No. 26

Down Pipe

Modern Emulsion

Down Pipe is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 26.
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Modern Emulsion

This dark lead grey was given its name as it was a colour often used to paint downpipes and guttering.  

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, easy to clean finish for interior walls and ceilings. Washable and protected against mould, it’s the best choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

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Complementary white: Blackened

Key features

Matte

Matte

Modern Emulsion is a beautiful, durable matte finish with 7% sheen.

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.

For interior walls and ceilings

For interior walls and ceilings

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, matte finish for interior walls and ceilings. 

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.

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Our expert chemists add a preservative to Modern Emulsion that protects it from mould, keeping moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms looking fresh. So, although it makes a wonderful addition to every room of your home, it’s the best finish option for these steamy spaces in particular. 

Tough and easy-to-clean

Tough and easy-to-clean

Our super-tough superstar for washable walls, Modern Emulsion has a high-performance formula that makes it easy to wipe away spills and marks – not paint. We use high-quality minerals and strong binders to make sure it’s also resistant to knocks and scrapes. 

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. 


75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Complementary white: BlackenedComplementary white: Blackened

Blackened

Our coolest white, with the slightest hint of grey, Blackened sits perfectly with each of our Architectural Neutrals for a minimal look or stronger industrial feel.
Find out more about Blackened No.2011

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

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Dark Tones

When it comes to using dark colours, the deeper the better. So, for an irresistibly inviting finished look, pair darker shades with our Dark Tones Primer & Undercoat. Based on the colour of Down Pipe, combining this primer with your topcoat creates an unrivalled richness and makes quite the statement.

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

#606565
#C3C1BB
#9EA09D
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accent Colour Pavilion Gray
No.242
#9EA09D
trim Colour Manor House Gray
No.265
#606565
#8C8E8D
#505456
#8C8E8D
accent Colour Plummett
No.272
#505456
trim Colour Hopper Head
No.305
#606565
#DBDBDA
#CFCBC4
#DBDBDA
accent Colour Blackened
No.2011
#CFCBC4
trim Colour Cornforth White
No.228

Sample Our Favourites

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 shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Hopper Head, Off-Black and Pitch Black.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous paint This paint is a joy to use. Odourless, it glides on and dries to a quality finish.
Date published: 2024-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great grey tha's not sure whether its grey or blue I bought Down Pipe in the dead flat finish as I wanted a tough paint for re-painting a chest of drawers. The finish is wonderful and has proven to be really scratch resistant. I was sceptical at first but it is standing up to heavy use and has not chipped or marked yet. I have since used this on a coffee table, and it looks wonderful. Thank you so much F&B for a really hard wearing paint finish.
Date published: 2024-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint- definitely a convert A great colour but more importantly as the first time using Farrow and Ball I now understand why people say they would never use any other paint. It went on so well and has a depth to it that is amazing.
Date published: 2024-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great company A great product and a great service from Farrow and Ball.
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pleased Great colour. Covers well. Quality paint. Lots of compliments.
Date published: 2024-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Drama! I love the drama this colour has brought to our snug. It makes it feel so cosy. I just wish I had painted the ceiling and skirting too!
Date published: 2024-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exterior trim and siding Outstanding coverage, easy application, great leveling properties for a smooth finish
Date published: 2023-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Downpipe I have used this colour in many of my recent projects. It has a really classic feel and creates a cosy aesthetic.
Date published: 2023-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Applies very well and easy . Coverage is excellent and a 750 ml tin goes a long way
Date published: 2023-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour & finish We have 2 walls in our sitting room in this colour, plus we painted a radiator cover and sideboard to match - depending on light the walls can look grey, grey/black or blue grey in my opinion. This paint doesn’t have any sheen which is perfect.
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Downpipe I painted my lounge in Downpipe today and it’s absolutely beautiful. I really don’t know how to describe it, it’s grey but warm and sexy too! I went for dead flat and it was so easy to clean the brushes, I’m just thrilled with the results and can’t stop looking at it
Date published: 2023-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent paint, lovely colours Beautiful paint but it is expensive - over £100 a tin
Date published: 2023-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moody deep color Beautiful deep color. Changes from gray to green to a deep blue depending on the light in your room. Moody. Nice for studies, furniture or an accent wall
Date published: 2023-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Dead Flat Completely in love with the new Dead Flat paint. Gorgeous finish and the coverage was amazing on both walls and paintwork.
Date published: 2023-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from color and quality I've search through so many colors looking for the perfect color but they were either too blue or too grey. This color is exactly what I was looking for to paint our cabinets. The quality is terrific - great coverage.
Date published: 2023-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Down Pipe Really classy colour, used mid tones undercoat and the end result is amazing.
Date published: 2023-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New dead flat is like velvet!!! I purchased this color in the new Dead Flat. It is incredible!! I have Downpipe in several areas of my home. Beautiful as a backdrop for my colorful artwork.
Date published: 2023-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous dramatic dark grey I painted my small study/box room in Downpipe and I absolutely love it. It’s a great background for art too. Put Blackened on the ceiling. So pleased with the colour. No excuse not to work now!
Date published: 2023-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Room transformation Wanted to get rid of the boring white bookcase color but everyone was skeptical. Add some bead board backing for a more furniture ambiance. Once complete, this room is beautiful, cozy and has personality. TV blends a little better and not so obnoxious. The paint handled beautifully.
Date published: 2022-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A knightmare to apply and not wipeable… My painter has vowed to never use it again! Don’t blame him… cannot be wiped or touched up and the texture is dry… avoid and this goes for all colours
Date published: 2023-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Paint seperated way too quickly When painting our closet, which took no more than 1 hour per layer, we had to continuously mix the paint (in our roller trays) in order for it to not seperate in darker and lighter colours. This became evident after the first layer. We ended up needing 4(!) layers in order for an ok-isch end result. I’m not an novice painter, so the quality considering the paint’s price dissappointed hugely.
Date published: 2023-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great colour terrible paint. Painted a feature wall with beading/panelling with the estate emulsion. I must have painted it at least 4 times. After wiping off some dust with a clean damp cloth marks were left on the area that was wiped. Was told by a customer service advisor at FB that the paint I used can’t be wiped as it will mark and you’ll have to re coat the whole wall. I was advised that the modern emulsion would have been better. My question is why would you sell a paint that can’t even be slightly wiped down without ruining the finish. Total and utter rip off and the fact they admit that their own paint is of such bad quality that you can’t even wipe it down once is unbelievable.
Date published: 2023-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed-Downpipe Estate Emulation Big fan in general of F&B paint and have always gone for EE in lighter colours with no issues but the Downpipe is horrendous and shows absolutely every marked! Eg accidentally brushed a cushion along the wall and can see exactly where it happened. Stuck with it now but would avoid dark colours in EE in future.
Date published: 2023-02-04

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.