Farrow & Ball's 2022 colour trends are here...

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Photo credit: Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball has unveiled its top five colour trends for 2022 – and it's an eclectic mix that extols the virtues of a simple life.

Babouche, School House White, Breakfast Room Green, Stone Blue, and Incarnadine have been named as the shades that will define 2022. Rooted in a feeling of folk and craftsmanship – with a versatile mix of function, form and comfort – each colour is anchored in a sense of comfortability and simplicity.

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. 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," Joa explains.

So on that note, take a look at Farrow & Ball's Colours of the Year for 2022.

Babouche No.223

  • This cheerful shade will intensify when used in large areas

  • Named after the distinctive colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco

Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball

In 2022 we'll relish brighter colours that herald a return to normality. The cheerful and uncomplicated Babouche is perfect for embracing this, as while its bold, it never feels garish or overpowering.

"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," Joa explains.

School House White No.291

  • A soft off white

  • A pared-back shade without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups

Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball

There is something so familiar and comforting about a painted floor, and this checkerboard pattern in Stone Blue and School House White modern eggshell instantly transports you to the past.

The nostalgia continues with Breakfast Room Green (in washable modern emulsion) on the lower walls, and School House White (in the flatter estate emulsion) on the upper walls and ceiling. Joa adds, "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 No.81

  • The most cheerful of all F&B's greens

  • Remains lively in both bright sunlight or softer candlelight

Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball

Using one colour on both walls and woodwork, such as lively Breakfast Room Green, is great for making a room look bigger by disguising the limits of the space. The bold use of this one colour also creates a perfect background for art, or for furniture which can be upcycled with a lick of modern eggshell.

'The combination here of Breakfast Room Green and Stone Blue feels both arresting and familiar, while the chalky matte finish of our signature estate emulsion on the walls shows these colours at their very best as the light changes through the day,' Joa explains.

Stone Blue No.86

  • A warm and timeless blue

  • Named after the indigo pigment which was often imported in lumps in the 18th century

Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball

While School House White is pared back, timeless and familiar, it has a subtle sophistication that makes it the perfect foil for stronger hues like the lively tones of Stone Blue, used here on the door in full gloss.

"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," Joa explains. "The strong classic tones of Incarnadine below the chair rail also introduce some excitement while retaining an element of modesty."

Incarnadine No.248

  • F&B's richest crimson

  • Unashamedly classic and glamorous

Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: James Merrell/Farrow & Ball

Seeing an eclectic mix of styles and colours, chosen not only for pure pleasure but as part of a great decorative hack, results in a happy and bold room.

Headboard shapes are painted in School House White directly onto the Breakfast Room Green walls, while bold stripes have been introduced on the ceiling in rich, clean Incarnadine.

"Perhaps most 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," Joa adds.

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