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Farrow & Ball reveals the colours of 2012

Farrow & Ball reveals the
colours of 2012

Unexpected colour combinations and colour blocking are the key looks for 2012. Strong greys are accented with warm yellows and clean blues for a really modern, graphic look, while subdued blue-greys and delicate purples remain fresh when paired with brighter colours in dynamic combinations.

Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon, Brassica, Railings and Babouche, are all rich, nostalgic shades with an underlying quiet intensity that makes them suited to decorating trends in 2012.


Colour should be casual but functional, a look epitomised by Pigeon, a mix of blue, grey and green tones. Used in small spaces multi-toned Pigeon creates an intimate feel, while in larger areas it has an unparalleled softness.

It has a weathered look when teamed with chalky shades like Mizzle, but becomes more functional when contrasted with All White. Accent this scheme with Incarnadine to make it more modern and atmospheric.


Pale aubergine shade, Brassica, with its underlying black tone really sums up the mood of 2012. It has an ethereal quality, but importantly can still be relaxed when used in unexpected combinations.

Keep this nostalgic colour fresh and exciting by combining with Stone Blue on ceilings, or use to add colour to any neutral scheme. Evoke modern elegance by accenting Brassica with Dove Tale on woodwork and Strong White on floors, for a sophisticated look that’s not too formal.


Interiors are dramatic yet easy to live with, an approach encapsulated by soft velvety charcoal tone, Railings. Used on walls, Railings can transform a small dark room into a tranquil cocoon.

Key to this look is balance; retain equilibrium by introducing India Yellow to give a vintage twist. Alternatively, Railings can make real impact when used on floors or as a feature wall alongside simple underplayed shades like Skylight or Cabbage White.


2012 is all about effervescent, positive yellows like Babouche. Traditionally used in a matt finish, make a bold statement with high-shine Full Gloss on walls to add a sense of fun to interiors. A striking, graphic flash of this vivid hue will really lift a neutral scheme, and particularly complements greys.

Combine with Plummett for a vintage feel or, for a really contemporary scheme pair Babouche with Blackened in colour blocks on walls and Pavilion Gray on woodwork. This bold palette, warm and unforgettable, is perfectly suited to modern decorating.