Archive Collection: Olive


A rich, earthy green

Olive is a very earthy green originally used in panelled rooms. It’s best suited to darker spaces, where the richness of this colour really comes into its own. For this reason, it looks most at home when paired with a traditional neutral such as Off-White or Old White.

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:

Olive & Poppy Meadowfield, Pewter Blue

All Liberty Interiors Fabrics from our edit, including Poppy Meadowfield, Pewter Blue, 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: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Lime White

Archive Collection: Olive is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 32.
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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 Colour spot on and paint great to work with Estate Emulsion Olive on walls (embossed paper) and Estate Eggshell Off-White (No 3) on skirting and doors
Date published: 2021-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich with elegance I had rectory red as a feature wall in my kitchen. Felt like a change would do me good! Yes it has. Beautiful luxury feeling of olive. As good as ever F&B
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Regular customer quick efficient on line ordering....super product, great range of colours
Date published: 2021-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A natural and homely green I bought this a week ago to paint a wooden kitchen floor and a beech chair. The match is perfect with the product I purchased a few years ago to paint stone steps and a beech chair.
Date published: 2020-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I simply love this colour. So happy with my choice.
Date published: 2020-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Had been very undecided about which colour I wanted but very happy that I chose olive. Love it!
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B Fab as always We recently changed our kitchen from Vert de Terre to Olive and have been so happy with the results. With all our light coloured units the darker tone works so well. Olive looks great with House White. We’ve been buying F&B for years and wouldn’t bother with any other brand. Beautiful colours.
Date published: 2020-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour! Beautiful classic green. I painted my kitchen door and I am absolutely thrilled about the result. It needed an undercoat and four layers of green to really cover the wood.
Date published: 2020-06-07
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