Archive Collection: Folly Green


A strong but soothing green

While originally inspired by neoclassical interiors, Folly Green is easy to use in all sorts of homes, creating spaces that feel both relaxed and refined. This particular shade was very popular in the late 18th century, and strikes the perfect balance of strong and soothing in traditional and modern rooms alike.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Lime White

Archive Collection: Folly Green is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11.
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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 great colour excellent colour and nice pain to apply, finish wonderful
Date published: 2021-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully calming, just as the wanted... Gosh, I am absolutely delighted with this choice of colour. I contemplated other shades of Farrow and Ball green, but was inspired by a picture I saw online of the designer Luke Edward Hall's hallway and I just knew this was exactly what I was looking for. So, knowing this is an archive colour, I decided to go ahead and use it in an open space (kitchen, dining room and snug.) I am really delighted with the finished results and would buy it again for other spaces. Thank you once again Farrow and Ball.It's wonderful and just as other reviews state; it is exceptionally calming!
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gloss Paint Excellent paint as always from F & B, good coverage, minimal runs. Used indoors on radiators, and garage door. The old oil-based gloss was brilliant in more ways than one until the EU banned it. Now we are out of the EU can we have it back?
Date published: 2020-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect hallway green After searching the Internet for the perfect green for my hallway, I came across folly green. The colour was exactly how I envisioned it would look. The paint was thick and the colour rich
Date published: 2019-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely finish Very pleased with the results although much lighter than I thought it would be. My decorator was reluctant to use it but turned out well even he had to admit.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tranquil Green A strong but restful green which gives a relaxed but ccosy backdrop to my farmhouse style kitchen.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have lived with this for 14 years... We have lived with this for 14 years across two houses and three redecorations -- using it for interconnecting sitting rooms in a Victorian house. It is a fantastic colour which looks bright in the daytime and cosy in the evening firelight. It casts attractive shadows and there is plenty of depth and complexity to the colour. It is an excellent ground for hanging pictures as well. We use it currently in combination with New White for woodwork including shutters. I think that is too creamy really and would rather have gone for a limier white like Cornforth White. For the second of our three redecorations [an insurance job] they used a non Farrow and Ball version of this mixed at a shop. Now we have the real thing on the walls again I can appreciate how flat and dull it had been looking before. That sounds like an advert I know but it is true.
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy again A wonderful, deep, soothing yet cheerful green. I used it in my bedroom. Two coats of eggshell gave excellent coverage on trim. Not too drippy.
Date published: 2012-09-01
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