Seasonal Decorating Inspiration from Farrow & Ball

Christmas is a special time of year for all the family and decorating can be a great way to re-invigorate your home while filling it with holiday cheer. A new colour scheme will help your home look its best for festive entertaining and provide a fresh palette for the new year.

Farrow & Ball has created several different looks to help bring some seasonal sparkle into your home using its timeless paint colours and unique handcrafted wallpapers. Here Joa Studholme, international colour consultant at Farrow & Ball, talks through each of the colour schemes and shares her secrets to creating a truly memorable Christmas.

“What can be more romantic than a white Christmas? This room is painted in classic Farrow & Ball neutrals and dressed with metallic, evoking the modern festive spirit. By using one colour on the walls and panelling there is a certain calmness, seen here in Wimborne White to enhance the architectural detail. Stronger Pavilion Gray on the skirting serves to ground the room and give a modern twist. The decorations take their lead from the paint colours to ensure that the whole look is unified.”

“Red has always been the colour of Christmas and the traditional crimson dining room evokes childhood memories of happy yuletides past. This modern day twist of using Rectory Red on the walls creates 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 this perfectly harmonious look. The ideal room for a modern day Father Christmas to have his snack.”

“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 why not forgo a tree and create a woodland paradise using treasured pots and ornaments. The addition of this strong colour in such a pared down room instantly changes its feel and conjures the festive spirit.”

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

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

“As the long winter nights draw in, why not embrace the cosy side of life. This room, despite being starved of natural light, is super welcoming, because, it has embraced the darkness with the use of Oval Room Blue on the walls. The underlying grey in this colour gives it an unsurpassed softness, the perfect backdrop for a roaring fire and candle light. To complete this simple look, the decorations are totally natural and feel like they are fresh from the forest.”

“Two modern day Christmas angels in the form of simple portraits watch over this alluring haul of presents. Striking Railings on both the walls and panelling is the perfect backdrop for the pictures, alongside the kaleidoscope of Farrow & Ball wallpapers used as gift wrapping. When adding decorations to a dark dramatic space you need to be bold – use jewel-like colours to really stand out and evoke the holiday spirit.”

All Farrow & Ball paints are made in the same way, using only the finest quality ingredients and high levels of rich pigments. Available in a range of durable interior and exterior paint finishes, they offer exceptional performance and an unrivalled depth of colour.

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