Mad About … New Colours from Farrow & Ball

It’s been three years but finally they’re here. Yes, three years since Charlotte’s Locks, Plummet and Mizzle first appeared and now the new boys are in town. Yes, Farrow & Ball launches its new paint colours today. And Mad is proud to introduce you. Say hello to Nancy’s Blushes, Mole’s Breath, Dimpse and Ammonite to name but a few.

wevet and purbeck stone

There are lots more shades of grey paint, for those who are still in love with a Gustavian or Scandinavian palette (for advice on how to choose the right shade of grey click here) as well as a few surprises like the gorgeous pink of Nancy’s Blushes.

Nancy's Blushes
Nancy’s Blushes

And, of course, it wouldn’t be Farrow & Ball if there weren’t some new fabulous names. At the time of writing, the sky is a definite Mizzle (from the last launch – a mix of mist and drizzle) but what about Wevet, a more contemporary version of our old favourite Pointing, whose name is an old Dorset word for spider’s web.


Or Dimpse, pictured above, which is West Country dialect for the fading light at twilight and which goes perfectly with Blackened and Pavilion Grey.

walls painted in mole's breath
walls painted in mole’s breath

Mole’s Breath (above) is a fabulous shade of grey and my paint brush is itching to try it out somewhere. Or what about the new Purbeck as seen on the walls below?

purbeck wall
purbeck wall

There are nine new colours in all and I’m sure they’ll be just as popular as their siblings in no time. I can already hear the mutterings of the chattering classes at their dinner parties as they discuss whether Dimpse or Purbeck is right for the hall and little girls all over the country will be waking up to find Nancy has moved in to share the walls with them.

st Giles Blue
st Giles Blue

The paint names are an iconic part of the brand, often chosen with some historical reference to them. Dead Salmon comes from a painting bill dated 1805 and found at Kedleston Hall and the dead refers to the finish that was used. Nancy, of the blushes, is, according to Farrow & Ball, a mystery (or perhaps a secret) but Charlotte’s Locks was named after a highly valued member of the team.

stiffkey blue
stiffkey blue

So, which colours will you be using?





Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. I’ve just come across your blog via I am enjoying the chat about Farrow and Ball colours. We have recently painted our south facing kitchen diner in Wevet with one wall of down pipe, in the sunny daytime it’s a really bright white and in the evening has a lot of tone. Definitely better for sunny rooms, our north facing rooms have a Wimborne White base instead. Katharine x

    1. That sounds gorgeous and really helpful for anyone reading this to bear in mind. I’m a huge fan of wimborne white but have recently begun looking at Wevet too so I shall give it a try. x

  2. Thinking of using Nancy’s Blushes as the colour of our living room ceiling with a variation of white walls with grey furniture. Does this all go to you?? I’m just not sure about a pink ceiling.

    1. I love the idea of a painted ceiling. It’s often neglected as an area for decoration. It probably will make it look lower though, so do bear that in mind. I’d say go for it. What makes you nervous about a pink ceiling? You could always paint it in a strong grey, with one pink wall and the others in a chalky white like wimborne.

  3. Hi, yes it is very exciting…I’ve just ordered a sample pot of Purbeck Stone…always looking for the perfect grey! Think this might be it!! ha ha

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