Farrow & Ball How to Decorate : Transform your home with paint & paper

Farrow & Ball How to Decorate : Transform your home with paint & paper
Author: Farrow & Ball Joa Studholme Charlotte Cosby
Rating: 3.80
Bestsellers Rate: 17151
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 268
Hours of reading: 4.5 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 29,06 €

About the book

Set to become the bible of home decoration, Farrow & Ball How to Decorate provides a highly practical and inspirational guide to the successful use of paint and paper in any home, large or small, urban or country. Published on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the iconic brand, the book brings together the expertise of Joa Studholme and the Farrow & Ball creative team to demystify the nitty-gritty of transforming a home - from deciding which colours work best in a north-facing room to creating accents with paint and making the most of a feature wall.


Farrow & Ball How to Decorate is both inspiring and extremely practical. Telegraph Magazine


Farrow & Ball How to Decorate is both inspiring and extremely practical. * Telegraph Magazine * Farrow & Ball How to Decorate aims to demystify home decoration. Featuring a host of beautiful homes, with advice on everything from which shades to use in north-facing rooms to the creative potential of floor paint, it's a practical, inspirational guide. * The Times Magazine * It's a bible from one of the defining brands of our era for anyone planning a domestic revamp. * Sunday Express S Magazine * You'll want to get pore-deep in its pictures of paint. Both lavish and liveable, it's a wash of chalky colour. * Red * For any fan of the paint and wallpaper specialist Farrow & Ball, How to Decorate will soon become a well-thumbed, go-to bible for home decoration. * Good Homes *

Farrow & Ball Biography

Farrow & Ball is a British manufacturer of paints and wallpapers largely based upon historic colour palettes and archives. The company is particularly well known for the unusual names of its products.


The company was started by John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball in 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Both Farrow and Ball had previously been chemists.



Farrow & Ball maintains an updated colour card of 132 colours. The company has worked with the National Trust in formulating near-exact matches of colours used in the restoration of the interiors and exteriors of historic buildings. Among the company's partners is interior designer Martin Kesselman, who created a shade of white paint reviewed by The New Yorker.


Farrow & Ball produces wallpaper patterns made using traditional block, trough and roller methods with the company's own paint.


Farrow & Ball has produced several books; the British National Bibliography contains the following records: Paint and Colour in Decoration (2003) Farrow & Ball The Art of Colour (2007) Farrow & Ball Living with Colour (2010) Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour (2013) Farrow & Ball How to Decorate (2016) Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating (2019)

Showrooms and stockists

The company has 63 showrooms across the UK, US, Canada and Europe, as well as a global network of stockists carrying both paint and wallpaper.

In popular culture

Farrow & Ball has been lampooned in the US for its expense and preparation requirements on NBC's Saturday Night Live.In 2021, Channel 5 broadcast a one episode documentary about Farrow & Ball entitled Farrow & Ball: Inside the Posh Paint Factory.

Corporate information


In 2006, American Capital subsidiary European Capital Limited purchased Farrow & Ball for approximately £80 million by way of a management buyout. Until its sale to European Capital Limited, Farrow & Ball remained a family business. In 2014, Ares Management bought Farrow & Ball from European Capital Limited for £275 million. In October 2020, Bloomberg reported that Ares Management was considering a potential sale of Farrow & Ball. In May 2021, the Financial Times reported that Danish coatings manufacturer Hempel had agreed to purchase Farrow & Ball from Ares Management for approximately £500 million. The sale was expected to complete in the second half of 2021. On 26 August 2021 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) completed the phase one investigation it launched on 9 July 2021 and cleared the merger. Following clearance by the CMA, the sale of Farrow & Ball by Ares Management to Hempel completed on 3 September 2021.

Financial information



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

Authors: Farrow & Ball Joa Studholme Charlotte Cosby
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781784720872
ISBN10: 1784720879
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Edition: None
Edition Statement: None
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Literature Country: None
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 268
Book Weight: 1540
Book Dimensions: 232x262x30
Circulation: None
Publication date: June 7, 2016
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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