If you know what we’re talking about when you hear the likes of Railings, Elephants Breath and Sulking Room Pink, you’ll be pleased to hear that cult paint brand Farrow & Ball have just launched their latest shades for 2022. Whether the newbies take on the same iconic status as those just mentioned, we can still guarantee an eclectic mix of shades that are bound to influence the interiors world, and, of course, some equally as quirky names.

There are 11 new shades in total – Bamboozle, Wine Dark, Tailor Tack, Whirlybird and Templeton Pink, to name a few – and all have been inspired by a simple way of life. The palette has been created to spark moments of joy, produce comfort and help you feel emotionally at ease, all whilst bringing Farrow & Ball’s signature richness and depth.

Read on to find out more about each one…


Farrow & Ball describe it as: the spirit of adventure

The background: The name of this flame-red hue was originally used to describe the deceit of pirates. Full of buccaneering spirit, it’s perfect to add some joy to any room scheme.

We love it: in a sitting room with original features – think wood panelled walls and high ceilings. It almost feels like a grown-up version of the now hugely overused ‘millennial pink’ and works beautifully against earthy tones of rust, forest green and vibrant ochre,


Farrow & Ball describe it as: a spot of birdwatching.

The background: A clean cool blue inspired by the wings of noisy seabirds when seen in bright sunlight, this colour sits between Parma Gray and Lulworth Blue.

We love it: juxtaposed with contemporary, minimalist furniture – think a bouclé sofa and mid-century walnut wood coffee table – to add unexpected warmth and homeliness to an otherwise cool, stylised space.


Farrow & Ball describe it as: a rejuvenating swim.

The background: Named after the circular currents enjoyed by wild swimmers as a natural jacuzzi, this is a lighter shade than French Gray – or a greener alternative to Cromarty.

We love it: in a room with plenty of light, and sunbeams flooding in. If you like the simplicity and easy foundation of the likes of Farrow & Ball’s better-known soft greys, this has all the makings of those but with a little more depth and warmth.


Farrow & Ball describe it as: a nourishing breakfast.

The background: This warm neutral with an underlying grey is inspired by the nurturing porridge favoured over many centuries in Ireland. A lighter version of sandy Jitney.

We love it: used in a relaxed setting. It’s essentially an earthy tone but with a hint of underlying grey which means, whilst it still feels stripped back and minimal, it will never feel cold.


Farrow & Ball describe it as: an enduring friendship.

The background: The brand does greens so well and this one comes with an added heartfelt inspiration as its clean mid-green tones have been named in honour of a kind and generous member of the Farrow & Ball team who is sadly no longer with them.

We love it: paired with peppier tones like Farrow & Ball’s Selvedge blue and even flashes of unexpected neon or sunshine yellow, as seen here.

Tailor Tack

Farrow & Ball describe it as: a delicate connection.

The background: The lightest and most delicate of Farrow & Ball pinks, this charming colour is that of the tacks used in Haute Couture ateliers.

We love it: in both modern and traditional settings worked with either rich antique furniture or industrial accents like this four-poster bed.


Farrow & Ball describe it as: Arboreal joy

The background: A softer version of Breakfast Room Green, this is inspired by the papery winged seeds beloved by many gardeners and nature lovers

We love it: in a kitchen against plush marble countertops, gold detailing and plenty of natural light and foliage.


Farrow & Ball describe it as: a definitive line

The background: Selvedge comes with a fashion-related starting point – it’s a lighter version of De Nimes, named after the highly prized denim woven on a shuttle loom to produce closed edges.

We love it: in low-light spaces, it creates a familiar and friendly atmosphere, making it suited to bedrooms or rooms you spend lots of time in during the darkest hours. It also pairs beautifully with accents of Farrow & Ball’s deeper colours like Inchyra Blue or Hopper Head.

Hopper Head

Farrow & Ball describe it as: an architectural piece.

The background: Sitting between Railings and Down Pipe, this colour is inspired by the attractively designed iron containers used to catch rainwater at the top of a downpipe.

We love it: spread across walls, woodwork and even the ceiling for a really dramatic effect.

Templeton Pink

Farrow & Ball describe it as: a gentle surround.

The background: A historic-feeling pink, developed for the dining room at Templeton House to offset the magnificent Wedgwood plaques made to commemorate a former owner.

We love it: as an alternative to the iconic Settling Plaster Pink. A little more intense, it creates a warm, welcoming space, particularly in low light where this shade becomes surprisingly deep. We especially love it paired with the brand’s Blue Grey (which actually looks more green) shade.

Wine Dark

Farrow & Ball describe it as: an enveloping atmosphere.

The background: Inspired by midnight skies, this spiritual colour is named after the term Homer used to describe the sea, and is perfect to create an intimate space.

We love it: in intimate spaces – think a firelit, cosy living room, quiet reading nook or modest dining room under tapered candlelight.

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