Farrow & Ball's color curator reveals 2021's most on-trend color pairing

Color curator Joa Studholme reveals the most sought-after combination of the year

Pink Ground kitchen walls by Farrow & Ball
(Image credit: Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball)

When it comes to choosing paint colors, Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball's curator, is a mine of information, expertise and advice. Joa doesn't only observe paint trends, but is indeed responsible for their discovery. 

So, when H&G sat down with Joa, we were inevitably going to cover the biggest question amongst interior enthusiasts – what is the most popular color pairing? 

The discussion of color combinations is provocative, but armed with Joa's suggestions, we can't stray too far from an exquisitely curated palette. Here, she shares her paint ideas for every room.

(Image credit: Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball)

It is no secret that green is among the trendiest tones of the year, but Joa suggests we are also turning to a pastel hue alongside this verdant shade. 

'Kitchen walls painted in blushing Pink Ground (above) with units in Green Smoke (below) are enduringly popular for those who prefer a more muted scheme,' she shares. 'While pairing the more lively Bancha on walls with a Cinder Rose ceiling creates a space that somehow feels nostalgic and modern at the same time.'

So, there is a pink and green combination for every type of home – whether you are searching for a soothing palette or a bold and brilliant scheme that brings these timeless shades into the contemporary day. 

However, while Joa has her favorite duo, we were equally keen to learn if there we should stay away from any color pairings. Her answer gives us the license to experiment with any tones we desire. 

Green living room by Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Green Smoke No. 47 Modern Emulsion India Yellow No.66)

'No color combinations should be avoided – we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that's what makes our colorful world more interesting,' Joa explains. 

After sharing her advice on one of 2021's most popular tones, Joa shared her pairing advice for another shade at the top of everybody's living room paint ideas: gray. 

'Over the last 15 years, we have developed four groups of different grays at Farrow & Ball, so there is something to appeal to everyone. The Contemporary Neutrals work best with pinks and reds, the Architectural Neutrals always feel great with blues, while the Easy Gray Neutrals, created to be easy to live with, work with practically any shade,' Joa explains. 

Shadow White hallway with chandelier

(Image credit: Shadow White by Farrow & Ball)

Armed with advice on the most sought-after shades of the season, our homes have never felt quite so contemporary – or looked so brilliantly colorful. 

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.