Archive Collection: Drawing Room Blue


A clean blue hue

This rich blue is less purple than Pitch Blue and livelier than navy Stiffkey Blue. Inspired by the formal rooms to which ladies would traditionally retire after dinner, Drawing Room Blue has a clean, graphic feel that works particularly well alongside Pitch Black and Incarnadine. When contrasted with All White on woodwork, it gains a regal edge, looking deeper and more intense.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Blackened

Archive Collection: Drawing Room Blue is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 60.
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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 Stunning! Such a stunning colour blues are often cold colours! This is so stunning i am going to follow the theme through my house ! I can not stop looking at it!
Date published: 2020-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern eggshell Drawing Room Blue I wanted a tough deep blue for my stair case as it’s a high traffic in our home. The current Farrow and Ball shades were just too dark so I chose Drawing Room Blue paired with Dimpse on the walls. This paint goes on very well, so smooth and rich in hue I still have 1/2 tin from 750ml and have painted the skirting boards in the kitchen and downstairs bathroom. Recommend using a dark tones undercoat it’s worth it. The surface finish is smooth to touch with a slight sheen. The property is a west country cottage with a history some of the woodwork has indentations but this colour and finish has masked most of these imperfections and needless to say I am delighted with the outcome. Oh and finally, leaning the paint brush was a breeze.
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted Been using f&b over 10 years and cannot fault it its simply stunning paint. Just painted new bathroom this colour with All White and its just simply classy..
Date published: 2020-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour Got this paint to upcycled a chair, it's a lovely rich colour and will look great with the material I've got.
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Matches perfectly Bought the paint to match the cabinet s, so pleased with the out come.
Date published: 2020-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning colour! I love farrow and ball, it’s my go to brand for paints anyway. This colour blue is gorgeous, has such depth even with only 2 coats. Looks lovely with white and silver room accessories. My partner loved it so much he was inspired to paint an accent wall in his office this colour too. Delighted.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best blue i love it! i love how colour turn by the daylight and night light ,it is peffect reading room
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely deep blue I bought this back in June, having tested 5 other shades (from various other paint brands) and none of them feeling right! I made a snap decision to order 5L of the estate emulsion for my lounge’s feature wall and I am so happy I did! It’s such a great colour, exactly what I wanted. I’d say it can come off quite easily with a wet towel, so recommend using the other/modern emulsions for a harder-wearing finish if the wall is going to see a lot of touching! Overall I absolutely love the colour. It’s exactly what I wanted.
Date published: 2019-08-19
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