A rich, earthy green

Olive is a very earthy green originally used in panelled rooms. It’s best suited to darker spaces, where the richness of this colour really comes into its own. For this reason, it looks most at home when paired with a traditional neutral such as Off-White or Old White.
Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones
Olive is part of our archive collection so sample pots are not available, and orders cannot be returned.
Olive is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
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Back in 2010, we moved our entire range to an eco-friendly water base that’s low odour, low VOC and child-safe, becoming the first in the industry to do so. Easy to clean without harmful solvents, in tins that can be recycled again and again, our paints help to reduce the environmental impact of redecorating your home.


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 Amazing I simply love this colour. So happy with my choice.
Date published: 2020-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Had been very undecided about which colour I wanted but very happy that I chose olive. Love it!
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B Fab as always We recently changed our kitchen from Vert de Terre to Olive and have been so happy with the results. With all our light coloured units the darker tone works so well. Olive looks great with House White. We’ve been buying F&B for years and wouldn’t bother with any other brand. Beautiful colours.
Date published: 2020-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour! Beautiful classic green. I painted my kitchen door and I am absolutely thrilled about the result. It needed an undercoat and four layers of green to really cover the wood.
Date published: 2020-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! The colour and finish are just perfect for our sitting room.
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect pigments Love it. Estate emulsion changes beautifully with the light. Went on like a dream after first coat as per picture. Will get second coat done soon haha! Warm forest feels.
Date published: 2019-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant paint Never used farrow & ball paint before but I would defiantly use it again with out a doubt!! It just seems to last forever!! It goes on so smooth and the finish is perfect. I used it on an old Welsh dresser and it looks fantastic. Beautiful colour too. I did source cheaper paints but they just didn't come up to the standard of farrow & ball and as I'm having my whole kitchen in the olive I needed to make the right choice in colour and finish. You may pay more for this product but it's worth every penny! :)
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour The colour is an exact match to paper colour chart but not the online colour which looks brighter - this is great as what I wanted but don't go from online colour only as much softer and deport tone than that
Date published: 2015-10-30
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