Decorating tips from Farrow & Ball's colour expert

Farrow & Ball’s Colour Curator, Joa Studholme, creates colour schemes for more than 4,500 rooms per year and in this new book, Farrow & Ball: Recipes for Decorating, she shares her experience with a wide range of precise colour ‘recipes’ for creating successful decorating schemes.

Joa shows exactly which of the Dorset-based paint and wallpaper company's paint colours work well together, whatever your decorating style.

At the heart of the book are 13 case studiesof very different beautiful homes, from city apartments to country cottages, explored in turn to reveal how selecting the right range of colours can create a harmonious whole.

For each case study there is a detailed colour palette recipe and a menu of ideas to copy. Colour is then considered room by room, showing how to combine colour with light and space to get the most out of every area, whether a large kitchen or a compact study.

Joa’s aim throughout isto provide helpful, practical information on successful colour combinations while beautiful photography provides visual inspiration.

Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience in the 23 years she has worked with Farrow & Ball. When she is not developing and naming new colours, or spreading the word about how to use them, she is works with the paints and papers on design projects all over the world, some of which are featured in the book.


Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.