No. 288

Vardo

Vardo is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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A rich teal

This rich teal takes its name from highly decorated traditional horse drawn Romany wagons. Often used in the intricate patterning of these beautifully painted homes, Vardo is so full of life and joy it seemed natural to name it after something renowned for its flamboyant colour. This bright colour works particularly well with reds or dark greys.

Complementary white: Ammonite

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: AmmoniteComplementary white: Ammonite

Ammonite

Neither too warm nor too cool, Ammonite's subtle grey tone create a hushed and calming feel in homes both old and new.
Find out more about Ammonite No.274 .

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

Ceilings

Interior
woodwork

Interior
flooring

Front doors
& woodwork

Exterior
metals

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

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accent Colour Pale Powder
No.204
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trim Colour Cornforth White
No.228
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accent Colour Ammonite
No.274
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trim Colour Strong White
No.2001
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accent Colour Mole's Breath
No.276
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trim Colour Worsted
No.284

Sample Our Favourite Blues

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 blue shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Inchyra Blue, Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fab Fantastic colour. I bought a sample tin for my daughter’s bedroom which she liked, so she bought a bigger tin in the modern emulsion. She’s using gold & orange colours in her picture frames & posters which really makes a statement. She was expecting more of a blue colour but it’s north facing so looks greener, but she absolutely loves it. It’s turned a cold bedroom in to a lovely cosy room.
Date published: 2023-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun & Bold One colour chart, one sample pot, one coat of F&B dark primer and two coats of F&B Vardo No. 288, result! We are delighted with the fun and bold transformation from just a white wall to a quality smooth finish with estate emulsion.
Date published: 2023-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen walls come to like with this paint Vardo estate emulsion,Once again truly amazing paint colour.
Date published: 2023-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning colours We decided to embrace some strong colours in our hall stairs and landing. Absolutely love Vardo and the wallpaper complimentary colours Inchrya blue and railings were used on the woodwork
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this colour it’s so rich and vibrant Fabulous colour it looks great it’s transformed my room
Date published: 2023-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super I used Vardo on my front door and it was a joy to use. My neighbours love it too!
Date published: 2023-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All round excellent Love the paint, easy to apply and the colour is great.
Date published: 2023-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Color I got a sample on a whim because I just loved the color. I wound up using this as an accent/feature wall in my newly built home. The room has a ton of light and the wall changes color throughout the day from a teal to almost a dark green. I love it
Date published: 2023-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Colour Had this done in my kitchen as a feature wall and I love it
Date published: 2023-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Teal I love painting with F & B colours. Never been disappointed yet and Vardo continues my love affair. Rich and deep teal colour which only really required one coat over grey. It’s the pigments in the paint that give the depth. You won’t find anything nearly as good if you opt for cheaper brands.
Date published: 2022-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning!! I bought this to do a feature wall in my lounge with, using Salt from the California collection as the other colour. It’s absolutely stunning, bold, warm, friendly. Exactly what I wanted from the paint. Would highly recommend to anyone the combination of the two. It has worked so well!!
Date published: 2022-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich deep Turquoise/Green colour. Goes on well but you will need two coats, and make sure it is thoroughly mixed otherwise you will see light and dark streaks. Great as a feature wall. We paired it with Cabbage White and it looks really good.
Date published: 2023-11-21

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.