Farrow & Ball have long been the trusted paint brand of choice for many, simply because they know a thing or two about what colours we want to paint our homes, way before we even know ourselves.
Which is why Farrow & Ball’s paint trend predictions are worth listening to, as they have looked into their paint splattered crystal ball and have seen the future of home decorating – as far as 2022, anyway.
Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s Colour Curator, predicts that simple and familiar colours in clever combinations will be experiencing a revival in the home in 2022: ‘There is something inherently human in the colours that we are attracted to for 2022, as well as in the way we use them.’
‘Décor is moving forward while drawing inspiration from the modest character of the world of folk and craft, using five significant shades that extol the virtues of a simple life and can be used in any combination and in any room.
‘They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today. Function goes hand in hand with ornament, using colours and finishes in unusual ways to celebrate the principles of utility, kindness and honesty.’
With that said, let’s reveal the five colours that are at the top of Farrow & Ball’s paint trend predictions for 2022. Paint brushes at the ready…
After a couple years of darkness and uncertainty, a return to brighter colours, such as the bold and cheerful Babouche, is welcomed. Babouche takes its name from the distinctive colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco. Here, F&B has used the sunshine-y hue in conjunction with School House White, to create a checkerboard effect.
Farrow & Ball says: ‘Rooms that feature Babouche appear to be full of sunshine, especially when combined with understated School House White. The palette itself has a simple, folksy feel, but its use across the walls, bath panel and floor creates an overall look that is incredibly striking.’
School House White
Finding the right tone of white for a room is easier said than done, but this timeless and familiar soft off-white, reminiscent of the colour used in old school houses, is designed to still look white even when used in deep shade. Here, it has been used to create another checkerboard pattern, this time with Stone Blue on the floor to really play into the nostalgic feel.
Farrow & Ball says: ‘This age-old form of decorating introduces colour just below eye level to retain a light and airy atmosphere above, while also providing durability.’
Breakfast Room Green
Known for its calming vibes and for being evocative of nature, it’s no wonder we’re all painting our homes in soft green tones right now. Breakfast Room Green remains lively in both bright sunlight or softer candlelight, making it ideal for many different situations.
Farrow & Ball says: ‘Named after the usually east facing rooms designed for eating the first meal of the day, it is particularly beautiful in the dawn light.’
Another calming, but not cool, paint colour set to be big in 2022 is Stone Blue, a warm, lively and saturated hue that can work alongside both warmer tones for a vintage feel and cooler tones for a contemporary look. Here, F&B has used it on the door in Full Gloss.
Farrow & Ball says: ‘The traditional values of Full Gloss are perfect for use in the home in 2022 and can be introduced sparingly and in surprising ways (perhaps on a door or a kitchen unit) to add a modern feel with a suitably vintage flavour.’
This rich crimson may seem like a scary colour to paint with, but used in the right way it can evoke a range of different emotions – paired with dark mahogany furniture it creates a sumptuous and glamorous look, but use it with a bright white and it becomes edgy and graphic, such as above.
Farrow & Ball says: ‘Cleverly, the ceiling stripes have been brought down onto the walls a short way, which creates an intimate tent-like feel and softens the join between wall and ceiling.’