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Cord

Dead Flat

Cord is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
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Dead Flat

An earthy shade, so called because it is a stronger version of String, both in colour and use.  

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: White Tie

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.

Multi-surface

Multi-surface

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.

Scrubbable

Scrubbable

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: White TieComplementary white: White Tie

White Tie

One of our Yellow Based Neutrals, White Tie brings a gentle warmth to any room and is deepened with a touch of black pigment.
Find out more about White Tie No.2002

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

Mid Tones

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades.

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

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accent Colour Calke Green
No.34
#4F4A4A
trim Colour Tanner's Brown
No.255
#D1C19F
#EFE9D8
#EFE6CF
#EFE9D8
accent Colour White Tie
No.2002
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trim Colour New White
No.59
#D1C19F
#E2D5BC
#D8CBAE
#E2D5BC
accent Colour Matchstick
No.2013
#D8CBAE
trim Colour String
No.8

Sample Our Favourite Neutrals

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 neutral shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Drop Cloth, Stirabout, and Old White.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite colour Lovely colour have had this on my hall snd landing for over 10 years ,just neede freshning up
Date published: 2023-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the very best One of my favourite ever F&B colours. We've just painted our whole cottage in this with Matchstick on the ceilings and coving and Green Smoke on the woodwork. Before, the whole thing was ghastly brilliant white. Now it's transformed into a warm, welcoming and stylish home. For those who fear it may be too dark - don't be afraid! It is fabulous!
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cord 👍🏻 Loved the colour & covered an existing dark green.
Date published: 2023-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic paint Brilliant paint with excellent coverage and hard wearing finish
Date published: 2023-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great paint; terrible service Always the best paint, but sadly we were badly let down by Farrow and Ball this time having paid for next day delivery. 10 days later we are still awaiting our paint and communication from those we have tried to contact about this has been very poor indeed.
Date published: 2024-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed A good quality paint which will last 15 years on the walls it was enough for. Unfortunately the company were unable to supply me with a single litre pot of paint which would have finished the job.
Date published: 2023-06-06

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odor, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They also meet child- and baby-safe requirements in accordance with The Canada Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, Canada Toy Regulations (SOR/2011-17) – Section 23 and ASTM F963 – 17 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.

Quality Finishes

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.

Safety Information

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.