Farrow and Ball are one of the most popular high-end paint manufacturers in the UK, and for good reason. Their gorgeous paints are richly pigmented, eco friendly, and low VOC, making them good in every aspect. Stiffkey blue by Farrow and Ball is one of their most popular colours, so if you’ve been wondering what colour goes with Stiffkey blue, you’ve come to the right place.
Today I’m going to be sharing exactly which colours go perfectly with Stiffkey blue. I will be looking at complementary and monochromatic colours, as well as some combinations you may not have thought of, and I’ll also show you how you can find the perfect shade of paint to go with any colour in the future.
Let’s dive in…
How to Find Complementary Colours
When I am trying to decide on a colour scheme, my first stop is always this free Colour Calculator tool. This is what we are going to be using today to find harmonious colour schemes for Stiffkey blue.
There are two types of colour wheel:
The ‘RYB’ or red, yellow, blue colour wheel is typically used by artists and designers, as it helps with combining paint colours, and the ‘RGB’ colour wheel (red, green blue), which is designed for online use, as it refers to mixing light, like on a computer screen. We are going to be using the RYB colour wheel as we are mixing paint colours.
Step 1: Choose Your Base Colour
In this case the base colour will be Stiffkey blue. You don’t need to guess where it is on the colour wheel; you can find the Hex codes for Farrow and Ball Colours here.
Step 2: Choose a Harmony
You can choose from:
- Complementary – Opposite colours on the colour wheel
- Monochromatic – Two shades of the same colour
- Analogous – Three adjacent colours on the colour wheel
- Split Complements – A colour and the two adjacent tertiary colours of its complement
- Triadic – Three evenly spaced colours on the colour wheel
- Tetradic – Two complementary pairs
Step 3: It’s Time To Experiment
Now you know how to find different harmonies using the colour wheel, you can play around with different shades of your colours until you find the perfect hue that feels right for you. Remember, there’s no ‘right’ answer here, as everyone has different tastes, but as long as you stick with one of the harmonies you can be sure that your chosen colours will sit nicely together.
Whites That Go Well With Stiffkey Blue
Whites: Shadow White
A darker shade of white with a hint of grey that compliments Stiffkey blue perfectly.
Buy Shadow White
Whites: Wimborne White
Wimborne White is a warmer shade of white that goes exceptionally well with Stiffkey Blue. Since this shade of white has warm tones to it. It’s a perfect choice for living areas, as it balances out any coolness from Stiffkey Blue.
Buy Wimborne White
Whites: All White
All White is a slightly cooler shade of white that looks really smart with Stiffkey Blue. A great choice for large rooms.
Shop All White
Complementary Colours That Look Great With Stiffkey Blue
Pinks: Setting Plaster or Pink Ground
Both Pink Ground and Setting Plaster are muted pinks with a hint of brown, so they work really well with Stiffkey Blue. If you are worried that blue might be too cold and dark for a living space, then balancing it out with one of these pinks is the way to go!
Browns: Dead Salmon
If you’re looking for a brown to go with Stiffkey Blue, then try Dead Salmon. It’s a muted faded salmon colour with a hint of brown. Its warm tones will work wonders in dining areas and other social areas in your home.
Shop: Dead Salmon
Analogous Colours That Go With Stiffkey Blue
Side by side on the colour wheel, these colours will work well with Stiffkey Blue. They would be ideal colours for accessories and art against a blue backdrop.
Purples: Peignoir, Calluna, or Brassica
Greens: Teresa’s Green or Green Blue
Shop: Teresa’s Green
Shop: Green Blue
Finding The Right Colour Combination for Your Interior
Whether you are looking for another wall colour to go with Stiffkey Blue, or you are trying to choose the right colour curtains or accessories to go with blue walls, hopefully this has given you some ideas, and tools to try out colour combinations for yourself.
Remember, it’s a matter of personal taste too, so if you don’t like these ideas, play around and find something that works for you!
Before you buy paint, remember to order samples so you can try it out on your walls, and see how it works with the light and space of your room. You can also check out Decorating with Colour by Farrow & Ball for more ideas!
If you need more design inspiration, check out my article on the best interior design books for beginners for ideas and inspiration!
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