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Tourbillon is taken from the Ducharne studio which created designs for some of the most famous couture houses in France from the 1920s to 1960s. The paper is composed of segmented circles which blend to give a graphic look.


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Black Blue

No. 95  

Black Blue 4.8 5 20 20
Darkest of darkest blues To put this review in context, I have only ever used the paler F&B paint shades before but wanted to do something dramatic and out of my comfort zone in redecorating the master bedroom. Followed the F&B guidance to the letter. Applied a single coat of the dark tones undercoat first, it needed to cover the original pale wall colour (watched Slipper Satin disappearing with a pang of regret). Not used dark tones undercoat before and it is in itself a dark grey, but did not prepare me for how very dark Black Blue is! First top coat applied despite heart palpitations and jangling nerves. On finishing it looked utterly..erm..black! Decided to take a complete break and leave the house whilst it dried, and to ponder next step. Was it an 'oops' moment or 'keep calm and carry on'... ...Well, with brave resolve I carried on. Completed the second top coat. Had several cups of tea. Removed the masking tape. Left the house again. Came home, entered 'the room' and....utter, utter delight!! Not total black but instead, the deepest, richest, darkest of darkest possible blues. Wonderful. Wept. This colour is not for the faint hearted. Glad I wasn't faint hearted. A photo can't do justice to this shade so not attaching one. November 26, 2014
Great colour and quality paint I have used farrow and ball paint for along time and was worried when the outdoor paint changed from oil based to a water based , infact I actually prefer it! It dries quickly, brushes wash out easily and still has the great quality, I used black blue on my conservatory, love the change in colour , unfortunately they don't do thus colour in masonry so used plain black but made a good contrast. I have just painted my benches after 8+years in arsenic, so quality does last. October 14, 2014
THE colour ....of colours on our palate over the last 5 years October 3, 2014
Beautiful inky blue/ black colour!! I love farrow and ball paint! This colour is like ink, lovely blue/ black that catches the sunlight and turns what would be a boring black into a rich interesting black! August 5, 2014
This paint gives unique results I found this paint like learning to paint again. At first I struggled to get a good result, but when I closely followed the instructions it all changed for the better. I believe it is especially important to use a synthetic brush as recommended. I cannot see the blue in this "Black Blue" colour, but others can. Every one who sees the painted door say it looks fantastic. July 28, 2014
Wonderful colour but not so keen on the water based gloss I found this paint went on easily but does not have the body of the old oil based gloss paints, this means one has to fill the surface of the wood to get the same flat lush gloss look. Wonderful colour. June 4, 2014
Most definitely a dark blue when used outside - Great on our front door We were looking for a colour for our front door. Initially we though about Hague Blue or Drawing Room Blue, but luckily we got a sample pot of Black Blue as well while we were at it. When we tried them out on the Southeast (ish) facing front door it was immediately obvious this was a wonderful deep blue. It always has that blue tinge, but it is so dark you also get some of the benefits of black i.e. a nice deep, subtle, classy colour! As always, easy to use. I used a light colour primer because I had some left over and whilst that means I needed 3 coats and a little touch up here and there, it looks fab....or so we think anyway. Would highly recommend, but make sure you get a sample pot because the colour on the website (and colour chart) is totally different. May 15, 2014
doubtful but pleasantly surprised Having seen this colour online a few websites inc FB site I instantly grow to like it. However i had a voice in back of my head telling that it will not look the same once on the wall but i was willing to try a sample pot for the sake of it. I got a small paint sample from local Homebase store and proceeded to apply to the hallway wall. The wall had been prep'ed for paint with a generic white undercoat/ primer. Sadly the results were not as expected - the sample pot colour looked more black than blue. Having gone back and read a few more reviews I understood that the colour difference could have been down to the undercoat/primer. In the past I have always used a white based undercoat / primer - than again the top coat was always a neutral colour and this was a much darker colour. I decided to give the colour a second chance and this time I chose to use the FB recommend undercoat/primer as well. I placed the order and within 48 hours i had my paints - nicely packed and delivered. So I set to paint. I prep'ed the bedroom wall this time and used a medium pile roller and applied the undercoats/primer (which by itself is a nice colour). The undercoat was touch dry within 90 min and I applied a second coat as a few touch ups. I left the undercoats/ primer for a few days as i was busy with few others things. At this point i was still a little doubtful but all those doubts vanished when I rolled the first paint on the wall. The Black Blue popped right away! I was pleasantly surprised at the colour evening while it was still wet. Again the paint was dry on 90min and ready for a second top coat. Once dry the paint looks amazing, without getting told off for copyright infringement - it did what it said on the tin, on the website and in the design books. The lesson here is using a good base-coat / primer - in this case one with mid-dark undertones as to complement the top coat compared to a generic white base. January 8, 2014
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This colour is definitely blue when painted in large areas. It is a blue version of Studio Green. Dark Tones Undercoat.

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