Kelly Wearstler Is the First-Ever Designer to Create a Farrow & Ball Palette

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Iconic U.K. paint brand Farrow & Ball is doing something pretty radical for its 75th birthday this year — it's partnering with an outside designer on a palette for the first time ever. And that designer is none other than California darling Kelly Wearstler, the queen of color.


"Kelly has been using Farrow & Ball in her projects for decades and has such a fantastic aesthetic and taste," Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball, tells Hunker. "We started a conversation with her a few years ago about the possibility of a collaboration that brought her style and sense of California to life as a paint collection."

The forthcoming California Collection has eight hues — four neutrals and four colors — each inspired by the state's landscape, from the beach to lemon trees to desert highways. Some of the names for these hues include Hazy, a light blue; Salt, an off-white; Sand, a neutral beige; and Faded Terracotta, a lovely peach.

"American designers aren't afraid of color, and that's something that really stands out and excites me, especially in Kelly's work," says Cosby.

And while some colors might seem a bit bold, they're easy to work into almost any setting — especially when paired with neutrals. (Or you can combine them with one of Farrow & Ball's 132 other hues!) The paints also come in four finishes, adding to their versatility.


Ready to order some new paint for a cheerful spring refresh? The California Collection will launch on March 4.


Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.