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The Vibrant Paints + Statement Wallpapers We’re Swooning Over

When a designer known for having a specific panache with color and pattern collaborates with a design house known for creating mass-loved paint colors and wallpapers, you know the results are going to be exceptional. Such is the case with Carte Blanche, a new collection by designer Christopher John Rogers in collaboration with Farrow & Ball. The collaboration consists of four foundational neutrals, eight vibrant shades, and three statement-making wallpaper prints, each of them beautiful in their own way.

Even if you’ve seen hundreds of paint swatches before, we have a hunch these new hues will excite your eyes. Rogers, who is inspired by a wide range of creative sources, from artist Ellsworth Kelly to airport decor, turned to his childhood memories of food and family to create the 12 shades.

designer Christopher John Rogers

Every designer, creative, and design enthusiast knows that finding just the right color for a space can be painstakingly hard. With Carte Blanche, the search is now much easier. Below, the shades are described by the designer and design house themselves:

Christopher John Rogers mixing paint

mural painted in bedroom

green paint swatch

Hog Plum: A muddy yellow reminiscent of the sweet and sour fruit found across Central America and the Southern States.

beige painted window nook with patterned dot wallpaper

beige paint swatch

Roasted Macadamia: favorite among The Squirrels, this soft neutral is named after the nut of a similar shade.

pink painted door in living room

pink paint swatch

Shallot: A cheerful pink that takes its name from a sweeter member of the allium family widely used in Cajun cuisine.

desk and chair in corner red room

red paint swatch

Romesco: A rich, brilliant red evocative of the classic Spanish sauce, which also doubles as a favorite makeup shade.

yellow patterned shirt hanging on wooden hook

grey paint swatch

Cardamom: A rich brown inspired by the warming, versatile spice used in dishes around the world.

green door trim under staircase

green paint swatch

Raw Tomatillo: This joyful and verdant green is inspired by the fried green tomatoes made by a beloved grandmother.

orange trim window in blue painted room

blue paint swatch

Lobster: A vibrant, lively blue that takes its name from the popular Louisiana catch.

blue painted shutters with striped wall

grey-blue paint swatch

Sardine: This silver blue takes its name from a favorite afternoon snack of a much loved grandfather.

ivory painted room with two slip covered chairs and a yellow pendant lamp

ivory paint swatch

Au Lait: This soft white is inspired by the chicory coffee popular in New Orleans, often served with steamed milk.

charcoal painted room

grey paint swatch

Licorice: This deep black is that of the classic sweet created using the root of the plant from which it takes its name.

blue painted room with cobalt cabinet

blue paint swatch

Blue Maize: This deep blue is inspired by the unique hue of corn popular in Mexico and the Southern States.

blue painted room with blue pendant, blue sofa and blue rug

blue paint swatch

Pea Flower Tea: A vivid blue, this shade is named after the brightly colored drink created by infusing petals from butterfly pea flowers.

Christopher John Rogers examining wallpapers

For the graphic wallpapers, he was inspired by shapes from his own work, Bauhaus textiles, and one of Farrow & Ball’s timeless stripe designs. Each of the three wallpaper designs come in four different colorways using the colors from the Carte Blanche palette, creating a seamless collection that will translate effortlessly on blank walls.

dotted wallpaper with hung art and sculptural lamp

dotted wallpaper

Dot

checked wallpaper in dining room

checkered wallpaper

Check

green stripe wallpaper with dining table and dining chairs

stripe wallpapers

Stripe

For more information on the Carte Blanche collection, visit farrow-balk.com.

As the Senior Contributing Editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She’s probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.

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