Archive Collection: Straw


A captivating mid-yellow

Taking our inspiration from colourist John Fowler’s ‘straw left out in the rain’, we created Straw as a brighter alternative that still pays homage to the original. More so than the duskier, more delicate Hay, Straw is well-suited to spaces that receive little natural light, adding warmth and depth for an inherently sunny feel.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: New White

Archive Collection: Straw is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
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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 Perfect We chose this color for a main floor bathroom in our cottage with a window onto a screened porch, so there is not tons of light. The color was described to be good for low lit rooms, and we agree. It’s rich and warm, yet with an illuminated glow. Not cheesy “happy yellow”— a bit more serious, and perfect for this old country house with lots of patina.
Date published: 2022-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour to cover I used another company’s paint for the colour BUT I always loathed the finish. I painted the walls in an undercoat to prevent crazing then my decorator used two coats. What a difference. Proud to open the front door now!
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very white and has an attractive 'nice look' great paint, easy to apply, took 4 coats onto an already white wall but the results speak for itself
Date published: 2020-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Estate Emulsion I painted on of my ceilings some 20yrs ago with Straw EState emulsion, Repainted it a week ago ....still looks great! Well done for keeping the colour true! Paul & Jane
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used by ourselves only to be copied by our daughter! No problems at all with the product. Quality paint which we always use. Sad to tell you that fed ex delivery failed to deliver to the door and although tried to contact us by phone left a message claiming to have left a delivery card. Not so. When I eventually picked up the call it necessitated my making a six mile journey ( to sand ford industrial estate) to collect it. There was no offer of a delivery until I had placed the product in my car after which the driver told me he could have delivered it. Don't think so do you he could not deliver it in the first place. Sorry to say I paid a delivery charge and had to collect it myself. Should have gone to a shop!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich mustard yellow. Warm. Looks good as a colour wash for a feel of the med. Dried sample matches the colour card really well.
Date published: 2013-06-03
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