Scotch Blue


Scotch Blue is from our new Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum to bring the true colours of nature into your home.

A deep, intense blue

This intensely pigmented blue brings a smart look and luxurious atmosphere to any room, especially those designed for entertaining. Particularly eye-catching when combined with Ash Grey woodwork, Scotch Blue creates inviting spaces that you can’t wait to escape to at the end of the day.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Ash Grey

Scotch Blue is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 109.
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Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odour, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They are also certified child- and baby-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


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.


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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Limewash: Danger. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. 

Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

All other finishes: Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous deep blue I painted my front door and garage doors in scotch blue full gloss. I am delighted with the finish - super shiny - and the colour is beautiful (a very deep and intense blue - looks spectacular in sunlight). The gloss paint goes on well and dries quickly. Just a couple of points to note: 1) it did take 3 coats of gloss for full coverage even though I used the F&B dark tones undercoat. 2) don't panic when you open the tin - the gloss looks like royal blue and I thought I had been sent the wrong paint. It still looks like royal blue when you paint it on, but it dries much darker to exactly the deep scotch blue that you are expecting from the tester pot of emulsion.
Date published: 2022-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love i painted my wardrobe doors in this colour and then after much debating did a wall too. i have a small bedroom so was nervous about going dark. it looks brilliant,
Date published: 2022-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and classy I absolutely love this colour - dark blue and velvety. It does have a purple undertone in certain lights, but a very sumptuous, classy one. Gorgeous.
Date published: 2021-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour After trying five sample pots I settled on Scotch Blue to up cycle a sideboard in my hall. The depth of colour is superb. I went fora 40% sheen for durability but I think if I were to do this again I would use a 20% sheen because I think it has a more professional look. It is a lovely paint. It improves with the second coat and on a few areas I had to use three to get an even depth of colour
Date published: 2021-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love the colour Lovely to paint with and looks so classy. Everyone has commented on our new colour scheme. The blue looks nice and dark at night making it very cosy. Goes very well with cream.
Date published: 2021-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour Loved the colour and coverage of the Scottish Blue - lovely deep colour - paint went on well and went a long way - I used it to re paint some drawers and they have come out beautifully
Date published: 2021-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best navy Only noticed scotch blue because F&B had sent me a colour chart with all the natural history colours on. So glad they did. It’s the best navy and matches up well with my navy tiles in the shower room even tho I’m not quite finished!
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour! Perfect colour for what I was after! Thick consistency, dries quickly and leaves a lovely finish. I'd definitely buy again for future projects!
Date published: 2021-04-08
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