Stiffkey Blue is one of the paintcolors by Farrow & Ball, the sophisticated British paint brand famous for its eco-friendly water-based paints and artisanal hand-printed wallpapers. I have chosen it to be the Color of the Month for February 2016. Stiffkey Blue (created in 2014) is named after the north Norfolk beach where the mud, along with the cockles, is this particular blue hue. It is a moody blue which works in both classic and contemporary interiors. This beautiful color has hints of green and lots of grey which tones down the depth of this deep color. It works well with coral red, soft mustardy yellows and bronze or copper metals.
All Farrow & Ball paints have high levels of pigment. The rich resin binders and the high refractory nature of the key ingredients produce the signature immersive depth of colour. Most paint colors are part of a range of National Trust paints. This range was developed whilst working closely with the restoration of historical buildings in Great Brittain, thus creating paints that closely resemble the original paints of the time.
Of course, these “designer paints” come with a higher price tag than your usual DIY-shop paints. Is it worth it to pay the higher price? I think it is. The natural pigments used in Farrow & Ball paints are made of rocks, minerals, earth and clay. They are therefore “impure” creating complex pigmentation. And the more complex the pigments, the more interesting depths are created. Regular DIY-range paints have less pigments, more water and less binder resulting in a coverage that is more “shallow” which does not last.
Well, enough technical talk, here is some Stiffkey Blue eyecandy, enjoy.
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