Best Farrow & Ball paints 2020: 11 gorgeous colours you'll love

Looking for the most popular Farrow & Ball paints? From classic Ammonite to stylish Hague Blue, here are the best picks

Best Farrow & Ball paints 2020
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Farrow & Ball paints are iconic in the world of interiors, not only for their... original names (Broccoli Brown, Dead Salmon, Mole's Breath) but also for their gorgeous rich, traditional hues and amazing quality. It's, therefore, no surprise that we are all so in love with F&B and all want in on their paints' room-changing abilities. So we have rounded up the most popular Farrow & Ball paint colours from the classic Ammonite to the bang on-trend Hague Blue...

Farrow & Ball's best-selling wall paints are available in three finishes: Estate Emulsion (chalky matt), Modern Emulsion (matt), and Full Gloss. They also do an Eggshell that is perfect for wood and floors, plus Exterior Masonry and Eggshell finishes. Look out for low sheen Specialist Finishes, too. You can also choose between 0.75l, 2.5l or 5l tins depending on the job. Coverage depends on the finish you choose.  

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1. Farrow & Ball Ammonite

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Ammonite is Farrow and Ball's most popular neutral. It's neither too warm not too cool so will work in any room no matter what the natural light situation. It's got a very subtle grey tone that you can bring out more if paired with a brighter white like All White, but without that contrast, it just looks like a lovely soft white. 

Best for: all rooms, it's neutral tone means it will suit north or south facing space. View Deal

2. Farrow & Ball Wimborne White

Farrow & Ball Wimborne White

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Another popular neutral, the timeless elegance of Wimborne White's classic just off-white shade has made it a firm favourite for many years. A versatile choice for almost any room – particularly one you want to feel light and bright – the merest touch of warm yellow pigment makes it a more inviting shade than bright white.

Best for: north-facing rooms, or just dark rooms that lack natural light like hallways and windowless bathrooms. View Deal

3. Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray

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Of course we all still love grey. An enduringly popular choice for stylish bedrooms and living rooms, it is an easy way to create a tranquil and inviting atmosphere. Pavilion Gray is a cool mid-toned grey - neutral enough for any room, but with a distinctive edge. Pair up with bright cool white like Blackened for a clean, simple look.

Browse grey living room and grey bedroom design ideas to inspire your schemes.

Best for: living rooms and bedroom, it's cooler toned so would be better in a room with natural light but works fine in darker rooms too will just look more flat. View Deal

4. Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Down Pipe colour by farrow and ball

Farrow & Ball describe this colour as 'a dramatic lead grey' – Down Pipe is the best Farrow & Ball colour option for making a statement in the hallway or bedroom, but now finding its way into living rooms, home offices and dining spaces, too. Deep, dark grey-black has been an on-trend colour for quite a few years now and shows no sign of going out of fashion. A characterful alternative to light neutrals, it works brilliantly combined with off-whites or pastels. 

Browse dark and atmospheric room design ideas to inspire your scheme.

Best for: kitchen cabinets, we love this colour for a kitchen, just pick the Wood & Metal finish and follow our guide to how to paint kitchen cabinets.View Deal

5. Farrow & Ball Railings

Bedroom panelling in room painted dark grey. By Farrow & Ball

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Blue or black? Why choose if you can have a colour that occupies a perfectly balanced space in the middle? With its unique, rich tone, it is no wonder that Railings has become a bestseller. This colour works especially well for adding character to a study or dining room, as shown here. Why not use it on woodwork and doors, too, to up the contemporary appeal? We think this is the best Farrow & Ball paint for those looking for a dark option.

Best for: any room, really this would work no matter what the lighting situation or the size of the room. It's perfect for making a small room feel cosier or a large room feel more dramatic. The best Farrow & Ball darker paint. View Deal

6. Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

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The most popular of all Farrow & Ball colours right now seems to be Hague Blue. Everyone seems to be painting walls, floor and kitchen cupboards in this strong deep dark blue. It has a slight green undertone which lends itself to rooms that don't get much natural light, it also works well in smaller rooms too. Team it with a fresh, light blue like Borrowed Light to give it a lift. 

Best for: feature walls, the strong blue makes it the perfect for adding interest without overwhelming a room.View Deal

7. Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue

Stiffkey Blue

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A bold and dramatic shade, Stiffkey Blue works wonders on rooms that are often overlooked, such as dining rooms and pantries – but don't overlook its potential for a bathroom or kitchen, too. Consider using it as an all-over colour for a really striking effect, as shown below. We think this is the best Farrow & Ball paint colour for those wanting a darker striking effect.

Best for: a four wall blue, this is a slightly less dramatic blue to Hague Blue so can be used to paint a whole room. It would be better for north-facing rooms as the blue looks a little cool in direct natural light.View Deal

8. Farrow & Ball Dix Blue

Dix Blue

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A delicate duck egg shade, Dix Blue sits somewhere between blue and green. A great option for injecting any room with a dash of summery, light-hearted colour, it has a touch of black pigment that creates a slightly aged and relaxed vintage feel, making it perfect for use on upcycled furniture, panelling and woodwork, as well as living room walls. Pair it with a neutral shade, such as Pointing, for an understated effect, as shown here.

Best for: furniture. Revamp old pieces with a lick of this lovely hues in the Wood & Metal finish. Check out our guide to how to paint furniture for tips. View Deal

9. Farrow & Ball Light Blue

Farrow & Ball Light Blue

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A very popular choice for shadier spaces, Light Blue has a shimmering, silvery quality that will add interest to rooms with a light quality that may otherwise look flat, especially if they are north-facing. Pair it with some warm, creamy whites to add softness to the space. 

Best for: cooler, north-facing rooms.View Deal

10. Farrow & Ball India Yellow

Kitchen walls and dresser painted in Farrow and Ball India Yellow

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A popular colour choice, and not just for walls, a splash of India Yellow shouldn't go amiss in your home come spring-summer time. It'll certainly grab your guests' attention, and it works wonders in naturally dark rooms. Whether you're thinking of using it for a feature wall, to jazz up your flooring or revive some old-looking furniture, it's a daring choice we think you'd love. The best Farrow & Ball colour for those looking to step out of their comfort zone.

Best for: floors. This is such a lovely colour on bare floorboards and looks less dramatic than you might think. Check out our guide to painting floorboards if you want to give it a go. 

11. Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster

Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster

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A lovely grown up pink, this dusty hue replicated newly plastered walls that are super on trend right now. No you don't have to go ripping off your wallpaper and sanding down walls to get the look, just give them a coat of Setting Plaster. It's a really soft colour with plenty of yellow pigment that makes it perfect for sunny bedrooms.

Best for: bedrooms, for adding a softness that just one up from a creamy neutral.  View Deal

Charlotte Cosby, the company's Head of Creative, explains the reasons behind Farrow & Ball's continued success, 'Our paints have high levels of pigment, rich resin binders and high quality ingredients, giving them a unique depth of colour. We carefully source our ingredients from suppliers to ensure you’ll find only the highest quality in each tin. We have a thoughtfully created palette of 132 colours in a range of interior and exterior, modern and traditional finishes. Our paint is meticulously tested, giving you the extraordinary colour and long-lasting finish you expect every time.'

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