7 festive schemes to inspire you this Christmas

To help you create an irresistibly cosy and inviting home this winter, we sat down with International Colour Consultant at Farrow & Ball, Joa Studholme, to discover her Christmas decorating tips.


Farrow & Ball Wimborne White Estate Emulsion and Pavilion Gray Modern Eggshell

“This room is painted in classic neutrals and dressed with simple gold and silver accents, creating a modern festive spirit. By using just one colour on the walls and panelling there is a certain calmness, while stronger Pavilion Gray on the skirting grounds the room and give a contemporary twist. The decorations take their lead from the paint colours to ensure that the whole look is unified.”


Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue Estate Emulsion

“This room feels so very welcoming as its natural darkness has been embraced with the use of Oval Room Blue. The underlying grey in this colour gives it an unsurpassed softness – the perfect backdrop for a roaring fire and candlelight. To complete this simple look, the decorations are totally natural and look as though they have been freshly foraged.”


Farrow & Ball Railings Estate Emulsion

“Two modern day Christmas angels in the form of simple portraits watch over this tempting haul of presents. Striking Railings on the panelling creates the perfect backdrop for the paintings, alongside a kaleidoscope of gifts wrapped in Farrow & Ball wallpapers. When adding decorations to a dark space, be bold and opt for jewel-like tones which will really stand out and evoke the holiday spirit.”


Farrow & Ball Rectory Red Estate Emulsion

“Red has always been the colour of Christmas. This modern day twist uses Rectory Red on the walls to create an exciting feeling. Decorations in the same tone are kept to the bare minimum and, when combined with natural greens and simple whites, results in a perfectly harmonious look. The ideal room for a modern day Father Christmas to tuck into his mince pie.”


Farrow & Ball Wimborne White Estate Emulsion and Ammonite Estate Eggshell

“Why not bring the forest into your home over the festive season? This delightfully simple room painted in Wimborne White sets the perfect scene for lots of greenery. If you are tight on space, try forgoing the tree and create a woodland hideaway using a cluster of pots and ornaments. The addition of foliage in such a pared down room instantly changes its feel and conjures the festive spirit.”


Farrow & Ball Arsenic Modern Emulsion,  Purbeck Stone Estate Eggshell and Stiffkey Blue Modern Eggshell

“This staircase is just begging to be dressed with foliage. The Arsenic panels on Lime White walls create a lively space, while the stair runner painted in Stiffkey Blue gives a modern twist. The Purbeck Stone bannisters are the perfect place on which to hang those Christmas stockings.”


Farrow & Ball Pink Ground Estate Emulsion

“This Pink Ground bedroom feels pretty and well established rather than overpoweringly sugary. This soft and delicate pink is the perfect backdrop for pre-loved furniture and quirky personal artefacts. As for festive decorations, all you have to add is a few equally delicate stars to create the most romantic of settings in which to wake up on Christmas morning.”

Looking for a little more inspiration? Browse through beautiful photographs of real Farrow & Ball homes on inspiration.farrow-ball.com

Joanna Spindler


After studying classics and archaeology at the University of Exeter, Joanna quickly fell for the interiors world and has been writing about homes ever since. She recently swapped her London flat for a little cottage in the Dorset countryside. At the weekend, you’ll find Joanna eating her way around the local foodie spots or trying not to fall over during yoga.

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