Farrow & Ball

Is it obvious on here that I love colour?  Coming from a girl who grew up wearing all black with the occasional (read: always) flannel* shirt I am always a bit surprised at how
much I love colour.

The ground floor at the moment is fairly neutral and where the colour comes in is the little shots of colour I like to add here and there. My new door knobs are my favourite bit of colour whimsy at the moment.


Then there’s the hallway dresser I picked up on Ebay and upcycled.  As with most things on eBay the realityl of it was a bit disappointing. I had to think how I was going to save it and make it fit into our house. A lick of paint was the answer, really it was the only answer.  I didn’t want to go down the chalk paint route, I wanted something  a bit more finished.   I decided that Farrow & Ball  in James White would look fab.  Now I know what you’re thinking- James WHITE? That’s not exactly a colourful colour and your’d be right. It’s not always the bright and loud colours that make a piece and I hope you’ll agree with me.  This was my first time using Farrow & Ball paint and I have to say I was very impressed. I know I’m fairly new to these shores but even I know that Farrow & Ball equals quality and I wasn’t disappointed. It was like painting with butter and I’ll most certainly use it again.  hallway Collage

When we picked up the sideboard it was a lot bigger than I expected- the metric system still gets me! It was just too big for the space and the thought of putting it on ebay and trying to resell it was just more than I can handle, plus I like a challenge. My thinking was, it’s not an antique so I’m just going to hack away at it until I love it! First things I did was chop the 6 inch legs off and this immediatly made it look and feel better in the hallway. Then I removed a little wooden lip from the top- I think this was at one time a hutch as there were mystery holes in the back.  I then removed the drawer pulls and picked up some fab ceramic ones.


Is it sad that I love these more than chocolate? It is? Ok, well ahem.. never mind then.

These knobs and the Farrow & Ball paint really transformed the sideboard.  I have also picked up some small bun feet for but they’re still in the bag waiting to be painted. A job for a rainy afternoon I think.

It really is amazing what a little imagination can do.  All in all I spent £200 for the dresser and materials. It’s a great solid piece of furniture that will be with us for years.

What do you guys think? Worth the trouble or should I have resold and tried something else?

Because I’m now a big fan of Farrow & Ball paint I was most excited when I got my hands on their book Decorating with Colour and it’s a really fab coffee table book.  It’s full of wonderfully styled rooms and the nosy person in me enjoys drinking coffee and flipping through the book. My house will never look like the houses in the book but I pick up ideas here and there and file them away to use in my own quirky way.


It really is a fantastic little book and I managed to snag another copy to share. All you have to do is pop over to the Farrow & Ball website, then head back here and tell me what your favourite Farrow & Ball colour is.


I’ll choose a winner on 21 October.


*I’d show you pictures of me in my grunge glory but I don’t want to scare you.


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  1. Emma Greenwood
    October 10, 2014 /

    It looks brilliant, I love the end result.
    We have farrow and ball paint in a few rooms and I love it. When we do the lounge I really like castle grey for it.
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    • October 11, 2014 /

      I’m thinking about going grey in the bedroom.

    • October 11, 2014 /

      Yellow! It’s such a happy colour.

  2. October 11, 2014 /

    Am a big Farrrow & Ball fan, we used it extensively in our old house. About to move again and Farrow & Ball was the first colour card I grabbed. Current fave is Brassica. Which love for a bedroom. OH is keen on lighter shades, dimpse. We could be some time.
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  3. October 11, 2014 /

    I love the Farrow and Ball paint colours, they are so amazing! Elephant’s Breath has been my lust after colour for years. When I move house I’m having it everywhere!
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  4. emily hankins
    October 11, 2014 /

    Love the clunch grey colour

  5. Lyla
    October 11, 2014 /

    Chappell Green

  6. iain maciver
    October 11, 2014 /

    yellow nice and bight

  7. stephen
    October 11, 2014 /

    Lulworth Blue for me; F&B colours are wonderfully sophisticated, and this, for me, is wonderul

  8. SAM BOX
    October 11, 2014 /

    Matchstick 2013

  9. Jayne K
    October 11, 2014 /

    Hound Lemon

  10. Allan Wilson
    October 12, 2014 /

    I love a deep red – Blazer is a good shade.

    October 12, 2014 /

    I like savage ground

  12. Sandra Lane
    October 12, 2014 /

    The Dayroom Yellow is lovely. Not too bright but a pretty, subtle colour to brighten up any room.

  13. Keith H
    October 12, 2014 /

    Oxford Stone looks nice

  14. Liam Bishop
    October 13, 2014 /

    I have used Babouche before (mustard yellow), it’s great.

  15. amy g
    October 13, 2014 /

    My fave farrow and ball colour has always been downpipe!

  16. Rebecca Taylor
    October 13, 2014 /

    I love the mizzle colour and the name too!! 🙂

  17. Lucy Bishop
    October 13, 2014 /

    French gray is my favourite! x

  18. elizabeth ferguson
    October 14, 2014 /

    french gray

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  20. Jennifer Toal
    October 16, 2014 /

    James white

  21. kim neville
    October 17, 2014 /

    I like the CALLUNA

  22. Tracy Alder-Ashwin
    October 18, 2014 /

    The French Gray is a really lovely colour

  23. Angela Paull
    October 20, 2014 /

    Mizzle – just for the name 🙂

  24. James Eyles
    October 20, 2014 /

    MOLE’S BREATH! Oh Yeah1

  25. carol boffey
    October 20, 2014 /

    the calluna

  26. Kayleigh
    October 20, 2014 /

    Cornforth White is my favourite, I want to paint my whole house in it, my partner isnt so keen

  27. Bernadette Willis
    October 20, 2014 /

    I love French Gray

  28. joanne liddement
    October 20, 2014 /

    Lulworth Blue

  29. tracey baker
    October 20, 2014 /


  30. Susan Hoggett
    October 20, 2014 /

    love the mizzle colour

  31. Claire D
    October 20, 2014 /

    I like Mizzle

  32. lorraine stone
    October 20, 2014 /

    Love Mizzle

  33. Lyndsey Beckford
    October 20, 2014 /

    London Stone is my favourite

  34. Victoria B
    October 20, 2014 /

    Cinder Rose is my favourite colour

  35. teddy sheldon
    October 20, 2014 /

    love downpipe the best

  36. Helen Craigs
    October 20, 2014 /

    My favourite is Cats Paw, I have it everywhere in my house it’s such a warm tone

  37. Lauren Old
    October 21, 2014 /


  38. Chris Fletcher
    October 21, 2014 /

    My favourite colour is TERRE D’EGYPTE! I love the names, they are so evocative!

    • maria
      October 23, 2014 /

      I’m in the US so I just wanted to say “amazing!” love your sense of adventure and you are so lucky your family is so laid back about all your glorious ideas and creativity..

  39. Samantha R
    October 21, 2014 /

    Farrows cream

  40. Paul Campbell
    October 21, 2014 /

    I am loving the elephants breath

  41. champaklal lad
    October 21, 2014 /

    mizzle look sgood

  42. Lynsie Lynn
    October 21, 2014 /

    I love the Dayroom yellow 🙂