Lake Red


Lake Red is from our new Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum to bring the true colours of nature into your home.

An adventurous cool red

This adventurous colour appears red to some and pink to others, but always feels happy and vital. Fantastic in small spaces, Lake Red feels dynamic and energising used across walls, woodwork and ceilings, and works wonderfully inside cupboards.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Red & Warm Tones

Complementary white: Skimmed Milk White

Lake Red is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 35.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 Lake Red I purchased the sample to check the colour and was delighted and then ordered a 5 litre tin The colour lake red is really lovely and is just as described
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lake Red Diningroom I am very happy with the colour. It is a lovely shade of red and warms up my north facing diningroom. I had painted the diningroom red before and loved it. The only reason I was painting the room was to freshen it up and I had tried lots of testers to no avail until I found Lake Red. I actually like it even more than the last red paint I had used. It changes colour slightly throughout the day and depending on the light. I read the reviews describing it as barbie pink but although it has a pinker hue in some lights it is still lovely and not what I would describe as barbie pink which is cheap. This is a more muted shade and even my husband likes it. He is definitely not a pink fan! I had to paint the room white before applying two coats of paint to get good coverage.
Date published: 2020-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lake Red I've painted this on the inside of my front door to add a splash of the unexpected, the rest of the hall is painted in Emerald Green.
Date published: 2020-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour for the new wall artwork! I have been searching for the right colour for my new artwork. This colour is perfect!
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour After buying 4 tester pots in various shades of red Lake Red was perfect for our dark living room. The colour is vibrant but cosy in the evening. The colour changes throughout the day from a pinky red to a darker tone in the evenings. I've never used Farrow and Ball paint before. I used one coat of primer and undercoat the then two top coats of the red. The paint is of very high quality and the finish is outstanding. I would highly recommend F&B.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour We used this on a feature wall to contrast with 17thC beams. So delighted with the results
Date published: 2020-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good service I bought this colour along with several others as we are going to change the colour of our red dining room. Having clear sight of this colour convinced me that a different colour all together will be right
Date published: 2020-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fab quality paint & perfect colour All deliveries were unexpectedly fast. We tried 17 (!) samples for our north-facing rather dark living room. We really wanted a red tone on the walls and ended up choosing Lake Red. In a brightly lit room this colour would have a hint of pink but in our situation the colour is an absolutely fabulous stone red without it turning out too dark. The quality of the paint is outstanding, it covered really nicely. We used 3 coats without a primer on a light coloured wall but could have just about gotten away with just 2 coats. Will definitely purchase F&B paints for future projects.
Date published: 2020-08-19
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