Farrow & Ball – My Little Pot O’ Dreams

Tue, Oct 16, 2007

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My co-worker picked up a sample pot of Farrow & Ball’s paint (#31 Raleigh) for me this weekend. Leave it to me to fall in love with paint that costs $85 a gallon. Anyhoo, their “colours chart” is so pretty, I am kinda tempted to frame the sucker for my office. Who says a paint chart can’t be art?

I’ll try to slap this on the Crate & Barrel Rojo cabinet (the back) to get a feel for it this weekend. Course, that requires moving couches and a few hundred books. Ick.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. rh Says:

    A friend of mine used to make art out of paint chips. Now she writes chicklet books. Excuse the terribly long link:
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01E1DB1E39F930A25757C0A9659C8B63&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/Subjects/I/Interior%20Design

  2. iloveupstate.com Says:

    Haha! That’s hysterical. Farrow & Ball have some trippy names:
    Savage Ground, Elephant’s Breath, Dead Salmon, Sugar Bag Light. Makes ya wonder what the fumes do to your brain, eh?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Love your site. Say, the Farrow paint is worth every penny. Tried it after living in the UK and never went back. The colors are more complex and have greater depth, and they use much more pigment than cheaper paint makers–so a gallon goes a long long way. They don’t use vinyl or latex binders in their paint, so the estate emulsion has a fab matte, almost chalky finish. And the stuff is just about odorless when you paint with it. You get a faint whiff of milk when you’re close to the roller. If you order the swatch book from their site for about 5 bucks, the swatches are totally true to the colors (color card is printing ink and a bit off.) (I’ve read blogs where people say they take Farrow chips and have them color matched to Ben Moore, but they won’t match-BM doesn’t use as many or enough pigment to get the rich colors.)

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