Pitch Blue and Calke Green
Surprising colour combinations are key for home decoration this spring and colour experts Farrow & Ball are perfectly placed with their directional range of crafted paints and papers to lead the transition into bolder territory.
The trend is not about one colour, but two, and reveals a move away from limiting walls to one colour or restricting trims to white. These two hues, the vibrant Pitch Blue and calmer Calke Green, can be combined in equal measure, rather than one being an accent to the other.
Calke Green is a rich sage green with a dark, masculine feel that can bring small spaces to life and elevate a whole scheme.
Pitch Blue is a lively cobalt blue with a timeless appeal and bold colour. It has an almost purple depth to it and can look fantastically intense when used in areas with minimal natural light.
Joa Studholme, international colour consultant for Farrow & Ball suggests how to pair them: “The slightly more sober Calke Green can be used on the bottom half of walls and across the trim, while vital Pitch Blue is brushed onto upper walls – and even the ceiling – for an intense yet perfectly balanced combination that should not be taken too seriously, to create rooms that are filled with fun and optimism – a room that will make you smile.”
Large scale wallpapers are another way to embrace these colours in the home. Pitch Blue features in Tented Stripe ST 13113. The striped design is perfect for those wanting to make a bold statement, which works especially well in attic rooms and hallways. This pattern was inspired by the Duke of Wellington’s campaign tent and is printed by the 19th century pan method, in which the paper is pulled under open- bottomed troughs full of paint. The paint is poured into the troughs and then dragged through hand- crafted foam pads to create the striped design.
The botanical print Helleborus BP 5606 incorporates Calke Green and is one to experiment with for spring. Latin for the hellebore flower, this organic pattern creates a sense of growth and rejuvenation. First drawn with a pipette for a sense of unrestrained fluidity, each petal feels as though it is unfurling on the wall. Combined with zingy velvet fabrics and eclectic furniture designs this transforms the home into a warm and wonderful retreat, perfect for the lengthening days and brighter weather.