Archive Collection: Hound Lemon


A cool lemon yellow

Originally chosen by colourist John Fowler, Hound Lemon is a mysterious name for this delicate shade. With cooler undertones than many of our yellows, it feels especially fresh used in a garden-facing room, where it mimics the tones of nature outside.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: House White

Archive Collection: Hound Lemon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
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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 Beautiful, smooth colour with great coverage I bought this to update my kitchen and it has really refreshed what was a tired space. The colour has real depth whilst the flat finish means that the imperfections in my very elderly walls are unnoticeable. I absolutely love F&B paint - the cupboards are Folly Green which is now archived but still available
Date published: 2021-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful pigments give great colour I have repainted a boring room in hound dog lemon and another in elephants breath &one skimming stone grey. Tbw tones are so wonderful and they moderate for bright light, dusk, and night light. The reason I live F&B is the pigments in the paint giving great depth and colour. It also goes on so well. Wonderful quality.
Date published: 2020-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemony The paint transform my cupboard. Very please with product
Date published: 2020-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart bathroom I’m delighted with my new look bathroom; this shade suits it very well.... clean, fresh and super-smart.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in my hall! Another hall another success with hound lemon. This is the third time I’ve used this colour in a hall and it looks lovely. It’s easy to use and gives good coverage. Two coats are needed to get an even finish.
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm and Cheerful This is a gentle, pale lemon and has been used in a bedroom against white furnishings. Lovely!
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning although originally looking for something a little more 'buttery' we chose this colour to brighten our dull Edwardian lounge. it has challenges given it has dual aspect of slightly east of N and slightly north of W so is pretty dark in the winter months but gets lovely afternoon sun in the summer. hound lemon works a treat as there are no green tones taking over and has brought the room to life in even the dreariest days. worked perfectly with slipper satin on a fourth wall.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As always never disappointed The colours are always as I expected, this time I used hound lemon for two walls in the lounge, the yellow tones are fashionable again which I can see why, to me it's the depth of tone that I have to expect from farrow & ball.
Date published: 2015-10-16
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