Archive Collection: Archive


A classic taupe

Named to reflect our traditionally rooted history, Archive is a stronger, warmer version of Joa’s White. Perceived by many as a classic taupe, it has a slightly cleaner feel than Oxford Stone and creates a rich glow in any room. This colour works particularly well in dimly lit rooms if you want to create a cosy environment, but can be surprisingly orange in brighter spaces.

As featured in a new edit of colours exclusively curated by Liberty. Discover richly pigmented Farrow & Ball colours and Liberty Interiors Fabrics in timeless combinations of colour and print, including:

Archive & Marquess Garden, Lichen Rose

All Liberty Interiors Fabrics from our edit, including Marquess Garden, Lichen Rose, can be purchased directly from Liberty. All Farrow & Ball Curated by Liberty paint colours are part of our Archive collection, which may be made to order. Therefore these products, including our limited-edition sample pots, are non-returnable.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Dimity

Archive Collection: Archive is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 56.
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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 Samples The F&B website makes it easy to order samples so you get a chance to see the colour working at home.
Date published: 2022-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gentle, welcoming colour We used this in the bedroom (hence estate emulsion as we didn't feel we needed the robustness of modern emulsion), and love it. A gentle, totally inoffensive colour but one which still makes a very civilised, welcoming statement. Warm, and embracing. The sort of colour which would go anywhere. In our bedroom the ceiling and cornice, fireplace, and wardrobes are in Pointing - but the terracotta andgreen tweed plaid curtains also go well, along with the terracotta bed-throw. But it is, indeed, a most versatile colour.
Date published: 2022-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archive, a warm neutral beige w/red undertones Archive is the paint color I've been searching for! My kitchen cabinets are a light silvery gray with definite reddish undertones that don't go with yellow, green, purple or overtly orange neutral paint colors. Archive is not as yellow as Joa's White, not as pinky/purple as Smoked Trout, warm but muted enough and colorful enough to not wash out in bright sunlight. It's just right! I'm so glad I was able to order a sample pot as this archived color is part of the Liberty edit. I wish sample pots or at least a color card were available for all the archived colors, a collection which contains some true gems! Here in the U.S., people are moving away from the all-gray look and seeking more warm neutrals in the beige/tan/taupe color range. Archive fits right in with this look.
Date published: 2021-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous warm colour Working from home from a newly painted kitchen. Delighted with colour
Date published: 2020-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour and paint I know F&B is not the cheapest, but the quality and pigments make it extremely competitive in the end. The paint goes on smoothly and evenly, and the pigments in the paint allow the colour to mould to the room and change slightly through the differing light in every day. It’s a lovely, warm and comforting colour and has great depth. I live it, and the modern emulsion is so much easier to maintain with a family around.
Date published: 2020-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archive Paint I already have this colour and bought to Bought this paint to cover marks made overtime. Very pleased how it blends in with original paint as walls painted some years ago. Love Farrow and Ball colours Very good quality paint
Date published: 2020-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Service Farrow & Ball provided an excellent service. The website was easy to use giving an immediate response once the order was placed. The paint arrived well packed in good time. Highly recommend them. One of the tins ordered was a discontinued product so a fantastic turn arround.
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Able to find my paint from 6 years ago I bought this paint originally 6 years ago and needed to touch up in a large room. I didn't really want to re-paint the whole room again as I am still in love with the colour. F&B were able to identify the paint I purchased all that time ago - so thrilled
Date published: 2020-08-03
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