No. 31


Railings is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 30.
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A soft black with blue undertones

More blue than black, Railings is a softer alternative to black which is particularly suited to the ironwork it takes its name from. When used in Full Gloss on front doors it creates a handsome and commanding entrance, but becomes much more relaxed in feel in our Estate Eggshell finish. The bluer undertones of this dark hue transform rooms into dramatic and enveloping interior spaces.

Complementary white: Blackened

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. 

Colour Story

Complementary White

Complementary white: BlackenedComplementary white: 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.

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

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

accent Colour Pavilion Gray
trim Colour Manor House Gray
accent Colour Kittiwake
trim Colour Light Blue
accent Colour Blackened
trim Colour Dimpse

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 Railings . Love this with stripped pine doors and brass fittings on the architraves and skirtings and the stairs… looking fabulous.
Date published: 2024-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just perfect! I was recommended Railings for our staircase by Farrow and Ball’s paint consultant and so glad we followed it. It’s a dramatic but warming colour which has enabled our Edwardian staircase to take centre stage. We partnered it with Shaded White in the hallway but it complements our Drop Cloth painted sliding doors too.
Date published: 2024-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this color This color is beautiful. I am so happy with it. My kitchen cabinets look great!
Date published: 2024-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railings, exterior accent color. Always thrilled when I need paint from F&B. A long long time user and Railings is frequently my go to color for exterior accent shutters, benches even flower pots!
Date published: 2024-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Paint Using modern eggshell to paint wardrobe and drawers. It is such a pleasure to use,it practically puts itself on! The colour and finish are perfect.
Date published: 2024-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Railings I used the exterior matte on my front door. I also plan on painting my shutters with this color. Railings is an awesome classic color that runs between navy blue and black. I did have to put on an extra coat in order to get a smooth finish on the door. I did the last coat with a roller which looked much better than when I used a brush all over (my bad). So I recommend a roller for all large flat surfaces particularly when using the matte finish.
Date published: 2023-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous all rounder Excellent finish and especially like the flexibility of using on wood and radiators.
Date published: 2023-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used as accent colour and love the look Used on banister and skirting in the hallway and love the depth of colour and the striking look. Have paired with ammonite on the walls and hardwick white on panels. Highly recommend! Find me on instagram #yasmininteriorhome
Date published: 2023-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Service Railings sample pot purchased , easy ordering and extremely quick delivery
Date published: 2023-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Fabulous experience with dead flat, no brush strokes, dries quickly and resistant to heavy wear and tear
Date published: 2023-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A complex black but not black Usually my go to colour is Off Black but I wanted dark but not quite as dark, and this was perfect. Even with the blue tone, it is warm and sumptuous . Modern emulsion was perfect for our kitchen
Date published: 2023-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railings sash window makeover Love this colour, we've used it on our sash windows and it looks amazing, really lifted the windows. Went on beautifully.
Date published: 2023-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and modern We redid out bedroom and used Great White on the walls but put Railings on the accent wall, behind the bed. The trim is in Railings full gloss. It is stunning. The dark primer is a must to pull off the richness and density of this amazing color. Don't skimp on the prep. We have a south facing bedroom with sunshine all day. The Great White sometimes looks gray, off white with a hint of pink, and soft neutral white. It has so many personalities which is why this paint is worth every penny. It's as if it's a dynamic, living thing in your room. Always changing. It's stunning.
Date published: 2023-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint Love the colour and quality of this paint. Great finish and easy to use.
Date published: 2023-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First experience with Dead flat Great coverage! Was good to use the same paint on three different surfaces!
Date published: 2023-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railings didn’t disappoint I have been drawn to pictures of Railings for years, was I brave enough to embrace the dark side. It turns out my daughter is, we painted panelling, ceiling and skirtings in Dead Flat and I really love it
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour nice Matt surface Nice colour and nice really Matt surface is really nice - paint goes well on both plaster and wood
Date published: 2023-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railings Railings is a strong colour and I have it throughout my house. In this photo it’s is used on door frame but ceiling is downpipe.
Date published: 2023-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Live it Went from light colours to railings. Love the end result
Date published: 2023-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really nice rich blue/black I've been decorating my living room recently and after get some inspiration from the farrow and ball videos on Instagram I decided to paint my wood work in railings. It was a little bit scary to begin with but definitely the right choice, its really pulled the room together. I also painted the radiator, the fireplace and did a boarder around the room on the floorboards in railings. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.
Date published: 2022-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful deep blue When it goes up it reads black but when done you’ll see the darkest blue. Used it for walls in living room and trim in entry. Used far less paint than other brands for same coverage.
Date published: 2022-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More black than blue Would have liked a little more blue in it, came out very black.
Date published: 2024-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Color! Finish Marks Easily. We wanted to try out this brand to see if the reviews only met our expectations vs. a big box brand. Overall the finish is beautiful; there is a noticeable difference in our estate emulsion product vs. others we have used. I'm not sure if it will fade more overtime, but the it was easy to see the lapping effect after 3 coats even though it was rolled as quickly as we could. I definitely recommend spraying it if at all possible. The one note I'm dissappointed with is an area I brushed up against with my pants. That area had a noticeable darker effect from the contact, and then when I tried to remove it, it just made the entire area worse. I'm not sure how to correct it without repainting that section. All in all, I'd try another color again, but need to be careful that it isn't in a room the wall would be in contact with anything like pets or children, otherwise I'd be afraid it would look horrible over time.
Date published: 2023-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dry's different shades The Paint Dry's different shades where the edges are cut in to the rolled areas. Dose not touch up well. Must paint full walls again. which means buying more paint.
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dead Flat is not a matte finish Love the colour, but the dead flat finish is definitely not a matte finish, it is closer to an eggshell. Probably about 10-15% sheen. I’m really disappointed. If I’d known I would have saved the money and gone with a cheaper Benjamin Moore paint.
Date published: 2023-05-24

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

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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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