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18 Feb

Farrow and Ball Peignoir #MyFavouriteNewColour.


Farrow-and-Ball-Peignoir-Little-Big-Bell This month saw the launch of Farrow and Ball’s 9 new Colours that varied from muted pastels, to strong brights and darker tones.

They are called Shadow White ( a lighter neutral white), Drop Cloth (the colour of painter’s dust sheet), Worsted (Grey), Cromarty (a colour inspired by mist from the sea), Peignoir ( a grey pink), Yeabridge Green ( a clean fresh green), Vardo ( a rich teal inspired by the colour of Romany wagons), Inchyra Blue ( aged blue grey) and Salon Drab (A warm drab brown).

I was asked by Farrow and Ball to pick my favourite new colour, from their collection of nine.

For those who know me, it probably came as no surprise, that I gravitated towards the one with a pinky hue.

I picked Farrow and Ball Peignoir, a grey pink colour with a romantic feel.

The name Peignoir  was inspired by the chiffon gowns that ladies traditionally wore, whilst brushing their hairs, in their boudoirs.

What’s interesting about this colour, is how it changes with light. It could be a muted pink at a particular time of day, and then a chalky grey at another.

For me, the colour Peignoir bears an analogy to Yin and Yang, the dark vs light and feminine vs masculine. I have created 2 moodboards to illustrate this.

My first moodboard (above) is about the pinker side of Peignoir. Farrow-and-Ball-1-Peignoir-Little-Big-Bell-blog The pink of this dusky rose and vase is what Peignoir looks like in a room filled with light or when contrasted against white. It’s the Summery side of Peignoir.

It’s only when the sun goes down, that the warmer grey tones come through.

This could be the perfect colour compromise if someone in your household is not keen on pink walls. After all, Peignoir is not pink, it’s a shade of grey, right? Peignoir-pink-grey-2-Farrow-and-Ball-paint-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have painted this background wall in Peignoir.

Peignoir is also a great backdrop for making pink colours pop, in a visually soothing way, than when placed against a stark white wall. Farrow-and-Ball-Spring-2016-colours-Peignoir-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Light pinks and hints of green, when set against Peignoir, creates a soft and cosy feel to a room.

For Autumn, I am thinking of placing a Sage green velvet sofa against a wall painted in Peignoir. Scattered on the sofa will be blush or pale pink cushions, the same colour as the rose petals above.

Does that sound cosy? Can you visualise it in your mind?
Peignoir-by-Farrow-and-Ball-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s my second moodboard. The grey side of Peignoir. Farrow-and-Ball-Peignoir-2-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell Grey dominates in Peignoir when the lights are low.

Chalky whites, such as of this ceramic milk bottle, can further accentuate the grey. Peignoir-cups-1-Farrow-and-Ball-Little-Big-Bell One of my favourite colour combinations are blues and pinks. Peignoir looks wonderful when combined with turquoise blue.

When light floods into a room, the dusky pinks from Peignoir look stunning with the blues.

Equally, when Autumn/Winter sets in, and as daylight hours get shorter, those bright blues will pop against the darkening grey of Peignoir.

What do you think of Peignoir? Isn’t it wonderful to have 2 colours that can interchange with lighting.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. For a chance to win 5 litres of the new Farrow and Ball paint in the colour of your choice, please comment on this post and let me know which is your favourite new colour? I would really love to find out and good luck in the competition.

Have a happy weekend all!

( The winner of the 5 litres of Farrow and Ball paint is Christine Morgan. Congratulations! and thanks to all who participated).

( All styling and photography in this post are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored collaborative post with Farrow and Ball).

  1. Christine Morgan

    Loving the mood boards and how the Peignoir is a great backdrop to pinks & turquoise blues. Looking at the new Farrow and Ball shades am leaning slightly to Drop Cloth thinking of walls in my apartment but it’s a hard choice.

  2. Thea

    Such a pretty colour and lovely photos. My favourite new colour is Parma Gray – it looks so chic and simple!

  3. Oh I love the way you’ve used different objects to highlight the undertones in this shade. Have to say I like the Drop cloth shade the best

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thanks Carole. In fact, my sage sofa arrived today and it’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to style it up. x

  4. Rasheda

    Hello Geraldine
    The perfect dream. I just love this beautiful colour.
    Wishing you a lovely day x

  5. CJ Brown

    Peignoir is stunning..I am also in love with Worsted..F&B have always been my favorite for decorating..xx

  6. Rachel

    I’m definitely loving the Peignoir! The other grey options are lovely, too, but this one has such a lovely shade.

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Totally agree Rachel, the other grey options of Farrow and Ball paints are gorgeous too. Good luck in the giveaway.

  7. Lovely post- I also love Peignoir, specially as we now move towards summer. I love growing lots of flowers to cut and display inside and I think it would look lovely in my dining room with beautiful bold pink flowers and their green leaves displayed in front.
    Farah x

  8. I adore this colour! It’s definitely my favourite from their range! I think I can also get away with this as its pink with a grey tone which I will emphasise the ‘grey’ a lot to my other half LOL!

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      That’s precisely what I’ll emphasise to hubby too, Ari. It sure is grey. To be honest, I’m not even sure he’ll notice 🙂

  9. I am totally in love with Cromharty it’s a beautiful hue i can see me working that into our new home project in the summer.

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Sounds like an exciting home project Sarah. Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

  10. emily omara

    I have just moved into my first owned flat, have just painted the door the gorgeous Breakfast Room Green

  11. Barbara Dale

    What are your thoughts of F&B’s PEIGNOIR as an exterior color?

    I love, love, love your posts!

    Many thanks,

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Dear Barbara. Thanks. I think Peignoir could look great as an outdoor colour. It really also depends on the amount of light you get, as the colour tone changes with lighting. The pinkish lilac tones are more obvious when the light is low.

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