• April 14, 2004

Farrow & Ball Paint

Traditional paint colors


I recently discovered Farrow & Ball, a company from England that manufactures traditional papers and paint. I did a little research and discovered that the paint colors were developed from scraping original paint fragments off the walls of historic houses in England.

They claim to use more pigment (the most expensive component of the product) than other manufactures, making the paint unique. It is said that the paint has a depth and luminescence quality that makes it stand apart. I haven’t seen the paint in person yet, but I recently ordered their hand painted color card.

The colors are muted and earthy. Lovely. But, I am most impressed with the color names: Dead Salmon, Mouse’s Back, Ointment Pink…how fun!

Farrow & Ball website.

Comments { 1 }
  1. Mary Julia Tunstall


    the post above is a little bit off.
    The Company was founded in the 1930s in Dorset, on the south coast of England, by chemists John Farrow & Richard Ball. From small beginnings, it rapidly established a reputation for quality which won it important contracts for the supply of paint to the Admiralty and the War Office. During the post-war period, while virtually all other paint manufacturers abandoned traditional formulations and switched to cheaper acrylic paints with a high plastic content, this privately owned company stuck to its craft and continued making paint to its original formulations, using the finest raw materials. Farrow & Ball was always appreciated by a loyal group of customers, and with the revival of interest in restoration and historic colours twenty years ago, its reputation began to spread. Since the turn of the century, Farrow & Ball has been discovered by discerning customers in countries across the world, all of whom appreciate the unique Farrow & Ball look.

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