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moderncountrystyle.blogspot.com · Jun 13, 2016

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball Cornforth White


It's time for another Paint Colour Case Study. Inspired by Kate Macey's gorgeous living room, let's take a look at Farrow and Ball Cornforth White. Could it be the perfect grey paint?!

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White on Kate Macey's Living Room Walls
Farrow and Ball describe Cornforth White as... 'the mid tone in the group of Easy Neutrals which are totally understated and extremely versatile. Less grey and gritty than Pavilion Gray and without the perceived warmth of Elephant's Breath, it sits perfectly between Ammonite and Purbeck Stone with which it can be used in any combination.'



Hmmm...Farrow and Ball are certainly better at descriptions than they used to be but still, if you haven't got experience of those other paint colours then you may be left rather at sea.

Well, that's where I can help.. Let me use my experience with a vast range of paint colours and finishes, both personally and professionally, to avoid that conundrum of having bought so many paint colour sample pots that you could actually use them decorate a whole room three times over!

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White Hall

The images I've pulled together will show Farrow and Ball Cornforth White as it actually looks so that when you get your tin home, and flip off the lid with that very pleasing ker-lunk, you'll know exactly what to expect.


And, truth be told, Cornforth White is one of the easier Farrow and Ball paint colours to pin down. This is the colour I recommended recently when I was asked for a 'modern, soft grey.'


Sometimes greys from other paint brands can look pretty bland and clinical but Farrow and Ball do greys fantastically well. There's no coldness in sight here.


This is a colour that can do the vintage look beautifully; because it's a soft grey, it's not difficult to bring out it's romantic side.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White and Cath Kidston Wallpaper
However, give it a more contemporary backdrop, and Farrow and Ball Cornforth White suddenly becomes much more modern, with a truly elegant feel.

Or can be used to give a more contemporary slant on a stunning period room...

If you're looking for a gently grey kitchen, then Cornforth White is a great choice. Taken a look at some of these beauties...

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White kitchen









This is where you need a little bit of care because kitchens that receive a lot of light will come up a shade or two paler than those with less natural light, which will need more artificial light.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White in artificial light

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White in artificial light with Pavillion Gray units


Farrow and Ball Cornforth White is one of those rare gems that works well as a wall colour AND a kitchen cabinet colour, meaning that you can have a elegantly monotoned room without looking drab and boring.


Farrow and Ball Cornforth White in bright natural light
Or you can pick out details like an island in a much bolder colour and Cornforth White will help to create a very sophisticated finish.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White with Railings island

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Downpipe on units and Railings island

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Downpipe on units and Railings island

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Mole's Breath base units

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Downpipe on dresser and stools
Cornforth White doesn't have any noticeable undertones but it will change a little when paired with other colours.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Stiffkey Blue

It's because this is such a classic neutral that Farrow and Ball Cornforth White highlights other colours so well. It enhances a very wide range of shades.

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with Stiffkey Blue

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls with French Grey

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White walls leading to Strong White hall

Left column: Farrow and Ball Skylight and Light Bue Right Column: Farrow and Ball Ammonite and Cornforth White, overlapping Zoffany Flint Grey
And because of that, it's a great colour to use with panelling...




Farrow and Ball Cornforth White panelling and Babouche door in background
Either above...


Or below...


...or both!

Where I'm not convinced it works quite so well is an exterior colour. The difficulty is that, because the sun faded colours back so much, you can end up with what looks like a dirty white...



Farrow and Ball Cornforth White Front Door
But my favourite use for Farrow and Ball Cornforth White is in hallways, where all its strengths can come to play. It doesn't compete with other colours so you can use it to create a harmonious flow into a number of other rooms.


Farrow and Ball Cornforth White hall




Plus it creates such a peaceful, gentle feeling...




So, my paint-loving friends, if you're after a soft, warm grey that will suit a vintage...

period...

French chic...

modern...

country...

or Modern Country Style interior!

Look no further!

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White will be the love of your life!

{For information on my other Colour studies, click away...
Farrow and Ball New White
Farrow and Ball Old White
Farrow and Ball White Tie
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray
Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink Farrow and Ball Down Pipe Farrow and Ball Pigeon Farrow and Ball Hardwick White
Farrow and Ball Green Blue Dulux Heritage Stone Green Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray Farrow and Ball French Gray (interiors) Farrow and Ball French Gray (exteriors)
Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back Earthborn Gregory's Den
Farrow and Ball Light Blue Farrow and Ball Powder Blue Farrow and Ball Hay

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