
looks in our girls' bedroom:

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

Gorgeous, huh?

See how the colour builds up intensity in the shadows?

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink in our girls' bedroom!

It's able to look ethereally pale:

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

But still manages to hold it's own against the white ceiling:

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

As dusk draws in, Middleton Pink takes on a cooler tone, but is still definitely pink:

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink walls

When choosing Farrow and Ball paints for children's rooms, it's well worth choosing their Modern Emulsion. The Estate Emulsion does give a chalkier, matter finish but I've found that it doesn't stand up as well to the extreme wear and tear that children's rooms receive. 
{Well, our children's rooms, at least!!}

With Modern Emulsion, the finish is still very matte but is wipeable. I save the Estate Emulsion for areas with lower traffic {and fewer sticky fingers!}.

If you liked this post, have you seen my other favourite paint Case Studies?

You're in for a treat!

Next up, I'm sharing my all-time favourite white for woodwork.

Images via: Farrow and Ball, unknown, Yvestown, Peter Scott Interior Desgn, 
Razmataz, American Girl In Chelsea, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine

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Anonymous said...

Such a perfect pink for a girl's bedroom. Lovely! Looking forward very much to seeing the completed vision of loveliness. - Angela

chris said...

It is such a lovely pink, Sarah. I'm excited to see the room complete...with a new girlie inside. :)

Full Circle Creations said...

Pink is not my color but it looks great! I really like it!


Deborah said...

So pretty, want to repaint all of my walls now! have a happy week sweetie

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Annie said...

That color looks lovely! Nice & soft, and not overbearing - love it :)

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Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous pink! Do you think it would be too girly for a grown up bedroom? I want to have a really peaceful but beautiful room and have thought about pink - luckily my husband likes it! I'm off to consult my F and B colour chart! Thanks for the lovely post. Laura

Unknown said...

Lovely! Wonder if I could talk the husband into this C:

Can't wait for your 30 minute fix party tomorrow!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Laura,

I'd say if you're looking for 'peaceful but beautiful' then this might just be the ticket!!


Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Sarah,
That is a beautiful shade of pink
I have to say, it looks similiar to the shade of pink I used for my daughters room so many years ago....
She will be 28 in August!!
I think it was a tad darker tho,
but loved it, and think it is gonna be great in your wee ones room, can't wait to see the finished product.
So have you had the baby yet? or you still in waiting? it has been awhile since I have been by so know I might have missed the blessed event!!

Sometimes all it takes is a few days!! lol

Hope you are doing and feeling well hon, nice to hear from you and thanks for your encouraging comments.

blessings, Nellie

Seaweed and Raine said...

It's a lovely pink. I'm wondering how much more you will get done on the room before the arrival of #5... Or has your precious bundle arrived and you have been a little sneaky and are keeping us in suspense? ;)
I hope it all goes smoothly for you and you are doing well.
S x0x

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore the softness of this Middleton Pink. The name is precious!!! Oh a girly~girl room! I can hardly contain myself!

Elaine said...

A lovely shade of pink indeed. Not overwhelming, just an oh so subtle pink. I am sure your baby will absolutely love it!

Sachiko said...

I painted my little girl's room with almost exactly same color. I never thought that I am "pink girl" but I love it!

Paula said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect! I LOVE it! I'm gonna find me a way to get this delightfully delectable colour into my house if it's the last thing I do...!
Paula xxx
p.s. I'm still laughing that you've managed to do this just 'inches' away from giving birth - hilarious - you and I are SO similar! xxx

Seana said...

F&B Middleton Pink is the pink I chose for the room my two older girls share! They are ages 3 and 6. We painted it about a year and half ago and we love it :)

Susan T said...

I have consulted my dog eared F&B chart, which I carry with me at all times in case of an emergency. Middleton Pink is gorgeous, clear and restful. I await your 'white' choice with eager anticipation. We are clearing out pre painting. I don't want a " white white".

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Cindy said...

That is a wonderful, warm and pretty colour.
Hugs, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Pic # 3 , These images belong to Yvonne at Yvestown.com. (Just so you can credit her as it says Unknown on your post)


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Thank you! It was actually Image number 2 that is listed as 'Unknown' ...but please do let me know if you know where that comes from. I always like to credit properly!


Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That is a pretty shade of pink and good for you for taking pictures of it in all the different lightings.

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

So very, very pretty! Can't wait to see the rest of the room all decorated in you lovely way :) Laurel

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love Farrow & Ball paint. I am working on a project right now using them ;P

School is out for summer, and now I can focus on projects I have been putting off!

I feel your pain about finding the perfect pink, except with me it was finding the perfect white. I finally gave up and chose Benjamin ore's Super White. Everything looks good next to it, so why not?

Megan said...

I so agree that Middleton Pink is one of the loveliest Pinks EVER!! Great choice btw!!

Pamela Gordon said...

You have found a beautiful soft pink for your girls bedroom. Exciting for you to have the room nearly ready. Have fun!

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