Farrow & Ball Curated By Liberty
Ultimate colour meets quintessential print, in an exciting new collaboration uniting two British interiors iconsRead more
To celebrate the new interiors collection of Farrow & Ball curated by Liberty, we speak to the brand’s Colour Consultant for over 25 years Joa Studholme, along with Head of Design for Liberty Interiors Genevieve Bennett, about the magic meeting of historic print with harmonious colour.
With its ardent global following and historic background of storytelling through colour, to say that Dorset-based Farrow & Ball is an institution of British interiors would be something of an understatement. Joa Studholme has been the paint brand’s original colour consultant and curator since the mid-1990s: “My job involves many things, from developing and naming new colours to giving hints and tips about the power of colour in the home in the form of talks and a couple of books,” she explains. “However, I spend most of my time in people’s homes helping them choose colours that enhance the architecture, work with the light and bring them joy.”
Pairing our iconic designs with exquisite paint colours such as these really gives the patterns space to breathe and sing.
For the new collaboration, Studholme worked closely with Head of Design for Liberty Interiors Genevieve Bennett to select and curate an edit of 15 beautiful hues from Farrow & Ball’s treasured colour archive. These were painstakingly chosen to reflect and harmonise with prints from the contemporary Liberty furnishing fabrics and wallpaper ranges: “We took into consideration which colours worked best for the contemporary home, and also which had a ‘Liberty’ feel to them,” says Studholme. “The answer was many! This union felt like a match made in heaven, and each time a colour and fabric were paired the excitement rose.”
With their historic archives and iconic statuses as British world-leaders in print and colour respectively, there is an irresistible shared sensibility between Liberty and Farrow & Ball. “What could be more compelling than the union of two such iconic British brands, which have both really stood the test of time?” notes Studholme. Characterised by a careful and considered philosophy of investment-led design, the collaboration’s pairings are created to last and be loved throughout the years. “Heritage pattern really comes alive when used with solid colour,” says Bennett. “Pairing our iconic designs with exquisite paint colours such as these really gives the patterns space to breathe and sing. It has added another dimension to the collection – we are so looking forward to seeing them together within homes."
These 15 colours might have their roots in the past, but they are perfect for the contemporary home – just like the fabrics they complement.
The archival Farrow & Ball hues chosen for this edit span across darks, mids and brights within each colour range, in a selection that captures the brands’ shared passion for forward-looking design with proud heritage roots. “From the edgier and deeply complex tones of Pantalon and Chemise to the simple appeal of Archive and Clunch, these 15 colours might have their roots in the past, but they are perfect for the contemporary home – just like the fabrics they complement,” says Studholme. Although it is hard to pick a favourite among the collection, there are certain combinations that have won the colour curator’s heart: “Every pairing feels irresistible to me, but I particularly love the deep rich tones of Cola with whimsical Botanical Flora Lacquer – I can barely wait to use them in an intimate evening space where they will feel really dramatic.”
With a fluently instinctive feel for colour and print, this edit explores the current mood for interiors as a warm and peaceful personal sanctuary. “I feel strongly that we will be attracted to using colours that feel simple and familiar in the coming year,” says Studholme. “Décor is moving forward while drawing inspiration from the modest character of the world of folk and craft. These colour and print combinations evoke the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age, while still celebrating life today.”
The full paint collection is available to purchase in Farrow & Ball showrooms, selected stockists, and at farrow-ball.com. Liberty interiors fabrics and Farrow & Ball sample pots are available to purchase from libertylondon.com.