No. 268

Charlotte's Locks

Dead Flat

Charlotte's Locks is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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Dead Flat

This dramatic tone is named after our redheaded Creative Director.  

Dead Flat® is our multi-surface, ultra-matt finish with added toughness. Suitable for walls, it’s ideal for colour drenching. The flat matt look creates richer colour from every angle, while the washable, scuff-resistant finish is more than a match for mess — perfect for hallways, playrooms and other high-traffic areas.

Complementary white: Strong White

Key features

Our most matte finish

Our most matte finish

Our most matte finish yet, Dead Flat is ultra-matte from every angle.

With just a 2% sheen level, less light bounces off the surface of the paint, so you can fully enjoy the true depth of colour. Our signature rich colours seem even richer, especially our darker shades. So, you can enjoy the ultimate Farrow & Ball aesthetic. Plus, for the first time, you can achieve an ultra-matte look for your woodwork too.

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matte. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other.



Take Dead Flat across walls, woodwork and metal, for an effortless, full-room transformation with just one finish. Now you can spend less time fiddling with different finishes and more time admiring the finished result.

For walls, interior wood and metal

For walls, interior wood and metal

Suitable for use on walls, interior wood and metal. 

From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project.



Dead Flat creates beautiful spaces that stay beautiful.

It’s scuff-resistant and scrubbable, meaning you can easily wipe off marks without any paint transferring to your cloth. Dead Flat is ideal for hallways, playrooms and other busy areas, so you can enjoy deep, durable colour throughout your home.

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer. 

Toy safe

Toy safe

This finish is independently tested and certified toy-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021). That means you can and a splash of colour to toys, cribs and other surfaces little ones come into contact with. Our paints also have hardly any odour and don’t need any solvents to clean up, so you can breathe easy during application and beyond. 

Discover All-new Dead Flat®

Discover new Dead Flat®: multi-surface, impressively durable and our most matt finish yet.
Quite simply, this is paint perfected.

Take Dead Flat® across walls, woodwork and metal, for an effortless, full-room transformation with just one finish. The ultra-matt look makes our rich colours even richer, while the scrubbable, scuff-resistant finish is more than a match for mess.

Complementary White

Complementary white: Strong WhiteComplementary white: Strong White

Strong White

One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.  Find out more about Strong White No.2001

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Red & Warm Tones

Our Red & Warm Tones Primer & Undercoat is the perfect first step towards truly cosy colour schemes. Based on the shade Porphyry Pink, it makes topcoats look even richer, so you can enjoy the fullest expression of your chosen hue.

Made with the same natural ingredients and pigments as our topcoats, our Primer & Undercoat is the crucial foundation for creating a rich, even and longer lasting finish.

Colour Schemes

accent Colour Down Pipe
trim Colour Black Blue
accent Colour Purbeck Stone
trim Colour Mole's Breath
accent Colour All White
trim Colour Strong White

Sample Our Favourite Reds

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular red shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Picture Gallery Red, Rectory Red and Preference Red.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint I’ve been using Farrow and Ball paints for years the colour and ease of use is the best. Now and again I buy someone else’s paint and always regret it!
Date published: 2023-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Charlottes Locks! Gorgeous colour that I had always wanted to use and finally applied to an outdoor chair. It looks fabulous.
Date published: 2023-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlottes Locks and Bancha Mid Century Modern Fab I have wanted to use this colour for the longest time and finally used it on a Adirondack chair that a neighbour made for me. I painted one in Charlotte's Locks and the other in Bancha. Mid century modern fabulous.
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zing with depth My favourite colour of all F&B. Depth, clarity and application is second to none as with all F&B but this just has that ‘extra’ for me. It’s ‘zing’ with no sting!
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always perfection with F&B.Love this elegant zing Most beautiful colour, dream to use,finish perfect
Date published: 2023-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blood orange Dramatic change to room really worked. Updated room and colour words well with rustic wood
Date published: 2023-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte's Locks great colour!!! We did our bedroom with Charlotte's Locks and Elephants breath.
Date published: 2023-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goegeous colour, 3 coats needed I absolutely love this colour, adds a vibrant warmth to a dark hallway. On the advice of F&B i actually used an eggshell on the wall, to give a higher sheen and bounce the light better, which really helps too. One star deducted because ive needed 3 coats (and therefore a second pot of paint) to get a smooth coverage, 2 coats was still really patchy. Made it a more expensive project than planned.
Date published: 2023-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as vibrant as hoped Bought this without a tester in dead flat, I do love the finish the dead flat gives. Needed 3 coats, the coverage didn’t seem as good as over FB colours. Kinda reminds me of tomato soup! I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t more of a vibrant orange colour, has a lot of red/ brown in it. Don’t know if I got a funny batch? Have paired with Strong White on the other walls and All White trim. Overall am pleased.
Date published: 2023-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lovely colour but.... The colour in itself is a particularly wonderful orange colour, with a warm depth and a softness that you don’t often get with oranges. However, the application was a nightmare. We applied this on a stairwell, with modern emulsion. We applied one coat of the correct primer and then after four coats of the emulsion we managed to call it a day, although in certain lights one can still see a tiny bit of primer showing through! This is ridiculous by any stretch of the imagination! If you wanted to use this colour, I would suggest either applying enough coats of the primer so that the primer colour is totally even all over, or else apply the orange over a white or light coloured wall. The problem is that the paint is incredibly transparent and the primer is quite a dark reddish colour which keeps showing through the top coats if the primer is not applied until you have a completely even finish with the undercoat. I’m glad we only used this on a small area!
Date published: 2022-10-14