Are you a fan of Farrow and Ball paint? I’ve featured their paint and wallpaper on the blog before, but have to admit that I’d never used them personally in my own home, until now. We’ve been decorating the bathroom recently, (yes, I know, we started it quite a while ago!) and it’s starting to come along quite nicely. In the last week, we’ve been testing out some new Farrow and Ball paint, courtesy of Kent Blaxill, so I have first hand experience of the product. Here’s our Farrow and Ball Borrowed Light review.
About 18 months ago, I attended an inspiring event hosted by a local interiors store, where Farrow and Ball colour consultant, Joa Studholme spoke about how to use colour in your home. It was a fascinating evening, and really interesting listening to Joa’s opinion and advice. Since then, the post I wrote based on that night, has been one of the most popular on the blog. Amazing.
Initially, we had the idea that we might like a sort of fennel type, acidic green/yellow colour for the bathroom. Hard to describe but we had the idea and tried to find the paint that would suit. This didn’t go well. As you can see from this picture, the colours looked harsh and dull in the small bathroom. I can assure you, they didn’t look like this in the pot!
This is why you should always test your colour in the room before you buy or apply. It never looks the same, and this room, being quite small and lacking in natural light, changed the colours completely once on the wall.
A couple of these patches are Farrow and Ball paints though, and I was intrigued at how the changing light affected the colour. What looked like off white in the morning, soon looked grey, and almost beige in the fading light.
Farrow and Ball paint:
The range of Farrow and Ball Colours available from Kent Blaxill as part of the beautiful collection is unrivalled, and the depth and quality of each colour is stunning in comparison to many others. With 132 colours available, you will be able to find just the colour to suit you, within the great variety.
Farrow and Ball is very different to many others. This is what they have to say about their product:
It’s the high levels of pigment, rich resin binders, and the high refractory nature of our key ingredients that produces that signature immersive depth of colour.
I’ve chosen Borrowed Light, a pale shade of blue (or is it grey) that is ‘the precise colour of sunlight across shade’. It’s a soft blue, sometimes bordering on pale grey and off white, but is very calming and subtle. Ideal for the room, and much better than the harsh colour we were used to.
There’s no blind in the room at the moment, that’s on order, so it’s hard to take a decent photo, and give you the proper sense of the colour.
The paint is low-odour, which is nice when you’re decorating the only bathroom in the house. The coverage is great too, very easy to apply and seemingly going a long way. The chalky finish is perfect and very modern. You will need two coats to get that Farrow and Ball depth of colour, and we used the F&B undercoat too to cover the stronger initial colour. Each 2.5l tin retails for just under £40, and we went for standard Estate emulsion which was just £36.
Kent Blaxill kindly sent us the paint for this review, but if you spend over £45 with them then delivery is free to the UK Mainland. It only takes a few extra paint brushes and masking tape and you’re there.
So, would I recommend the paint? Will I be using it again? Oh yes. It’s well worth paying a little extra for the quality and depth of colour; it’s really in a different league. Thumbs up for Farrow and Ball Borrowed Light.