Inky blues, dusky pinks and olive greens may be stealing the spotlight right now, but if you’re looking for a beautiful, hardworking shade to suit any space, it doesn’t get much better than a gorgeous grey.
'This versatile neutral is wonderful as a striking statement or subtle background shade, and there’s one (or more) on our color card for every kind of space,' says Farrow & Ball color specialists.
So, what are the most popular Farrow & Ball color trends in 2021? Read on to find out...
1. Cornforth White
Neither too warm nor too cool, Cornforth White is an extremely versatile and understated color. Decorating schemes will never tire of white but an all-white scheme can make a real statement. Glamorous yet relaxed, mix up different tones of white for a fresh and airy feel.
Ammonite is named after the treasured fossils often found on the Dorset coast. It has a fantastically understated quality. Its subtle grey tones create a hushed, calming feel.
It is Farrow & Ball's most popular neutral – neither too warm nor too cool, and works in all rooms, no matter their orientation. There's a very subtle grey tone to it that is only noticeably if you pair it with a brighter white such as All White.
More blue than black, Railings is a softer alternative to black which is particularly suited to the ironwork it takes its name from. The bluer undertones of this dark hue transform rooms into dramatic and enveloping interior spaces. We love this color in studies and dining rooms, where it is wonderful for adding character and atmosphere.
Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones to it which deepen the complexity of the finish. ‘Originally inspired by the color used to paint downpipes and guttering, it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal,’ say Farrow & Ball color specialists. We think it's a wonderful contrast to Farrow & Ball's light neutrals.
5. Elephant's Breath
This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant's Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms.
- See: Grey living room ideas – for gorgeous neutral schemes
6. Hague Blue
This strong blue takes its name from the fantastically colored woodwork much used by the Dutch, and still works wonderfully to ground skirtings or as an accent color. This blue has a green undertone which gives it warmth and makes it a great choice for rooms that are north- or east-facing and which receive cooler natural daylight.
7. Strong White
This cool white is both strong by name and strong by nature. The subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes.
This pale blue grey takes its name from the soft natural light that often pours through ceiling skylights. This is a definite cool blue when used in small spaces but becoming paler and greyer when used in larger areas.
9. Skimming Stone
This stony off white takes its name from a 19th century skim, or plaster color, but often reminds us of childhood afternoons skimming stones. With its warm light grey undertones, Skimming Stone is extremely versatile and particularly suited to soothing bedroom schemes.
10. Stiffkey Blue
This inky blue is named after the Norfolk beach where the mud, along with the cockles, share a particular deep navy hue. Although traditional in feel, Stiffkey Blue is often used as an alternative to Down Pipe to create a richly dramatic space with a more contemporary finish.
Which is the most popular Farrow & Ball paint color – and why?
It's pale grey. Soft and subtle, light grey can be used anywhere you’d consider a white. Far from looking spartan, it can add character and depth to even the simplest of spaces.
‘The most important aspect of using color in 2021 is to create spaces that are warm and welcoming for our friends and family – colors that make us feel proud of our homes. Strong colors suit rooms we use at the end of the day when we want to relax and be comforted,’ advises Joa Studhome, Farrow & Ball Color Curator.
The research comes from Sellhousefast.uk who used the search engine tool SEMrush to explore the most searched for interior colors. The research also looked into colors from Dulux and Little Greene, and found that grey was the most popular choice with each brand. Meanwhile, white and beige interior colors are second favorite, and slowly increasing in popularity.
Why are Farrow & Ball's paints so popular?
Homes & Gardens is a big fan of Farrow & Ball paint – the color palette is simply beautiful and the quality of the paint is wonderful. We spoke to Charlotte Cosby, the company's Head of Creative, who explains why she thinks Farrow & Ball enjoys such great success.
'Our paints have high levels of pigment, rich resin binders and high quality ingredients, giving them a unique depth of color. We carefully source our ingredients from suppliers to ensure you’ll find only the highest quality in each tin. We have a thoughtfully created palette of 132 colors in a range of interior and exterior, modern and traditional finishes. Our paint is meticulously tested, giving you the extraordinary color and long-lasting finish you expect every time.'