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“There’s a Story Behind Every Colour”

Ever inspired by the magic of colour, Farrow & Ball’s creative consultant, Joa Studholme, loves painting her rooms in new and refreshing shades

‘The hall is painted in the cosy shade of “Downpipe”... It ’s the one area I don’t repaint so the children know they are home!’

When I was pregnant, a friend made the sculpture of me that I keep on my desk’

Joa Studholme has always thought in colour. Her mother told her how, as a child, she described everything in terms of hue. Instead of asking: ‘Was that the holiday in Spain?’; Joa would ask: ‘Was that the holiday with the pink sky?’ Young Joa spent hours arranging her Caran d’Ache colouring pencils to make different patterns. Reflecting on this, she says, ‘I’ve always been completely batty about colour. I didn’t know as a child that it was my thing – but it was.’

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