Best Farrow & Ball colours for a bedroom
From the Parisian elegance of Peignoir to striking Preference Red, we share our favourite Farrow & Ball shades for creating a relaxing bedroom scheme
Farrow & Ball paints are one of the most coveted brands on the market - and for good reason. For one thing, their colour palette features an instantly-recognisable array of signature shades spanning from delicate neutrals to intense and vibrant tones. In addition, Farrow & Ball paints are also renowned for their reaction to light - the time of day and orientation of your room will all affect the feel of the finish, which can shift through the day.
If you’re keen to bring that unique Farrow & Ball look to your bedroom, we’re here to help! The YourHomeStyle team - including our colleagues from Your Home and HomeStyle - have picked out their favourite Farrow & Ball colours to use in a bedroom. These shades have been chosen to create the ambience we all want to create in this oh-so-important room: a cosy space to relax and unwind, but also to wake up refreshed and ready to face the day. It’s a tall order, but we think these shades are up to the job!
Read on for our insight into the Farrow & Ball colours that will really boost your bedroom, as well as ideas for complementary shades to help you build a complete colour scheme.
Best Farrow & Ball colours for a bedroom
‘My current obsession is with Dimity,’ says HomeStyle’s staff writer Hannah Tribe. ‘It's a gorgeous warm cream that can read as pale pink or soft brown depending on what you decide to style it with. It's perfect for making bedrooms feel cosy, but still light and spacious.’
Use Dimity as a base for accenting with darker shades of brown or beige. To create contrast and bring out the red-brown in this delicate pale taupe, team with a purer white like Pointing or Strong White. Dimity also functions as a complementary neutral for darker red-based shades like Dead Salmon and Red Earth.
‘Vert de Terre’ is French for ‘earth green’ and that’s the perfect name for this soft, fresh shade that puts us in mind of the first rays of sunlight falling on a woodland grove - and that’s definitely the ambiance we want to wake up with in the morning!
Drenching your bedroom in a bold shade might seem like a daunting idea, but opting for an intense colour in a smaller room can give it a rich, jewel-like feel. Preference Red is the deepest red in the Farrow & Ball palette, so it’s the ideal choice for creating a dramatic vibe which simultaneously feels cosy and enveloping.
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‘I'm totally in love with Peignoir No. 286, which I've used in my bedroom,’ says YourHomeStyle senior editor Cinead McTernan. ‘It feels incredibly restful and depending on the time of day and how the light falls, each wall takes on a different hue. Happily, it also goes well with Mouse's Back, which is on the bedroom door leading onto the landing.’
If you want to lean into the romantic mood of this Parisian-inspired shade, pair with a soft grey like Dove Tale or a dreamy purple like Brassica, diluting the scheme with warm white such as Wevet. But you could also style Peignoir alongside a deep blue like De Nimes or iron grey like Down Pipe for a moodier feel.
A versatile dusky rose, Sulking Room Pink is a Farrow & Ball classic which works particularly well in cosier spaces, such as an intimate dining room or, yes, a bedroom. Style with gold accents like a bedside lamp or drawer handles for the ultimate luxe finish.
To double down on the romantic vibes, you can combine Sulking Room Pink with other dusky pinks like Peignoir or Cinder Rose, or soft greys such as Elephant’s Breath. For a fresher feel, try using a clean white or grey, like Skimming Stone or Great White, as an accent colour.
If your number one priority for a bedroom paint colour is waking up refreshed and full of energy for the day ahead, invigorating yellow is the way to go! Farrow & Ball says that Sudbury Yellow is particularly reactive to changes in light, which is ideal for a bedroom, where you’re looking for a colour that shines both in natural morning light and in the evening under the glow of a ceiling light or bedside lamp.
Sudbury Yellow is so-called as it was the shade used in the staircase of the 17th century mansion in Derbyshire of the same name, so you could embrace those roots by teaming it with period-inspired shades such as Slipper Satin or Pigeon. Or, for a more modern finish, pair with clean All White, or even a bold orange like Charlotte’s Lock.
For more bedroom colour inspo, check out our guide to the best colours to use in a bedroom for a restful night's sleep!