How to Use Farrow and Ball Calamine in Your Home

Farrow and Ball’s Calamine is one of my favourite colours from the Farrow and Ball range. Calamine is a beautifully soothing shade of pink, with just a hint of grey to it which gives it a fresh and sophisticated look. This stunning shade of pink is ideal for bedrooms and living areas alike, and works beautifully as either the main colour or an accent colour.

In this article, I’m sharing some of my favourite examples of how Calamine can be used to decorate your home. Whether you’re looking for paint for a bedroom, or an accent colour for your living room, hopefully, these ideas will inspire you!

Farrow and Ball Calamine Living Room

Purple sofa with Calamine pink walls by Farrow and Ball

Image via: @homeatheathfield on Instagram

Farrow and Ball’s Calamine is the perfect colour for a living room, and it works particularly well in period homes because it’s perfect for enhancing the detail on the panelling. This gorgeous living room by @homeatheathfield on Instagram is a great example of how to mix traditional and modern elements, creating a well balanced, transitional look. 

The colour scheme here works really well with the deep purple velvet sofa complementing the walls perfectly. Accent colours of black in the coffee table and in the abstract art give this space a stylish contemporary look, while the gold accents add a touch of glamour. It’s just perfect in every way.

Farrow and Ball Calamine Bedroom

Modern bedroom with Calamine Pink walls by Farrow and Ball

Image via: @palliserdwyer on Instagram

This beautiful bedroom by Palliser Dwyer features Calamine pink walls with black accents, which has created a bold feminine look. The fact that the mantle, wardrobes, walls, and coving have all been painted in the same colour gives the space a contemporary look.

Wimbourne White has been used above the picture rail, which breaks things up a little, and keeps the space looking light and bright.

Calamine by Farrow and Ball: Bathroom

Image credit: Julia Currie Photography

Calamine by Farrow and Ball can work beautifully in a bathroom when done right. This example is from Julia Currie’s home (all of which is absolutely gorgeous by the way). I’m not sure what blue is used, but I think it could be Stiffkey Blue by Farrow and Ball. This simple colour scheme brings the simple bathroom to life and adds character to the space.

Calamine Living Room With Salvia Green Accents

Living dining room decorated in Calamine pink by Farrow and ball with green accents on the woodwork and fireplace.

Image via Instagram: @25beautifulhomesmagazine

Pink and Green is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations. These two colours used together create a fun, playful design that can really well in both new and old homes alike. With Calamine pink on the walls, the green works really well as an accent colour, highlighting the architectural details in this beautiful room.

Calamine Pink Bedroom

Image via Instagram @second_house_on_the_right

This bedroom designed by Emma from @second_house_on_the _right on Instagram is a perfect example of how Farrow and Ball’s Calamine can work with a neutral colour scheme to create a timeless, classic look in a bedroom. The beautiful button tufted headboard and bench give the space a traditional look, while the glass table lamps give it a contemporary twist.

The Calamine pink panelling goes really well with the grey carpet and the grey lampshades.

What Colour Goes With Calamine by Farrow and Ball?

If you’ve chosen Calamine for your walls, but aren’t sure what Farrow and Ball colours to pair it with, here are some of my recommendations:

  • Wimbourne White
  • Railings
  • Stiffkey Blue
  • Hague Blue
  • Lichen
  • Green Smoke

Of course, it’s totally up to you though! There are lots of great colours available so the best thing to do is order a Farrow and Ball colour card and see for yourself. Once you have a shortlist of colours, then you should order tester pots so you can see exactly how each colour will look in the light of your room.

Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.


    March 21, 2022 / 11:42 pm

    What colour of pink would I paint a small living room with not much light

    • emily
      March 24, 2022 / 7:22 am

      Hi Bridie,
      It’s hard to say without seeing the room but for a smaller room I would probably reccomend Setting Plaster or Pink Ground. Calamine can work well too if you want something more ‘sugary’. I’m going to be using Setting Plaster in my own living room which is quite small! It’s definitely worth ordering some samples and testing them on different walls in your room so you can see how they will look in all areas. Don’t worry too much about not having much natural light, just make sure you layer in lots of lamps! I hope this helps 🙂
      Best wishes

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