No. 66

India Yellow

India Yellow is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
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A strong and moody yellow

This deep mustard yellow is famously named after the pigment collected from the urine of cows fed on a special diet of mango leaves! It creates a really cosy and surprisingly un-yellow space when contrasted with a dark tone like Tanner's Brown. It should, however, be used in moderation in small rooms where its moody intensity may be a little overwhelming.

Complementary white: Matchstick

Key features

The finest ingredients

The finest ingredients

We’re dedicated to perfecting the art of paint. At our home in Dorset, we combine the finest ingredients, 75 years of experience and technical precision to help you create beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. Even in our colour rich paints, less than 8% of the tin is the colour. The other 92% is what creates the quality, depth and extraordinary response to light that transforms your home. 
Paint is like coffee. The colour is the froth on the top, but it’s the quality of the rest of the cup that makes it taste good. 
– Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball Co-founder 

We use twelve exclusive pigments, all specifically selected for their colour intensity. We take colour seriously, so naturally, we only accept the very best. By using these same pigments to make every colour in our palette, all our shades combine effortlessly, making it easy for you to put together a cohesive colour scheme. 

Deeper, richer colours

Deeper, richer colours

Packed with pigment for an extraordinary response to every kind of light.

We add generous helpings of rich pigment to create our signature look – deep colours with complex undertones. The same space that feels bright and airy in morning sun, can feel cosy and intimate by evening. Our teams design each shade under every kind of light, so it will be perfectly balanced in every setting.

Extraordinary response to light

Extraordinary response to light

We spend months carefully crafting and testing each of our paint colours to make sure they share our signature extraordinary response to light. This beautiful reaction to changing light, like bringing out different undertones or shifting intensity, is what makes our paint so special.

Interior and exterior finishes

Interior and exterior finishes

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).

We even have multi-surface finishes like Dead Flat and Full Gloss, so you can tackle walls, woodwork and metal at the same time. 

Our comprehensive range is comprised of paint finishes that not only look beautiful, but offer different practical benefits. Designed for a variety of different surfaces, each finish is compatible with our high-performance Primers & Undercoats to ensure exceptional coverage, adhesion and depth of colour. 

Complementary White

Complementary White: StiraboutComplementary White: Stirabout


With the tiny addition of black, this neutral timber colour creates delightfully understated rooms which are warm without feeling creamy. Find out more about Matchstick No.2013

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.

Find your perfect finish:

Available in new
Dead Flat


Walls, woodwork
& metal

Kitchen walls & ceilings

Bathroom walls
& ceilings




Front doors
& woodwork


Exterior walls

Traditional plasterwork

Intricate mouldings

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

accent Colour Railings
trim Colour Mole's Breath
accent Colour Shaded White
trim Colour Shadow White
accent Colour Tanner's Brown
trim Colour Off-Black

Sample Our Favourite Yellows

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 yellow shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Babouche, Sudbury Yellow and India Yellow.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Farrow and Ball's India Yellow I love India Yellow, it is one of my favorite colors of Farrow and Ball.
Date published: 2024-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love India Yellow! I’m so happy with my new kitchen and couldn’t be more pleased with my cabinet color choice—India Yellow. It’s so cheerful and happy. It also blends beautifully with Matchstick and Sloe Blue on the walls and my table in Bancha and my old Regulator clock in Hague Blue. Love them all!
Date published: 2024-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yellow beauty The most deep mustard yellow so outstanding and amazing, I’ve used it on a hallway wall it really sets of my victorian plant pots ,I’m really delighted with this yellow, it’s a very high quality product just glides on using the farrow and ball brush a pleasure to use and a joy to look at.
Date published: 2024-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class paint Great coverage , lovely rich matt finish, love the colour .
Date published: 2024-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The happiest room in the house. I’ve not used too much yellow in the past but this house just screamed for happy, bright colours. So when we repainted our kitchen this stunning yellow was on the top of my list. Potentially unusual I paired it with my favourite F&B neutral, skimming stone and it came out a treat! As always the paint goes on smoothly and has non of those offensive odours. The finish is amazing and still looks as great today as when we first painted it! Love it!
Date published: 2024-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Warm Yellow We used India Yellow for our mudroom. We love it! The color is an earthy warm yellow. The finish was perfect and being in a high traffic area, has cleaned up well!
Date published: 2023-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous rich colour Lovely colour for our sitting room. It has introduced a warmth and richness which has transformed the ambience of the room. Very pleased.
Date published: 2023-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour Great colour and paint just love this colour. I have use this in many room bedroom hallway and no living room,
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen cabinet reinvention Beautiful colour which we used to make the light bounce off our kitchen cabinets. It’s a flat yellow shade bordering on mustard yellow. The flat finish is now our favourite finish too. Goes on as well as estate emulsion. High quality all round
Date published: 2023-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from India yellow Super colour - beautiful paint goes on like a dream! Can’t wait to paint my house exterior in this colour I love it so much 🥰
Date published: 2023-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic finish Paired with Preference Red in a holiday let to create the perfect backdrop to display vintage GWR posters
Date published: 2023-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good service Nice colour, quick delivery. Highly recommend the service
Date published: 2023-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Colour does not work with artificial light I painted my hallway doors in India Yellow and the hallway walls in Schoolhouse white. The hallway does not have windows and only gets natural light when I leave the bedroom doors open. There is no doubt that India Yellow is an absolutely gorgeous colour in daylight HOWEVER it does not work once I turn the lights on at night. It becomes a very unsightly pus-like colour, really ugly and disgusting actually. I tried different lightbulbs from warm 1700 kelvin to daylight 6000 kelvin as well as different lumen strengths. Nothing looks right. Today’s energy saving lightbulbs have a CRI (colour rendering index) of about 80 with 100 being a true representation of a colour. It seems that this colour has not been developed with energy saving lightbulbs in mind as I can not imagine that India Yellow could have passed any aesthetic quality controls. Perhaps Farrow and Ball could write a guide on which colours work well with artificial lights - perhaps even giving an indication what lightbulbs to use - and which ones are better suited for a daytime room. I wasted an hour researching kelvins, lumens and CRI on the internet and then went out to buy a variety of lightbulbs that did not change the pus-look. As other reviewers have mentioned, India Yellow needs more than just two coats. I have been painting four bedroom doors for the last three days giving them up to five coats of paint. A big fan of Farrow and Ball paints, I did not want to stop believing that the colour eventually will look beautiful. It still looks like pus and the colour will need to be changed. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2023-10-27