An Olive Oasis

Many of Porcelain Superstore’s customers are not just looking for tiles, but seeking out the perfect pairing of wallpaper and tile, sanitaryware and tile, and, particularly, paint and tile.

Of course, while the options are almost endless, particular pairings seem to be made in heaven, and enjoy an enduring appeal. But all paints are not equal. Few have the reputation and sheer curb appeal of Farrow and Ball, particularly when it comes to character and period properties. And so, when someone comes to Porcelain Superstore looking for the perfect country farmhouse aesthetic for their kitchen, this is the first paint palette that springs to mind.

Over the past few years, home owners have turned to age-old favourites when choosing tiles for their rural retreats. And when it comes to tiles, the most classic of all is probably the White Metro: the ultimate timeless design for any home. For both modern, contemporary and traditional, vintage kitchens, subway tiles are a fantastic choice: offering the versatility to work well alongside many different surfaces and colours.

Porcelain Superstore’s White Metro tiles are made in Spain. 7mm thick, and measuring 100 by 200mm, they complement most colours: but for a country kitchen, we love a rich green. Farrow & Ball’s Bancha No.298, available in Modern Emulsion and Full Gloss options, is a fresh-feeling green hue for the heart of the home, and a grounding presence in even the busiest kitchens.

The perfect pairing - Bancha and a classic white subway tile. Image Credit - Farrow & Ball

This mid-century modern green is a darker version of the much loved archive colour, Olive. Perfect for those who want to embrace stronger colour in the home, its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene: especially when combined with soft pinks and browns. Named after Japanese tea leaves, Bancha, really provides a feeling of security, and is a great example of this leading manufacturer’s paint portfolio.

The Farrow & Ball story all started in Dorset, back in 1946, with local pioneers John Farrow, a trained chemist who worked for Agnew Paints during WW2; and Richard Ball, an engineer and former prisoner of war. They shared a passion for making rich colours to original formulations using only the finest ingredients. They built their first factory in Verwood, Dorset, and went on to supply paint for the Ford Motor Company, Raleigh Bicycles, the Admiralty, and the War Office.

Farrow & Ball moved to its current home near Wimborne in the 1960s, and have since grown famous for a clear focus on restoring heritage properties with colours that are sympathetic to their era. The company now has 60 showrooms worldwide and a global network of stockists.