Archive Collection: Chinese Blue


A classic, ceramics-inspired blue

Warmer than Cook’s Blue and brighter than Stone Blue, this shade was inspired by the blue and white patterned Chinese ceramics displayed in the room for which it was originally mixed.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Shadow White

Archive Collection: Chinese Blue is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
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Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odour, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They are also certified child- and baby-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


Every one of our paint colours is available in a range of durable interior and exterior paint finishes, each rigorously tested to ensure an exceptional depth of colour and long-lasting finish. For the very best results, we always recommend using a Farrow & Ball Primer & Undercoat – see above for the correct tone for this colour.


All Farrow & Ball finishes except Limewash contain isothiazolinones, which may produce an allergic reaction. Farrow & Ball Limewash contains calcium hydroxide which can cause severe damage in contact with skin or eyes. For further information about our products, including guidance on safe use and application, click here to view our advice pages.

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Limewash: Danger. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. 

Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

All other finishes: Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gorgeous blue I took a chance on this color for our south-facing dining room. Even though I didn't get a sample, I LOVED the paint from the moment I opened the can. It went on the walls like a dream, and the finished color is vibrant, inviting, and rich. Throughout the day, it morphs slightly as the sun hits the paint and then sets, but every stage is gorgeous. I bought some other brands of paint for different rooms, but I liked F&B the best.
Date published: 2021-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour Took a bit of a gamble with this as they didn’t have a sample pot but I have to say their description was spot on. Perfect for my Art Deco inspired bathroom. Brilliant coverage too.
Date published: 2021-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful intense blue I painted my loft bedroom this colour, which has lots of south facing sunshine. It’s an intense blue, but also restful and not at all overwhelming. I have lots of compliments on it.
Date published: 2021-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour! I have just finished painting my bedroom in this. I’m so happy with the result. It was a risk as we couldn’t get a tester but it was a risk worth taking. After endless searching for the right blue we have finally found it. Looks great in sunshine and is cosy without being too dark in the evening.
Date published: 2020-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, nuanced blue I have an obnoxiously large and irregularly shaped west-facing Master Bedroom. It was painted in Inchyra Blue, but I wanted a cheerier color once COVID hit and we were housebound. I couldn't be more pleased with Chinese Blue! It is the perfect blue to my eye, neither too red nor too yellow. With my western exposure, the color trends a little cool, almost towards blueberry in the mornings. As the day progresses, the color warms up considerably, taking on a more turquoise cast. At night, it is cosy but not dim. I used Railing in the open attached bath, with All White on the trim & ceiling. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Photo update from last review Here are the photos to go with my review below. Mick T
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour I bought this colour as a contrast to Parma Gray painting my kitchen cabinets both colours are outstanding especially together can understand why the China Blue is still not a current colour anymore first time I’ve used Farrow and Ball won’t be my last
Date published: 2019-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite We have had this paint on our external woodwork for 15 years , with occasional touch ups in all that time , it's durable, looks good and is highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-07-30
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