Farrow & Ball Colour Trends – Black

Walls, Ceiling and Trim: Off-Black No.57

Not just for moody teenage hideouts, black paint creates intimate, inviting, and thoroughly on-trend spaces to escape to at the end of a long day. Whether you’re feeling bold enough to go all out, tempted by a new trim colour, or looking for an unexpected shade that combines the drama and dreaminess of black with hints of tint, our selection of black paint and wallpaper has it all.

Blue Based Black Paint Colours

Railings, with its generous dose of blue pigment, is versatile enough to be used anywhere you’d consider a pure black paint, but with an added underlying complexity that creates the most dramatic and enveloping spaces. It looks especially smart used across walls and woodwork, as this modern pantry attests; in a family kitchen, it pairs beautifully with grey-blue De Nimes walls, a white marble worktop, and sleek gold fittings. Recreate the look with our step-by-step guide to painting kitchen cabinets.

Walls and Trim: Railings No.31

Walls:De Nimes No.299 in Modern Emulsion; Cabinetry and Shelving:Railings No.31

Pure Black Paint Colours

Pitch Black is as pure a black paint as you can get. With an unsurpassable depth and an almost velvety quality, this true black requires some daring to use on walls where a softer, off black paint may be more forgiving, but as a striking accent to add structure and personality to any space, it’s hard to beat. Follow the lead of these modern living rooms by highlighting beams or bookcases in a black wood paint, like Modern Eggshell or Full Gloss.

Walls and Trim: Stone Blue No.86  Ceiling: Dix Blue No.82 Bookcase: Pitch Black No.256

Walls and Trim: Pavilion Gray No.242 Ceiling: All White No.2005  Beams: Pitch Black No.256

Soft Black Paint Colours

Moody and modern, a softer off-black paint can be the perfect colour candidate for your next dramatic transformation. The paler Tar creates rooms that feel both dramatic and welcoming – great in glamorous entertaining spaces and cosy corners alike. Off-Black, meanwhile, is one of our favourite front door colours. It takes on an even more subtle character in the stronger light of the outdoors, making for elegant woodwork, furniture and fences.

Walls and Ceiling: Tar No.CC1

Door:Off-Black No.57

Warm Black Paint Colours

Tanner’s Brown, which appears almost black in lower lighting, has a warmth and softness that makes it a soothing alternative to cooler black shades, creating particularly welcome living rooms. If you’re feeling a little bolder, try rich Paean Black, with its underlying purple tones. On walls, it creates a cosy and undeniably chic feel, but we particularly love it on kitchen cabinetry in combination with Sulking Room Pink.

Wall: Paean Black No.294

Walls and Ceiling: Sulking Room Pink No.295  Cabinetry: Paean Black No.294

Black Wallpaper

Being created with our own water based paint, no collection of daring dark schemes would be complete without a mention of our handcrafted wallpaper. A dark wallpaper with black painted trim is always a winning combination – just see this opulent bathroom, where our Lotus wallpaper is paired with Off-Black woodwork and ceiling, for proof. Meanwhile, as a feature wall in an otherwise neutral space, this Paean Black and copper colourway of our Tessella wallpaper instantly draws attention.

Ceiling, Panelling and Trim: Off-Black No.57 Wall: Lotus BP 2017

Walls and Ceiling: School House White No.291 Feature Wall: Tessella BP 3613

Farrow & Ball Colour Trends – Yellow

Wall: Bone No.15 and India Yellow No.66

Yellow paint is happy, sunny and warm – all the ingredients you need for a room that feels like home, and makes you feel good too. There’s delicate cream paint for rustic hideaways, zingy brights for bold modern schemes, and the truest of sunshine yellows to bring a smile to any space. Whatever mood you’re looking to create, we’ve got shades of yellow paint to suit every one.


How to Use Yellow Paint

Yellow paint can work in any space with just a little thought. Bright yellow can be a bit energetic for a bedroom, but an earthy ochre like India Yellow feels grown-up and restful, while a delicate primrose yellow like Dayroom Yellow works wonderfully in nurseries and children’s rooms. A rich cream paint, like Tallow, feels elegantly traditional in hallways and living rooms, while at the other end of the spectrum, zingy Citrona and Yellowcake present plenty of fun opportunities for the bold.


Cream Paint Colours

Walls: New White No.59 in Estate Emulsion; Stone Blue No.86 in Estate Eggshell

Walls: String No.8 in Estate Emulsion

A cream colour is a timeless choice for walls and trim, combining the warmth of a more straightforward yellow wall paint with the subtlety of a neutral. Bringing a feeling of familiarity to any space, cream paint colours look particularly at home in more traditional rooms, especially a cosy and convivial living room like this one, in String. As an easy-going neutral, cream is also a brilliant backdrop to brighter pops of colour – take it from the owners of this study, which has been playfully accented with Stone Blue.

Light Yellow Paint Colours

Walls: Hay No.37 in Estate Emulsion

Walls and Ceiling: Ciara Yellow No.73 (Archived)

Light yellow paint is a great all-purpose option, suiting both modern and traditional settings and bringing subtle cheer to any room. For a light filled yellow kitchen, try Hay or Pale Hound – these pale yellows are fresh and delicate, and their underlying green tones look especially good in a garden-facing room. Our light and bright yellows, like Dayroom Yellow and Yellow Ground, create pockets of sunshine that perfectly suit smaller rooms. Try them across both the walls and ceiling, as the owners of this Ciara Yellow bedroom have done, for an enveloping feel.

Strong Yellow Paint Colours

Walls: Citrona No.CC3 in Estate Emulsion

Floor:Yellowcake No.279 (Archived) in Modern Eggshell

Strong yellows are sunshine epitomised, creating upbeat rooms that will make you smile every time you step inside. Bright yellow paint colours like Citrona and Babouche can help spaces feel bigger and full of energy. Try them boldly splashed across walls and woodwork for a sunny kitchen or playroom. Or, for a real statement, pick out a single feature and go as bright as you dare.

Mustard Yellow Paint Colours

Walls: India Yellow No.66 in Estate Emulsion

Walls: India Yellow No.66 in Modern Eggshell

Deep yellow, ochre, and mustard yellow paint colours share the uplifting properties of brighter yellows during daylight hours, but they really come into their own after dark, making them an excellent choice for cosy bedrooms and living rooms. The deep English-mustard tones of India Yellow create rooms with a moody, modern feel, while the lighter Sudbury Yellow feels cleaner, brighter and more traditional, especially in well-lit rooms.

Yellow Paint Accents

Floor: India Yellow No.66 in Modern Eggshell

Alcove: Babouche No.223

Painting a single feature in a bold colour like yellow can add instant personality to otherwise neutral scheme. This country kitchen, with its restrained palette of Studio Green and School House White, is given an instant lift by Babouche in the window alcove. For a more dramatic transformation, try a yellow floor paint – these homeowners have used India Yellow in our super-tough Modern Eggshell finish.

Yellow Exterior Paint

Masonry: All White No.2005  Door: Yellowcake No.279 (Archived)

Door: Yellowcake No.279 (Archived)

Nothing says “welcome home” quite like a yellow front door. As these two very different homes show, a yellow door can fit with all kinds of styles and situations, adding kerb appeal and – with our tough and flexible Exterior Eggshell and Full Gloss finishes – protection from the elements. For an all-encompassing hit of sunshine, there’s even yellow masonry paint. A range of our yellows is available in Exterior Masonry, a super durable and elegant matt finish that transforms and protects render, brickwork, concrete, and terracotta plant pots.

Farrow & Ball Colour Trends – Pink

Walls:Pink Ground No.202 in Modern Emulsion; Cabinetry: Duck Green No.W55 in Modern Eggshell

Whether rich and jewel-like or soft and subtle, pink paint can come in many guises. No longer the reserve of nurseries and children’s rooms, the new pinks offer a versatile palette for every kind of space, with grown-up, greyed-out shades and bold flashes of colour sitting side by side with the sweetest rose, blush and baby pink hues.

Pale Pink Paint Colours

Fresh and uncomplicated, Middleton Pink is the most delicate of our pink paint colours, making it just as lovely an option for soothing living spaces as for nurseries and children’s rooms. For a distinctly grown-up look, try Peignoir or Calamine, soft pinks with a generous touch of grey that counteracts any potential sugariness and gives a gorgeous depth of colour.

Walls: Middleton Pink No.245 in Modern Emulsion

Walls and Ceiling: Peignoir No.286 in Modern Emulsion

Blush Pink Paint Colours

Pink Ground, with its large dose of yellow pigment, creates the softest blush of colour for warm, soothing spaces. The similarly subtle Setting Plaster mimics the shade of – you guessed it – freshly plastered walls, and creates a universally flattering backdrop to favourite pieces of wall art and furniture. Both are delicate enough to be taken across the walls and ceiling, creating welcoming rooms that you won’t be able to resist whiling away the hours in.

Walls and Ceiling: Pink Ground No.202 in Estate Emulsion

Walls: Setting Plaster No.231 in Modern Emulsion

Bright Pink Paint Colours

Vibrant pinks are clean, uplifting, and invigorating, creating spaces that instantly prompt a smile. Rangwali is an intensely pigmented pink that transforms smaller spaces into secret pockets of joyful colour – if you’re feeling brave, try it on the ceiling as well as the walls. In larger rooms, you can balance a softer bright pink like Nancy’s Blushes by stopping short of the ceiling and pairing with a clean, uncomplicated white.

Walls and Woodwork: Rangwali No.296

Walls and Woodwork: Nancy’s Blushes No.278

Dusky Pink Paint Colours

Dusky pink paint is a natural next step for lovers of neutrals, combining the cosy yet contemporary appeal of pink with the versatility and easygoing nature of soft greys and beiges. Dead Salmon is one of our most changeable shades, shifting from mushroom to pink depending on the light, while Cinder Rose is our truest, bluest dusky pink. Sulking Room Pink, which strikes the perfect balance between grey and pink, brings out the best in traditional and contemporary spaces alike

Walls: Sulking Room Pink No.295

Walls and Ceiling: Sulking Room Pink No.295

Pink Furniture Paint

One of the easiest ways to embrace any trend-led shade in your interiors, without committing to a new wall colour, is with furniture paint. Our Estate Eggshell, Modern Eggshell and Full Gloss finishes come in every shade of pink in our palette, which means plenty of scope to experiment with kitchen cabinets and favourite furniture. Our toy-safe Estate and Modern ranges, have been independently tested and approved to meet Toy Safety Standards, you can even try your hand at transforming cots and toys

Walls and Ceiling: Strong White No.2001

Cabinetry: Dead Salmon No.28 in Modern Eggshell