Archive Collection: Black Blue


A sophisticated black-blue

Black Blue takes its name from the two essential pigments that make up its rich colour. This deep shade appears much bluer when seen in large areas, especially when used in Full Gloss. When painted on small areas, or contrasted with a bright white, it will appear almost black in colour. Wherever it’s used, this saturated tone feels incredibly sophisticated.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Ammonite

Archive Collection: Black Blue is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 76.
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Back in 2010, we moved our entire range to an eco-friendly water base that’s low odour, low VOC and child-safe, becoming the first in the industry to do so. Easy to clean without harmful solvents, in tins that can be recycled again and again, our paints help to reduce the environmental impact of redecorating your home.


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 Like velvet I bought this to paint some walls in our bedroom- it looks so rich and classy . The quality is excellent- it does not 2 coats but the application was great . This is beautiful paint . The 2nd time to use this particular colour for a bedroom and it hasn’t disappointed. Quick delivery. It’s expensive mind !
Date published: 2021-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Color Love the gloss but thought it would be more of a black blue. It is a more of a black/teal. It’s still beautiful and I love it!
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best paint ever!! I started using farrow and ball at the beginning of lockdown, I will never use another paint make again . It’s so reliable and easy to use it glides on so smoothly. The last tin I bought was wall emulsion, off black straight on white I only needed one coat. the KING OF PAINT THANK YOU SO SO MUCH !!!
Date published: 2020-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and warming We chose Black Blue for skirtings, architraves and kitchen island cabinets for its almost black tone with green/blue undertones. It goes with our wallpaper lovely.
Date published: 2020-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet sophistication Second purchase of a tin of this - used on my front door and railings. I think it adds a degree of sophistication without the shininess of gloss paint.
Date published: 2020-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I am so happy with the colour of my front door
Date published: 2020-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Very impressed with this Paint. Can clearly see the colour in different light time of day, Black and more Blue in Full sun. customer loved the colour.
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful colour and finish We used the Black Blue tone in an exterior eggshell for the outside of our boutique. We wanted an ultra-dark blue, and this tone was perfect. Easy to work with and a quick drying time. A perfect light sheen for a sophisticated finish.
Date published: 2020-09-03
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