Farrow & Ball Teams Up with Liberty for a Picture-Perfect Edit of Paint and Pattern

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Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball


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Farrow & Ball’s Olive paired with Liberty’s Poppy Meadowfield print.


Once in a blue moon, a home collaboration comes around that is so fitting, it leaves us wondering, “What took them so long?” Such is the case with a new partnership between beloved British companies Farrow & Ball and Liberty, who today unveiled a special edit of archival paint colors and patterns.

The curated palette, launched in celebration of Farrow & Ball’s 75th anniversary, pairs 15 of the manufacturer’s cult favorite colors (or should we say “colours”?) with complementary patterns from Liberty’s Modern Collector interior fabrics range.

Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball

According to Farrow & Ball color curator Joa Studholme—also the mastermind behind the company’s famously quirky color names—the union was a match made in heaven: “We've always been admirers of each other,” she says. “We’re just putting them both together to create something doubly good.”

Though the paints in the spectrum have long been available as part of Farrow & Ball’s Archive Collection, most are B-sides of the paint world, with a small but devout following. “They were kind of hidden treasures,” Studholme says. By coupling these tints with exuberant fabrics from Liberty, the companies sought to breathe fresh life into their classics. “It was really about making a lovely, usable palette that has lots of variety,” adds Genevieve Bennett, head of design interiors at Liberty.

Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball

Take Farrow & Ball’s Clunch, a buttery white named for a limestone medieval building material used throughout England, and Liberty’s Persian Voyage, a jade-green botanical pattern inspired by a 19th-century shawl—together, they exude a tropical vibe. “It brings it new life,” Bennett says. “I can imagine it being used in hotter climates like California or Mexico. It’s not always that very English thing.”

Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball
Photo credit: Courtesy Farrow & Ball

Other combinations tap into the nostalgia the two heritage brands evoke. “Liberty is a place of memories,” Studholme says. “I really wanted these colors to feel like memories as well.” Barrington Blue, a rich duck-egg hue named for a stately English country house, found a match in Liberty’s Palampore Trail fabric, an elegant floral in a lighter but still complementary tint. Olive, one of Farrow & Ball’s oldest pigments, paired perfectly with Poppy Meadowfield, a print from 1910.

“I think Farrow & Ball must be in my bones or something because it was just so easy,” Bennett jokes. “The colors and the patterns just went together.”

“The paint edit, which includes adorable 100-milliliter sample pots, themselves printed with Liberty patterns, will be available to purchase starting October 1 in Farrow & Ball showrooms. The fabrics, meanwhile, are available to buy through Liberty.

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