11 Ways To Use Oxford Stone Farrow and Ball In Your Home

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2024 is all about richer, warmer neutrals and Oxford Stone is the perfect red based neutral that can be a nicer alternative to yellow based neutrals.

Described as a pared back taupe, this is one of the most versatile neutrals that looks amazing in minimalist, rustic and modern interior schemes.

Get inspired with these different ways you use Oxford Stone Farrow and Ball in your home, and the best colours to pair with it.

11 Ways To Use Oxford Stone Farrow and Ball In Your Home

1.Pair With A Contrasting Dark Shade

Oxford Stone makes for the perfect neutral balancer against a darker shade on the woodwork in Joa’s home.

Joa said, “Using a softer tone like Oxford stone on the walls and much stronger Tanner’s Brown on the trim instantly makes the walls feel lighter by comparison, and the room feel bigger and more open, its a classic decorating trick”.

We love the addition of the red on the bed linen, it really creates warmth and further visual interest in the bedroom.

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Instagram image credit: Design by @JoaStudholme

2. Cosy, Log Cabin Inspired Space

Oxford Stone provides a warm, rich depth that can help to create a really cosy, cocooning space.

Toby has the most gorgeous cottage that he has renovated with his partner. Adding panelling to the walls and painting in Oxford Stone adds a wonderful depth and character to the property. The wood cladding on the ceiling is in keeping with a neutral scheme that works really well with this F&B shade.

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Instagram image credit: @tobyshome

3. Embellish Your Scheme With Black Accents

A warm taupe like Oxford Stone is set off by black accents. In fact, no matter your colour scheme, I always recommend finishing a colour scheme with black. It will define and ground your colour scheme and brings a touch of modernity with it.

Focus on introducing a few well placed accents like the below image with a mirror, fireplace feature, tiles or decorative accessories.

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Instagram image credit: @se9_edwardian_terrace

4. Layer With Earthy Tones

If you like earthy, rustic schemes, take note from the below beautiful bedroom.

Pivot Oxford Stone as a feature wall within the space and layer with earthy colours for a textured and warm colour scheme. Oxford Stone works well with greens, browns, creams, whites and gold accents.

Plus, another example of how black accents can tie your room together.

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Instagram image credit: @_homeofvictoria

5. Create A Panelled Feature Wall

If you’re using Oxford Stone on all your walls, introduce a feature wall on your bed wall to add further character to the space.

A popular way to achieve this is with panelling. Whether you choose shaker style panelling as shown below, tongue and groove or single slats, it will add depth to an otherwise empty wall.

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Instagram image credit: @renovating.rosebeck

6. Lift A Room With Oxford Stone

If you opt for half wall panelling, a popular way to separate colour is to add bright white to the upper half to draw the eye up.

Flip things round and use Oxford Stone on the upper half, it brings warmth and depth and will work the same way in drawing the eye up. If you choose to do something similar, I would recommend painting the ceiling in Oxford Stone too for a seamless look. It will make the room feel cosier too.

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Instagram image credit: @elisabethcolette

7. Create A Beige and Black Bedroom Scheme

There’s nothing more timeless than a beige and black bedroom scheme, even more so as we move through 2024. Warmer, richer beiges and taupes are in, and Oxford Stone looks stunning in the image shown below.

Work those black accents into your colour scheme, making sure they don’t dominate the beige tones in the room.

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Instagram image credit: @ourchipsteadcottage

8. Elevate The Space With Bright White

Adding colour separation with half wall panelling is an easy way to add two different colours to a room.

Use bright white on the upper half, this clever decorating trick will draw the eye up and give the illusion of a bigger space. Use the same white over the ceiling too for maximum impact as you step through the door.

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Instagram image credit: @homeonthewillow_

9. Be On-trend With Brown

Brown is the colour of 2024, it’s rich, warm and creates a really cosy setting. As a pared back taupe, Oxford Stone is the perfect neutral contrast for brown.

Again, use brown as an accent colour in the space, generally you want a 60/40 split of colours if you are only planning on using two in a room. Layer with brown and use differing shades to create that depth and texture. Think furniture, throws, cushions and decorative accessories. Sausage dogs work too 😉

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Instagram image credit: @ajbhome_

10. The Perfect North Facing Room Colour

How pretty and delicate does this room look? Oxford Stone has been used on the walls for warmth here with Dimity by Farrow and Ball on the ceiling to brighten the room.

Because Oxford Stone is a red based neutral it’s a versatile colour no matter the orientation of your space as it helps to counteract blue light associated with North facing rooms.

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Instagram image credit: @half_a_hall

11. Green Brings A Sumptuous Feel To Oxford Stone

Oxford Stone provides the perfect neutral foundation to introduce colour. Bring a pop of colour to the space with a warm grey, it creates the basis of sumptuous colour scheme and works well in living rooms and bedrooms.

If you want to elevate your walls further, add traditional wainscoting panelling. This style is perfect for period and high ceilinged properties.

Have any other questions about Oxford Stone and what colours to pair it with? Leave me a comment below and I’ll come straight back!

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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