If lockdown taught us anything, it was the importance of truly loving the places we call home.
In the year that saw our sanctuaries become the office, the classroom, the gym and the pub, we’ve never been more acutely aware of the fact that joy begins at home – from the colours of our walls (and let’s face it, we spent a lot of time staring at them), to the quality of our upholstery (and let’s face it, we spent a lot of time sitting on it).
So imagine our sheer excitement when we heard that two of Britain’s most revered design institutions had come together for a collaboration that interiors obsessives could only have dreamed of. Yes, Farrow & Ball X Liberty is officially a thing, and we don’t know where to look for all the divine colour combinations the two British design stalwarts have thought up between them.
The Farrow & Ball X Liberty edit features 15 richly pigmented shades from the Farrow & Ball Archive collection, complimented by interiors fabrics from the Liberty Modern Collector range. The result? A series of timeless colour and print combinations that have been meticulously designed to last and be loved for many years to come.
The archival Farrow & Ball hues span across darks, mids and brights within each colour range; forming a collection that perfectly captures the brand’s long-held talent for combining forward-looking, contemporary design, with the heritage roots beloved by British homes since Farrow & Ball’s founding in Dorset in 1946.
“Each of our Archive colours is greatly treasured – many customers consider them hidden jewels, which makes them very appealing,” says Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s Colour Curator. “Others take comfort in knowing that a favourite colour used to decorate one’s home years ago is still readily available today. Each one is as loved now as when it was first created.”
From sophisticated neutrals like Smoked Trout and Clunch, to rich, plush hues like Serge and Chine Green, contemporary they may look, but each of the collection’s expertly-chosen shades maintain the timeless appeal that has established Farrow & Ball as an authority on colour – particularly when offset against Liberty’s legendary prints.
“All our collections are very colour-led so it was incredibly exciting to extend the Modern Collector range further with Farrow & Ball – another brand with a deep heritage and authority in colour – to curate an edit of 15 beautiful shades from their archive,” says Genevieve Bennett, Head of Design Interiors at Liberty.
“Liberty pattern is intricate and eclectic; I always feel that heritage pattern really comes alive when used with solid colour. Pairing our iconic designs with exquisite paint colours such as these really gives the pattern space to breathe and sing. It has added another dimension to the collection and we are so looking forward to seeing them together within homes.”
Luckily, we won’t have long to wait, as the swoon-worthy edit is already available to purchase in Farrow & Ball showrooms and selected stockists, including libertylondon.com, as well as online at farrow-ball.com; while their Liberty interiors fabric pairings are available to purchase from the Liberty London website.
That’s not the most exciting part, though. If, like us, you’re chronically indecisive when it comes to settling on a colour palette, we’ve got some excellent news: you can try them all out for yourself (and in every room) with the edit’s limited edition Farrow & Ball X Liberty sample pots, decorated in 6 different Liberty prints. With all 15 colours offered in bite-sized form, they cost just £4.95 each, and can be purchased from all the same stockists as the full-sized edit. (Indecisive decorators, rejoice!)
“From the edgier but deeply complex tones of Pantalon and Chemise to the simple appeal of Archive and Clunch, these 15 colours might have their roots in the past, but they are perfect for the contemporary home,” says Joa. “And, like the fabrics they complement, they feel both exciting and dependable.”
Now that, I think we can all agree on.
Shop the Farrow & Ball X Liberty edit now at at farrow-ball.com.