If you, like me, have no confidence in your design or other aesthetic opinion and you have got to paint any room (or the whole thing) in a new colour and you are stricken with indecision – (grey too cold? white so blank. please please not cream again?) – paint everything and I mean EVERYTHING in Pale Powder by Farrow and Ball.
This was a tip handed to me by a women who is one of the interior design department of a very large and famous and cool restaurant and hotel chain. It’s a colour that’s there but not there. It’s warm and peaceful and thrilling all at the same time, it’s neither overwhelming nor boring. It works in North, South, East or West-facing rooms. Everyone likes it (I mean, unless you have very specific ideas about strong colours, or monochrome). It’s just a great colour.
In a “busy” room, such as a kitchen, you can even paint all the woodwork the same colour, too. I know that sounds like a weird idea but I have seen it done and it works just fine.
Just had the hall, stairs and landing painted in Pale Powder, total winner!! I love it!
I have a very similar colour to this in my hallway (think mines more likely crown or dulux though) with the stairs and woodwork in white, looks fab, very happy with it.
I am obsessed with F&B, painting rooms in wild abandon – its only colour, you can change it in a weekend…
study is Calluna, kitchen Sudbury Yellow, and sitting room Archive. I would recommend archive as a great neutral. Not sure I’d recommend Calluna, or purple generally in fact.
Not Calluna – ‘Brassica’. I knew it was something like ‘Cabbage’ they must be pissing themselves when they name them.
We too have recently painted the hall, landing and stairs in Pale Powder. It was the only colour be agreed would go with the multicoloured tiled floor in the hall. Love it.
Dulux Jurassic Stone is almost identical to this, we have painted most of our house this colour. Great if you’re on more of a budget!
I have zero confidence in my design skills but having just done hall, stairs etc in (knock off) F&B Pale Powder, I now feel able to hold my head up high among the Annie Sloan furniture-painting wreath-making book-clubbing interior designers that seem to have taken over my village. Thanks Esther.
I may have overdone the vitriol on that one, any chance you can take it down?!
errr god okay I’ll have a go. hang on