As we draw closer into spring, our thoughts turn to key interior trends. The colours that have been chosen by Farrow & Ball represent different aspects of our lives and the way we choose to live them. The key colours for 2016 are; Drop Cloth, Peignoir, Yeabridge Green and Salon Drab. The colours have been skilfully created by a small team of experts over the past three years and every hue is intriguingly named with its own unique backstory – another Farrow & Ball tradition.
Named after the indispensable dust sheet used by painters and decorators, Drop Cloth feels charmingly uncomplicated. A pure neutral which creates walls that feel soft and familiar. Drop Cloth is a step away from the cooler greys that have dominated contemporary homes over the past few years, being more sensitive to the natural world and reflecting outdoor space. Drop Cloth is part of the trend towards colour neutrals and will make homes feel quiet and calm. The colour can be used in any combination with colours such as Shadow White and Shaded White, either on the walls or woodwork.
Inspired by the chiffon gowns traditionally worn by ladies when brushing their hair in boudoirs, Peignoir is the softest of pinks with a big dose of grey, making it feel very traditional while still being totally on trend. Peignoir represents the slightly more feminine escape from the urban world and feels really sophisticated. It’s best combined with Great White on the woodwork as this duo of uncertain pinks creates a perfect harmony. Combining Peignoir with Dove Tale on the floors and moody Inchrya Blue as an accent will create an exciting and rustic space.
Created from the original colour found in an 18th century Georgina farmhouse in Yeabridge, Somerset, Yeabridge Green is a clean and uncomplicated green, but with definite earthy undertones. Despite its power in colour, its natural tone makes it very easy to live with and creates vibrant, optimistic interiors that truly lift spirits. It works well when combining with the glowing neutral Lime White on woodwork and its perfect partner Cooking Apple Green as an accent.
Salon Drab, the new muted drab can be used to evoke a classic 19th century feel while remaining the perfect go-to ‘chocolate brown’ for modern homes. The colour has rich natural tone, which feels exuberant and luxurious, while working as the perfect dark accompaniment to both the yellow and red-based neutrals. Combining Salon Drab with the glowing cream of Ringwold Ground on woodwork will help create a feeling of calm. However, if you wish to attract more attention, the inclusion of botanical Calke Green or the rich burgundy Eating Room Red will create an indulgent scheme with appealing warmth.