California Collection: Faded Terracotta


A soft, pale orange

The singular colour of terracotta pots and tiles baked to a pale hue by the California sun. An easygoing shade characterized by softness and warmth.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: California Collection: Salt

California Collection: Faded Terracotta is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 26.
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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.


Our paint colours are 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 Even better than ever Beautiful colour changes with the light. The best colour we've ever painted our bedroom but it would work in any room. Farrow and Ball quality in application and depth of colour as always.
Date published: 2022-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour! I really love the warmth of this colour! I would say it is lighter than I originally expected and is more peachy/nude than terracotta however it is still a gorgeous colour and I’m really happy with it! It also does look different depending how much light is in the room, I have it on another wall which is shadier and does have a darker tone. I would also say that’s it’s a shame there are no sample pots (I like to keep sample pots for the colours I’ve used in case I need to do touch ups) but overall I am pleased!
Date published: 2022-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Soft Muted Orange This color is gorgeous and precisely as described. I almost didn’t buy based on a couple of the reviews stating that it is a bright peach or not a muted pale, which is untrue. I’m so glad I purchased it. It’s beautiful.
Date published: 2022-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Farrow&Ball colour Absolutely adore this colour and get so many compliments for it. It has added so much warmth to the entrance of my house.
Date published: 2022-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour! Sent for the paper swatch first,different to a sample pot but I actually prefer it as you can take it around the room and see how it looks in different lights. Loved the colour so sent for 2 x 5 litre tins to paint our living room and it looks superb! Cosy and warm, it looks lovely in sunlight and with the nights drawing in it will enhance the rustic look of of our old cottage and log burner. Really happy with it,and it went on like a dream.
Date published: 2021-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like the paint swatches ! I really like the paint swatches, but they only seem to be available in the California Collection. It would be great to get swatches instead of sample pots for all the F&B paint ranges, as the sample pots are difficult to dispose of, so not very environmentally friendly.
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous natural colour I absolutely love Faded Terracotta. It’s a warm and natural color. We’ve used it in our bedroom together with Dimity. Matches perfectly!
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Tuscany feel Absolutely love the colour. It gives a warm glow to the room. I used as one feature wall, with the three other walls and ceiling painted in Dimity. The result is just what I wanted and has been much admired.
Date published: 2021-04-01
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