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Farrow & Ball colour expert shares simple hallway paint secret

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Hallways are a fabulous opportunity to flex your design muscles and experiment with more daring paint ideas. Whatever your home aesthetic and palette, a clutter-free entry that makes you smile every time you come home is the ultimate goal.

So who better to turn to for hallway paint tips than colour curator from Farrow & Ball Joa Studholme?

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The colour expert recently welcomed the nation into her gorgeous 19th-century home during the Channel 5 documentary Farrow & Ball: Inside the Posh Paint Factory. Her small hallway is painted a bold, dark green – Bancha, from F&B, pictured below.

Her hall features a beautifully styled vintage sideboard, an old weather barometer on the wall and terracotta pot plants lining the windowsill. Speaking through her choice of paint in her home set in the middle of a field in the Somerset countryside, she revealed a secret for making your home feel that bit more spacious.

‘First of all, the big thing in this hall – painted in the colour called ‘Bancha’ – I wanted to extend the feeling of the exterior into the interior,’ begins Joa.

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‘Of course, this much stronger, darker hall means that the room after it feels much bigger and lighter. So it’s a really easy technique to make your house feel bigger and lighter,’ she adds.

Her living space is painted in a soft off white called School House White, and the contrast between the dark olive hall and the neutral living room has the effect of inviting you into the brighter space. We also love the idea of softening the transition between the exterior and interior by using natural tones.

Green is one of the biggest paint trends of 2021, but you could just as well opt for a navy or warm red. Making a decision on paint for any DIY and decorating project can feel daunting, but fortune favours the bold.

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If after a little while you fancy something different, you can always paint over it without having to spend tons of money.

There are endless hallway ideas out there, from striped wallpaper to stylish lighting and clever storage solutions. Follow Joa’s advice and opt for a dark paint colour you love. Then, clear the clutter and have a lit to make your entry feel that little more luxurious.

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website’s daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.  

Farrow & Ball’s expert reveals the worst entryway paint mistake

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Your paint choices are transformative in every room, but none more so than your entryway. In this room, your design decisions have the ability to create the right first (and lasting) impression – so it’s important to get the color right. 

To maximize your chance of success, you could do far worse than following the advice of Patrick O’Donnell, Farrow & Ball’s International Brand Ambassador. In his time at the prestigious paint company, Patrick has observed paint ideas – including the hues that work well in the space – and, perhaps even more importantly, the tones to avoid. 

Sharing his entryway ideas with H&G, Patrick revealed the biggest mistake you can make when painting – and the tones to use instead.  

The biggest entryway paint mistake – according to Farrow & Ball 

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The Farrow & Ball expert explains that the biggest error you can make is not considering the light in your hallway. And, even if your space is naturally shaded, you can still utilize the light with paint – and make the area feel bigger. 

Many hallways can feel starved of natural light, so most people tend to address this by painting it a shade of white. Whilst this should feel like a logical solution, it can often be a big no-no,’ Patrick says. The expert suggests that white paint is likely to lead to the opposite of the desired effect. ‘What can happen is you end up in a cold and gloomy space,’ he adds. 

What should you choose instead?  

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When considering your hallway paint ideas, Patrick suggests opting for warmer shades – ‘essentially anything with underlying red and yellow tones,’ which can still be neutral. However, if you’re tempted to go more dramatic, the expert recommends going dark. 

‘It always works a treat as you are playing with the limitations of the space, not fighting them,’ he says. 

Patrick isn’t alone in his admiration for darker tones in small entryways. From Farrow & Ball to Benjamin Moore – the paint houses are in agreement: you should go to the dark side. 

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‘If you are working with a long narrow space, like a hallway, you can use a darker color at the end to draw the eye through the room and make the area feel more spacious,’ says Helen Shaw, the Director Of Marketing at Benjamin Moore

‘As well as using color to create the impression of a larger space, your hallway connects to each room, so the hue chosen should feel harmonious with the rest of the house,’ she adds.

Is it time to turn away from a white entryway? If these experts suggest so, we surely won’t disagree. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants. 

Ideal farrowing equipment: number and type of cages, size by – Articles


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Joan Wennberg discusses the ideal farrowing equipment with Heracleo Corchon and Javier Lorente. They don’t always agree, which makes reading this article all the more interesting.

3 July 2017



In any reproducer, the layout of the farrowing area is an important component of success from an economic and production point of view.

The layout includes many factors such as number and size of farrowing pens, room size, heating, ventilation, etc.

The purpose of this and the following article, which will be published in a few months, is to answer most of these questions. For this, we have worked closely with two well-known experts, Heraclio Corchon and Javier Lorente, who have extensive experience in the management, design and construction of farms.

Number of farrowing pens

Today, this is one of the first questions that comes up at the beginning of a new project. Hyper fertility encourages farmers to install more rigs, which greatly increases investment.

Lorente speaks frankly: “About 10% over your weekly plans. If your goal is 50 farrowings per week: 55-56 pens per week. With hyper prolific sows, additional space will be required for stepmothers.”

What room size will you choose?

How are we going to plan the room in the farrowing house: should the room be bigger or smaller?

Lorenta doesn’t like small spaces. He is sure that the presence of premises in which you can split the weekly game into two is a good option. “If my goal is 90 farrowings per week, I would prefer two rooms that can accommodate 48 animals per week. It is important for me to be able to wean twice a week, if necessary. If I have only one room for a week, then this is difficult to do without violating the empty-busy principle. I don’t like to break up a weekly batch into a large number of rooms, as this is not very convenient in terms of work optimization.

Korshon also advocates splitting the weekly batch into two: “I don’t like rooms that can hold more than 40 machines. For me, the ideal room is where 40 looms fit, a central aisle with 20 looms on each side of it.

Farrowing house planning

One of the key points is the positioning of the farrowing cages: should the sows face the wall or the passageway?

Of course, if the sow faces the wall and the passage is at the back (picture 1), it is easier to observe the farrowing and provide the necessary assistance. The work will be safer and more comfortable and, in addition, the machines will be easier to clean. On the other hand, to access the feeder, we have to enter the pen each time, which is time-consuming and increases the risk of infection.

Lorente favours, without a doubt, the rear or a double passage. The feeding system in place will determine our decision. If the feeding system is automatic (for example liquid feeding or an electronic dispenser with intake control), allowing for the control of the feeding from the rear passage, Lorente would place the sows facing the wall, without the need for a front passage. But in more manual systems, or those that need to be constantly adjusted (dispensers), a double passage is necessary (figure 2), in order to have an easier access to the trough.

Figure 2. The cost of a farrowing room with a double passage is a 10% higher, but it simplifies work because it provides good access to the feed trough and the rear of the farrowing pen.

For Corchón, placing the sow facing the wall has some advantages: you have a better view of the trough, the sow can be checked more easily from behind, and even, from a construction point of view, the crate is more securely fixed. Though scarcely used in many countries, he would go for the double passage, the main one behind the sow (0.9-1m wide), and a narrower one (0.6m) in front that would allow access to clean the trough, etc. This option of the double passage increases the construction price by approximately 10%.

In addition, both of them clearly support the option of piglet shelter areas (figure 3), and that would require a rear passage to observe the piglets in the creep area. The creep areas provide a good environment for the piglets and, at the same time, keep the farrowing rooms at the right temperature for the sows (19-21 ºC).

Figure 3. The temperature requirements of the piglet and the sow are completely different. The creep area allows us to give the right comfort to the piglets without compromising the comfort of the sow.

Cell types

There are many different options. The korshon prefers cages with teeth (Figure 4) that prevent the teat guard from covering the teats. He says: “The movable bar can be moved to avoid completely covering the top row of teats, however, based on experience, it’s better to make things easier because workers don’t always adjust the height of the bar to the height of the sow’s teats.” On the other hand, Lorente prefers the bottom rail (figure 5) because, in his opinion, the teeth of the cage can take up space for the piglets, which, given the large size of the nest, should be avoided if possible.

Figure 4. Crate with fingers and a floating rail. The floating rail is a very efficient system to prevent piglets from being laid on. The purpose of the fingers is to facilitate access to the sow udder.

Lorente insists on the importance of a movable inner rail to avoid crushing the piglets: “it is extremely important to prevent the situation when the sow unexpectedly lies down on the piglets. In modern feeding systems, where we aim for high feed intake during lactation with multiple feedings throughout the day, this handrail is extremely important. Without it, the risk of a sow laying down on her piglets could increase exponentially.”

Figure 5. Adjustable rails are more comfortable for the sows because they offer a greater width for them to lie down and nurse their piglets. Despite this, proper adjustment is essential, so that they do not cover a complete row of teats.

Heated mat cage and dimensions

Korshon doubts: “The standard dimensions used in modern production systems are 1.80m wide by 2.6m. in din. Perhaps soon they will increase to 1.90m x 2.6m, but personally I would not be in a hurry to expand them. Before you take this step, you need to answer a few production questions.

Lorente agrees with this point of view, but notes that “we must remember to increase the size of the heating mats (if we use them) or the size of the piglet den. If we are dealing with hyper prolific sows, the area should be at least 1.2 x 0.5 m; the old dimensions: 1.2 x 0.4 are not sufficient.” (Figure 6).

Figure 6. Narrow farrowing pens or narrow warmer mats should not be used if the sows are hyper fertile. In this way, we will prevent a high death rate of piglets from crushing.

In the next article, Heracleo Corchon and Javier Lorente will talk about floor types, ventilation, heating and such an important aspect as the feeding system.

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09-March-2018a.doljenko Instructive article, thank you!
I would like to hear the opinion of the authors about the rising floor farrowing pen for the sow at the time when she gets up. How effective is it from their point of view? Is it a worthwhile investment?
As I think: – the machine will reduce the number of deaths of piglets from crushing by the sow and what else (important for me) will reduce the width of the machine to 1.6 m when used with sows of Danish genetic lines i.e. with a lot of piglets in the nest.

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12 July 2021



During the last ten years, sow fertility rates have been increasing, by about one piglet every three years. In addition, sows become leaner, fat stores are less. Piglets are born less developed (low birth weight) and we know that the lipid content is less than 2% (Seerley, 1974). In addition, the difference between large and small piglets is increasing. Piglets’ energy at birth is estimated at an average of 400 kJ/kg, while energy requirements in the first 24 hours of life average 900-950 kJ/kg (Spilsbury, 2007).

In order to exploit the high potential of sows, it is necessary, among other things, to make significant improvements to the feeding program.

Not so many years ago we had one type of food for gilts, breeding sows, lactating sows and boars, however today we have a wide range of foods designed for each production phase according to the possibilities/availability at each production stage: for growing gilts, for the first and last month of gestation, the same feed for the entire gestation period, for gestating gilts, feed for sows a few days before farrowing, for lactating sows, for lactating gilts, supplements for lactating sows and for boars.

We are concerned about the changes during the transition from pregnancy to lactation, however, in practice, such changes usually occur overnight. And here a lot of doubts arise, and we will try to talk about a few of them:

  • How long is the gestation period at the moment? 116, 115, 114 days?
  • What is the difference in duration of gestation between gilts and multiple sows?
  • How many days before the expected farrowing date do we move sows to the farrowing house?
  • What kind of feed should be given a few days before farrowing?
  • When is the best time to switch from a gestating sow diet to a lactating sow diet?
  • How much feed and nutrients should a sow eat a few days before farrowing?
  • How much feed should be given on farrowing day?
  • How should the amount of feed for lactating sows be increased from farrowing day to maximum intake?
  • How to adapt the amount of feed per day to the existing feeding system?
  • Is it recommended to use a certain feed before and after farrowing? What are its characteristics, when can it be used and in what quantity?
  • What do we call the period that includes the last days of pregnancy and the first days of lactation, and how long does it last?

In this series of articles, we will look at the last question, i. e. transition period (PT), which we will define as 10 days before farrowing and the first 10 days of lactation, when sows experience significant physiological and metabolic changes (Theil, PK, 2020). This may seem like a short period, but it is very important for the productivity of today’s multiparous sows and is roughly comparable in duration to a lactation period of 3-4 weeks. This period especially affects the last phase of fetal development, the growth of the mammary glands and the production of both colostrum and milk, as well as the feeding behavior of the sow during lactation and the deterioration of her physical condition, which will affect her future fertility. This transitional period is attracting increased attention in the US and Canada.

Litter of 16 piglets from a multiple sow

Transition diet goals

Recent research focuses on the use of a diet that:

  • Helps with farrowing, reduces the need for assistance with farrowing
  • Supports performance
  • Increases the survival rate of piglets

Research into the role of nutrients in this phase is not new; back at the beginning of 19In the 1980s, Dr. Jim Pettigrew collected papers on differences in the amount of fat consumed during this period and the survival rate of piglets. Recent studies have been conducted in several areas, including:

  • High fiber dietary intake and its effect on shortening farrowing time (Feyera, 2017).
  • Effect of hemicellulose on faeces (Ramaekers, 2013).
  • Feeding multiple times before farrowing reduces stillborn piglets and increases survival rates (Miller, 2020 – Gourley, 2020).
  • High doses of phytates shorten farrowing time (Batson, 2018).
  • High doses of zinc sulfate improve piglet survival (Holen, 2020).

More transition studies are needed to prove these optimistic results, this will also help us minimize metabolic disturbances during lactation with subsequent benefits.

  • Colostrum and milk optimization
  • Avoidance of excessive loss of body weight, thickness of back fat and/or loin
  • Weaning the most piglets with the best vitality
  • Weaning of high weight piglets
  • Nursing mortality reduction
  • Reduce sow mortality
  • Reduction of metabolic disorders before and after farrowing
  • Reducing the period between weaning and insemination
  • Improved fertility and subsequent farrowing

The lactation phase is only 20% of the reproductive period (30 days out of 150) when we expect a sow to eat 30% of her annual feed intake, which is about 5% of the total cost of a full cycle feed from an economic point of view.