Our Paint

Farrow & Ball paints are born and bred in Dorset, England. We’ve resided here since John Farrow, and fellow paint pioneer, Richard Ball first founded the company in 1946. Their passion for making paint to original formulations, using only the finest ingredients and age-old methods, is matched by our craftsmen today.

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There is true alchemy to our paints. It’s the high levels of pigment, rich resin binders, and the high refractory nature of our key ingredients that produces our signature immersive depth of colour. And, to ensure our paint meets our obsessively high requirements, we scrupulously test every batch before it even reaches the tin. There’s a reason Stiffkey Blue is the precise colour of the extraordinary mud found at Stiffkey beach in Norfolk!


With interior and exterior, modern and traditional finishes available in a carefully edited palette of 132 colours, our paints are created to shape homes around the world.

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One of the more quirky distinguishing attributes of Farrow & Ball is our paint names. Always distinct and rooted in the past, our names create a lot of conversation! Generally these names are inspired by nature and our Dorset surroundings, found in historic houses or named after friends of Farrow & Ball.


St Giles Blue, for example, is named after a colour we found a few miles away from our Dorset home in the hallway at 17th century St Giles House, whereas colours such as, Charlotte’s Locks and Nancy’s Blushes are named after the fiery red hair and rosy cheeks of people we know and love.


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