Farrow & Ball Paint Now Available Locally

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What could possibly make a gallon of paint worth $100? Hear us out. When the Taft Museum of Art started a $22.8 million renovation back in 2002, they worked with British design house Farrow & Ball to create paint colors true to the building’s history—because you don’t slap any old paint on the walls of a former president’s family hangout.

The paint is made with chalk, china clay, and titanium dioxide—no acrylics or plastics here—resulting in a highly pigmented product that provides better coverage and longer wear. This greenish-blue shade, called “Hague Blue,” is inspired by painted Dutch woodwork.

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway


At that time, however, there was no local distributor, and history-loving Cincinnatians had to drive as far as Chicago to buy the stuff in person. Now, customers can turn to Thomas Jackson, a British-born Farrow & Ball fanboy and proprietor of the East End antique shop Bloodline Merchants, the only local connection for this top-shelf paint.

Scroll through to see examples of the paint colors in action:

Image courtesy Farrow & Ball

Image courtesy Farrow & Ball

Image courtesy Farrow & Ball

Image courtesy Farrow & Ball

Bonus: Seventy-one-year-old Farrow & Ball is best known for its roster of 132 classic shades, but you can also get an array of gorgeous wallpapers, handcrafted with the company’s own paints.

Image courtesy Farrow & Ball


4855 Eastern Ave., East End, (859) 412-0646, bloodlinemerchants.com

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