Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Case Study: Farrow and Ball Light Blue (Pt 2)

 Oooh, I love this colour! Time for an updated, more detailed version of my Farrow and Ball Light Blue Paint Case Study.

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue in our home!

I receive so many enquiries week by week about the paint colour in our Master Bedroom (which is F. Light Blue) that I thought an update was well overdue!

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue in a gorgeous living room

This Paint Colour Study features our bedroom, and also other rooms I've sourced to give you the very best idea of how Farrow and Ball Light Blue plays out on the walls.

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen - so Modern Country!

And not only do these Colour Studies show lots of pretty pictures (though how could that be wrong?!) but I also hope they give you a clearer impression of what you can expect when you use Farrow and Ball paint in your own home. 

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue

For example, when used on front doors, Farrow and Ball Light Blue will appear much paler - almost to the point of being an off-white....but still looks stunningly crisp paired with white woodwork.

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue Front Door In Bright Daylight

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue  front door with cloudy sky


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Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, BM Iron Mountain, Farrow and Ball Light Blue front door in shade

This is also true when Farrow and Ball Light Blue is given lots of natural light....

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Hallway woodwork in Farrow and Ball Light Blue

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue bedroom

Farrow and Ball Light Blue (no. 22) looks paler on painted furniture....

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue painted furniture

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue dresser - I love the Modern Country twist!

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue 

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue painted furniture with dark wax finish

Kitchen units look a pale grey-blue dream with F&B Light Blue paint...

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen with matching tiles!

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen with warm tones

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue painted kitchen with cool tones

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen with white

...as long as there is good lighting. However, in dimmer lighting, and this is where it gets a little tricky to predict, even painted furniture with plenty of external angles to bounce light from looks a little moody in Farrow and Ball Light Blue...

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Lovely Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen

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Dimly lit Farrow and Ball Light Blue kitchen

Farrow and Ball Light Blue's darker side comes out in smaller rooms, or those that receive very little light (for example, north-facing rooms)...

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue panelled bedroom

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue bathroom in dark light

Farrow and Ball Light Blue, slipper satin
Farrow and Ball Light Blue on hall walls, slipper satin on woodwork

When choosing paint colours for clients, I always consider all aspects of a room before choosing paints to avoid any nasty surprises. It's astonishing how much some colours change from the paint chart to the wall, or even from room to room. These images show what you can really expect from Farrow and Ball Light Blue...

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Our Farrow and Ball Light Blue bedroom - I LOVE it!

Do be careful when looking online - there are plenty of mis-labelled images out there. And Farrow and Ball Light Blue is no exception. If you stumble across an image that looks extraordinarily different from any others you've seen of the same colour then chances are that it's been mis-labelled. 

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Muted Farrow and Ball paints are perfect for the bedroom

Farrow and Ball's paints often need to be taken with a pinch of salt and Light Blue is certainly a case in point. Yes, it is Light and yes, it does have a hint of Blue but is has SO much grey in it, as well as a touch of green that calling the colour plain old Light Blue just doesn't do it justice. 

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A Lampshade from Jim Lawrence complements the F. Light Blue paint

There are plenty of images out there but some seem to have distorted the colour somehow (hello, Photoshop) so I haven't included those. The images I've picked for this Colour Study are those that best represent how Farrow and Ball Light Blue actually looks to the naked eye.

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue and white bedroom

A small tester square gives no hint of how beautiful this colour is. F. Light Blue builds up in intensity in the corners of a room, yet reflects the light beautifully when given a chance.

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Farrow and Ball Light Blue in artificial light

 Not many colours can be cool and restful yet warm and cosy at the same time but this one can. I think it's safe to say that Farrow and Ball Light Blue will feature forever in my all time supremo favourite paint colours evah!

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A close up of our bed and Farrow and Ball Light Blue walls

Let's compare it to some other Farrow and Ball paints so you get a good point of reference...

Farrow and Ball Light Blue and Farrow and Ball Hardwick White
Farrow and Ball Light Blue (right) and Farrow and Ball Hardwick White (left)

Farrow and Ball Light Blue Farrow's Cream and Picture Gallery Red
Farrow and Ball Light Blue on hall walls with Farrow's Cream and Picture Gallery Red

Farrow and Ball Light Blue, Farrow and Ball Old White
Farrow and Ball Light Blue with Farrow and Ball Old White

Farrow and Ball Light Blue is a paint colour that can change from green....

Farrow and Ball 22 Light Blue.
The wall color is Farrow and Ball 22 Light Blue.

to blue...

Farrow and Ball 22 Light Blue.
Bedroom in Farrow and Ball 22 Light Blue.

to grey in a twinkling of an eye.

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Farrow & Ball's Light blue looking super-grey

Farrow and Ball Light Blue can take on the simplest of interiors....

Bath is painted in Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre, the floor and walls in Light Blue
Bath is painted in Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre, the floor and walls in no. 22 Light Blue

or the grandest of homes...

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Beautiful hall in Farrow and Ball Light Blue

...and always look absolutely gorgeous!

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Our Farrow and Ball Light Blue Master bedroom

For more Case Studies, just click on the links below:


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Our Modern Country bedroom in Farrow and Ball Light Blue

Isn't it delicious?



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8 comments :

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

As usual your studies, your studies are absolutely fascinating. I had a little surprise with Wimborne White recently as it looked totally different in my room at my parents' and in my dining-room.

Helen Fryers said...

Yes! Light blue at my parents-in-laws' seems a pure, unadulterated grey, but to our surprise is green, green, green in our hallway! (Though still lovely & calm.)

The Snowdrop Project said...

Incredible the difference on colour.
Your post has shown this perfectly.
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
Lizx

Kathleen said...

So many beautiful examples. Now I want to go paint something! The marble black and white bathroom floor and vanity looks so similar to my bathroom except I went very classic white walls. I debated on a soft blue now I'm second guessing myself....sigh.

designchic said...

It is one of my favorite colors - adore the way it looks in each image…your bedroom a favorite - happy weekend!!

M said...

I am actually about to use this color on my floor and want white walls but can't decide on the shade of white. I know I am late to the party here but your combination in the bedroom is perfection. Could you possibly share which shade you chose?

Sarah Lidwell-Durnin said...

This has been incredibly helpful, Sarah! I am in the process of settling on Light Blue for my bright, north facing upstairs living room, and as my sofa is a grey/beige I'm feeling nervous about over-greying it. I might need to paint a large sample instead of 10 inch square "swatches" on the wall!

Thank you!

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