Interiors | Colour by Nature, the new collaboration with Farrow & Ball and The Natural History Museum…

Farrow & Ball paint is well known for it’s use of heritage colours, taking inspiration from stately homes and places around the UK.  This new season’s launch see’s them collaborate with London’s Natural History Museum to create a brand new palette of 16 colours.

The colours were drawn from a groundbreaking 1814 book called Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, a colour guide used by Charles Darwin on his HMS Beagle voyage.  Inspired by the museum’s collection and archive of rare books, these new paint colours take inspiration from the natural world, think deep sea blues, soft feathery neutrals, to rich sap greens and earthy reds.

I’m always drawn to the neutral shades, off whites, earthy tones, fresh greens, and the new collection has a beautiful selection to choose from.

Sap Green No.W56

A true earthy green.  This organic green is a true reflection of nature, creating a soft, lived-in atmosphere when combined with Broccoli Brown and Duck Green. Used in smaller spaces, such as a hallway or porch, it creates a richer, more vital atmosphere.  I could really imagine cosying up in this room.

Orange coloured white No.W5

A warm cream with a hint of orange – Orange Coloured White is a fresh yet warm cream particularly suited to north facing spaces. The addition of the merest amount of red pigment to this earth based neutral adds a delicate luminosity without feeling too creamy, creating delightfully warm rooms that appear to glow.  This might be perfect for my North facing bedroom, to bring a cosy element to the room.

Skimmed Milk White No.W7

A mid-tone off white – Skimmed Milk White is a mid-tone off white with extraordinary softness. Its laid-back nature creates rooms that feel as if they have been that colour forever, whether used on woodwork alongside a stronger wall colour, or on walls with a Snow White trim for a more contemporary feel.

Ash Grey No.W9

A relaxed green-grey – Ash Grey has a relaxed feel that makes it suited to any space, particularly when combined with the slightly warmer Skimmed Milk White on woodwork. For a more modern look, try teaming with a lighter Snow White trim. The underlying green in this shade means that it will appear more intensely coloured in natural daylight and greyer in areas of low light.

My favourite colour is Broccoli Brown – which is really unusual for me.  I’m never drawn to brown shades, but this colour is just wonderful.

The collection launched on the 19th September.

All images courtesy Farrow & Ball – except the top image, which is by Lou Archell.


  • I pre-ordered the colour card for this collection, I just needed to see those gorgeous colours up close. It’s a beautiful collection, I think Duck Green and Deep Reddish Brown are my fave shades. x

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