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Farrow & Ball Living with Colour [Hardcover]

Ros Byam Shaw
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9 Sep 2010
Iconic brand Farrow & Ball began in the 1940s as a small firm based in Dorset specializing in paints made in the traditional way with traditional ingredients. Despite its success, Farrow & Ball has stayed true to these origins. It is the quality of the paint, with its exceptional depth and subtlety of colour, that has made the company famous worldwide. Farrow & Ball paints look as good on the walls of a slick Soho flat as they do in a period ballroom and are as perfect for a cottage as in a castle. Divided into chapters according to style, including Classical, City, Modern Country, Cottage and Country House, the first part of the book shows Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers in a wide range of unusual and beautiful interiors. Part Two of the book is devoted to colour. From the themes of All White and In Neutral to Softly, Softly and Bright and Beautiful, each chapter explores a particular palette and shows how colour can be used to create atmosphere, character and charm. Inspiring, instructive, celebratory, this book brings out the painter and decorator in us all.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (9 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849750386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849750387
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 25.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ros was born in London in 1960. She read English at Oxford and her first job was working for an antique dealer who specialised in early silver. Her most difficult task was being taken for a walk by two English mastiffs, both of whom weighed more than she did.

Fortunately, it wasn't too long before she was offered a job at The World of Interiors, an innovative magazine based in upstairs rooms on Fulham Road. She was Features Editor for several years, left to work as a freelance writer, and then returned after the birth of her first daughter to work part time. When her second daughter was born, Ros went freelance again which is where she has remained ever since, writing about houses, their occupants and their interiors. Ros has written and contributed to many books and is the recipient of several awards.

In 2002 she moved from London to the West Country to a 16th century house close to the sea. The restoration of the house is now finished, but the large garden is an ongoing project.

She is the author of the forthcoming title Farrow & Ball Living with Colour, along with Interiors by Design, Old House New Home and the bestselling Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all published by Ryland Peters & Small).

'Any book by Ros Byam Shaw inspires confidence and delight, being brilliantly researched and handsomely illustrated.' The World of Interiors


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About the Author

Ros Byam Shaw is a former Features Editor of The World of Interiors. Now a freelance journalist, she writes for The World of Interiors, House & Garden and the Telegraph, among others. She is the author of Interiors by Design, Old House New Home, Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all by Ryland Peters & Small).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We've just used this book as a great way to narrow down our options for decorating our new flat. The photos are excellent and there is a comprehensive index - for each F&B colour in the book, each page it features on is listed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with Colour 20 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Apart from being a lovely coffee table book it actually gets you thinking about colour . There are a wide variety of houses ,old new,large ,small basically something for everyone and not at all intimidating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 14 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
As ever Farrow & Ball have excelled themselves in showing how colour can be used to echo a persons character ; raise a beautiful room to one of excellence and yet simplicity , just by using certain shades and colours in different ways .All wonderfully brought together by the intelligent and scintilating writing of Ross Byam Shaw.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm decorating my new home and bought this book hoping it would give me guidance on how to use and choose colours. I thought it would have a section on what colours worked best with rooms that face North, South etc., and also some guidance as to what colours to use to create what moods etc. Well, i couldn't find anything in here along these lines at all. The book is layed out in a fashion where it's basically just a photo book with captions telling you what colours are what, and although the pictures are good and interesting, i'm sure you could find them on the Farrow and Ball website and save yourself a bit of money. Also, for a book entitled "Living with colour", the photos are of mainly very neurtrally painted rooms... off whites etc. Pretty but not really a helpful book for decorating. Thank god for Amazon's amazing returns policy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book 4 Nov 2010
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This book is elegant and the houses pictured are styled in the way that I want my house to look like so it is a great inspiration. Lovely colour schemes and great ideas. Definitely recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best paint card I ever read 23 Mar 2013
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book is blatantly "by" paint manufacturers Farrow and Ball, so I did expect it to be very much about their products. The series of articles on example houses was pleasant enough, and better and more enjoyably written than many in books which are ostensibly more "independent". Like another reviewer, I would have enjoyed the book a good deal more if it had featured more of the stronger colours, it is all rather a "whiter shade of pale". I do not feel this book gives a very good impression of what can be acheived with Farrow and Ball's paints, which do lend themselves to striking colour schemes which 'work' because the pigments are so subtle - schemes which if attempted in more modern paint shades would be irredeemably garish.

In the section on paints, there were a few useful tips on using colour to disguise your house's faults, and I did learn from them. However, I learnt a lot more from two vintage books which are better on the architectural use of colour, and on strong design. They are Kevin McCloud's The Techniques of Decorating (it doesn't come uo on product link but there are plenty of copies if you enter it into 'search', and the excellent if now rather 'mature' (the wheel of taste has turned full circle) Simple Country Style and How to Achieve it
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Colour 21 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as a christmas present for a member of my family who is doing a design course. I compared it with a few other books, and it really is lovely. The book price in the shop was 30 so I came home to see if it was on Amazon and saved myself some money. I am quite tempted to keep it myself as apart from explaining all about the heritage colours and history of paint etc it also makes a nice coffee table book. I think personally it was well worth the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Paint! 16 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This long awaited book took much longer than usual to arrive on my doorstep due to delivery problems, however once I did receive it, it proved well worth the wait! The book is a fabulous coffee table addition to my already expanding interior design collection. The photographs are beautiful, the text alongside the photographs are detailed, explaining the owners of the particular homes in question and the Farrow and Ball paints used on specific areas within the room, such as 'Lime white was used on the skirtings as well as the walls'. I found myself with my new book in the one hand and my farrow and ball paint swatch booklet in the other! I can't wait to order my farrow and ball paints! Anyone who loves really beautiful interiors will love this book, it's not only about paints but an exquisite interior book as well!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with colour
Farrow and Ball have always interested me the colours they produce are amazing and the quality of paint is excellent! Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Ricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Interiors
LOve the book, very inspirational. The room sets are great, I love colour but soft shades and this book has it all,
Published 1 month ago by B. Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A beautiful book that inspires you to try something different. Highly recommend if you don't want to paint your walls 'off white'!
Published 3 months ago by RSF
5.0 out of 5 stars Farrow & Ball Living With Colour
A thouroughly enjoyable book giving lots of ideas about design and colour,
I look forward to using it to inspire when decorating my flat.
Published 6 months ago by Sheila Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tips
An attractive book to look at with useful tips for combining colour. Beware that Farrow & Ball paint is expensive.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. James S. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic all round great book that will never go out of fashion
Farrow & Ball really explain things well and you know they are genuine
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Sinclair
1.0 out of 5 stars Are They Kidding?
This book is an advert for (apparently iconic) Farrow and Ball paints. Or rather this book is an ADVERT for FARROW AND BALL. Read more
Published 9 months ago by londonfilmlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Bought as a gift for my wife as she has wanted it for a long time - she can't out it down.
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Dunnill
2.0 out of 5 stars Farrow & Ball Living with Colour
I was really looking forward to receiving this book and to getting more ideas of using colour. However, although beautifully designed and many pictures I did not really find this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sylvia
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure which Farrow & Ball paint to choose - buy this book.
I love Farrow and Ball paper and paints. There are very few papers displayed within this book which I found a little disappointing but plenty of colour inspiration. Enjoy!
Published 12 months ago by Valerie Bird
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