I've got lots of lovely posts lined up for you, inspired by Leopoldina Haynes' beautiful house and garden tour. Let's start with the faric-designer Kate Forman's eight favourite paints. You'll see from these beautiful images that Kate Forman's fabrics epitomise the Swedish/French style that Leopoldina demonstrated so exquisitely in her home.


1) Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin.
Kate Forman says, 'This is the softest off white of my favourites, this pale chalky white is stunning in big light rooms such as this wonderful London studio where I have used minimal furniture, feminine pinks and natural linens to offset the simplicity of such a great space.'

Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin  with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin


2) Farrow and Ball Light Grey 
Kate Forman says, 'This is  a very National Trust colour, one that I have used inside and out. It’s great on exterior woodwork particularly, or as seen here  on panelling in this beautifully proportioned Queen Ann town house. Our Red Ticking gives this room the warmth it needs and the Roses covered sofa compliments both the wall colour with a hint of the green/grey in the background and the raspberry of the curtains giving an overall impression of smart yet cosy. This is a colour which would work well in a study or a dark dining room also.'

Farrow and Ball Light Gray with Kate Forman fabricsg
Farrow and Ball Light Gray and Kate Forman Roses fabric


3) Farrow and Ball Stony Ground
Kate Forman says, 'I think I must have used this colour in almost every house I have worked on! Our showroom is also painted in it as it’s one of those colours that seems to go with just about everything. Certainly all of our designs sit with this perfect soft stone grey colour. Here I have used it in this adorable  bedroom with our Pink Sophia for the curtains and the bed making the scheme more sophisticated and less ‘girlie’ in its feel. You simply cannot go wrong with this versatile colour!'
Farrow and Ball Stony Ground with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Stony Ground


4) Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray
Kate Forman says, 'This is one of the colours we are asked about frequently as it works beautifully with our best sellers as seen here ‘Blue Roses’ and ‘Cameo and Ribbons’ . I would describe this blue as the smartest of all the blues I ‘ve come across. It gives real impact to any room. Possibly better used in a light room, although I once did a dining room in this colour which looked great at night in candle light!'
{See Modern Country Style's Colour Study on Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray}

Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Gray

5) Farrow and Ball Shaded White 
Kate Forman says, 'This is perfect for those who love the grey palette. A lovely chalky warm and neutral colour which works with either old  or contemporary. This is really one of my most tried and tested and just can’t go wrong with colours! I've used it here with our ‘Daphne’ design for a beautiful calm and restful atmosphere. I love mirrors just leaning against the wall as in this photograph.'

Farrow and Ball Shaded White Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Shaded White


6) Farrow and Ball Smoked Trout 
Kate Forman says, 'This heavenly mushroom pink has a lovely old feel to it so works perfectly with gilt frames and antiques such as this pretty little black table I found from a local antique dealer along with the beautiful button back sofa covered in our Ophelia linen. The curtains are in our ‘Pink Sophia’ which look soft and subtle against the gentle pink of the Smoked Trout.'

Farrow and Ball Smoked Trout with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Smoked Trout


7) Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster
Kate Forman says, 'This is another very pretty pink I have used for bedrooms such as this one and also in bathrooms. Here it looks so delicate with the faded ‘Kitty’ design hanging from the corona above the bed. This colour is particularly good in cold north facing rooms which need warmth but equally looks divine in light sunny rooms.'

Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster

8) Farrow and Ball Joa’s White
Kate Forman says, 'This is probably the closest to natural linen of all off white/creams I use. This colour works really well with our entire collection and has the most lovely warmth to it due to the subtle undertones of brown it has in it.  This photograph shows it with our ‘Matilda’ design in this very elegant bedroom with wonderfully high ceilings and windows.'

Farrow and Ball Joa's White with Kate Forman fabrics
Farrow and Ball Joa's White

Aren't they gorgeous?


Images via Kate Forman

 
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