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From noting architectural features to considering the direction your room faces, we’ve gathered 10 quick tips to keep in mind when starting your next project. But most important of all, remember to choose the colours you love!

1. Start by picking your favourite neutral group

Choosing one of our six neutral groups is a wonderful way of achieving a timeless and cohesive scheme in your home. Each group contains four colours that sit effortlessly together for an understated look, or as a base for building up bolder shades and patterns.

2. Consider when you use each room

Perhaps you love to drink your morning coffee in a room which is filled with sunlight, or prefer to create a deep and intimate feel in a dining room used mostly for hosting dinner parties. By thinking carefully about how and when you use each room in your home, it will help guide you towards light and bright hues, or rich and dark shades.

3. Take note of the direction your room faces

To make the most of the natural light in your room, take note of the direction it faces. South facing rooms are often flooded with warm light so try maximising this feeling of brightness with pale tones such as Tallow. North facing rooms tend to have a cooler feel with little natural light so embrace their darkness with strong colours such as Brinjal.

Farrow & Ball Room
Walls and Woodwork in Pavilion Gray, Recess in Calamine.

Farrow & Ball Neutrals
Contemporary Neutrals swatches: Strong White, Elephant's Breath, Skimming Stone & All White.

4. Note the size of your space

Our top tip with large or small rooms is to work with nature and try not to fight their dimensions. Lighter colours are often best suited to big rooms as they maximise the space without feeling overpowering. However, darker shades and rich hues can create a real sense of intimacy within smaller spaces such as cloakrooms and studies, creating an inviting pocket of colour.

5. Be mindful of the period of your home

There are no set rules for decorating a period home or modern new build, but you may like to draw inspiration from its era. If you’d prefer a heritage feel, start with traditional neutrals like Lime White or historical colours such as Calke Green. Their green pigments add a softness to each finish, making it feel as though they’ve always belonged. For a more contemporary twist, cooler neutrals with blue undertones create a stronger architectural finish while greys often have create a subtle urban feel.

6. Gather accent pieces

Gather together favourite pieces of furniture, striking fabrics or distinctive features from around your room and draw them into the scheme. It might be picking out the colour of a scatter cushion or taking inspiration from a weathered wooden trunk. By tying in these features, you’ll create a more rounded and considered finish.

Farrow & Ball Room
Walls in Stiffkey Blue, paneling in Wimborne White.

Farrow & Ball Room
Walls in Shadow White, woodwork in Drop Cloth.

7. Don’t forget to test your colour scheme

To discover a colour’s true hue, paint a sample pot onto A4 card and move it about the room, checking how light affects the rich pigments in the morning and at night.

8. Think of the room as a whole

Remember your woodwork, ceiling, floors and doors. The transformation of a room may start with the walls, but for a carefully balanced scheme think of the room as a whole. Try listing every architectural feature in your room including cornicing, beams and coves so that no element is forgotten.

9. Tailor your scheme to your lifestyle

If you have a brood of little ones or wagging tails and muddy paws to contend with, try one of our harder wearing finishes. Modern Eggshell is an extremely durable option and perfect for the busier areas of your home. Perhaps avoid brushing All White onto the walls of your front hallway too!

10. Remember to choose what you love

Above all, we hope you’ll feel inspired to choose a look you love. It might be a daring bathroom colour that can’t help but make you smile, or a muted bedroom scheme which instantly calms you. By picking your favourite tones, you’ll create a welcoming retreat that naturally reflects your personality.