Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball are a British manufacturer of paints, and wallpapers largely based upon historic colour palettes and archives. Their colour names, such as Elephant's Breath, have become talking points [1] in themselves.


The company was started by John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball in the 1930s in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.[2] They have worked with the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty of the UK,[3] in formulating near to exact matches for the restoration of historic building interiors and exteriors. Today they maintain an updated colour card of 132 colours. Farrow & Ball also produce wallpaper patterns made using traditional block, trough and roller methods and made using Farrow & Ball paint.

Showrooms and stockists

The company has 54 showrooms across the UK, US, Canada & Europe as well as a global network of stockists carrying both paint and wallpaper.


Farrow & Ball has produced three books; Paint and Colour in Decoration,[4] The Art of Colour[5] and Living With Colour[6]


  1. http://karenhaller.co.uk/blog/branding-colour-how-paint-companies-personalities-shines-through-their-paint-colour-names/
  2. "Farrow & Ball Traditional Papers & Paint - Wimborne White". Farrow & Ball. Retrieved 2009-06-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/home/la-hm-wallpaper14apr14,1,3351908.story?coll=la-home-printedition
  4. Friedman, Joseph. Paint and Color in Decoration. Rizzoli New York: 2003. ISBN 0-8478-2593-0.
  5. Coleman, Brian D. Farrow & Ball The Art of Colour. Gibbs Smith Layton, Utah: 2007. ISBN 978-1-4236-0010-7
  6. Byam Shaw, Ros. Living with Colour. Ryland Peters & Small New York/London: 2010. ISBN 978-1-84975-038-7


Friedman, Joseph. Paint and Color in Decoration. Rizzoli New York: 2003. ISBN 0-8478-2593-0.

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