Borrowed Light


A pale and illuminating blue

Evoking the colour of summer skies, Borrowed Light is a wonderfully pale blue named after the delicate light that cascades through small windows and fanlights. It works as well in a room deprived of light as it does in an airy sunroom. This soft and classic tone is perfectly suited to children’s bedrooms, especially when contrasted with Stiffkey Blue on furniture or woodwork. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

Borrowed Light is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 174.
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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 Beautiful depth of Combined All White with Borrowed Light in my sons bedroom. Was very easy to apply and once set the colour was stunning. I love how it looks different in shades of light depending on time of day.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design I bought this paint a month ago having never used Farrow & Ball paint before. I am delighted with the results and colour description was exactly as described. Delivery was excellent too.
Date published: 2021-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful chalky finish Farrow and Ball is my favourite paint for interiors especially in period homes where the chalky finish of the estate emulsion paint is more forgiving of the odd blemish on the walls
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lights up the room... I chose Borrowed Light in the Modern Emulsion to try and lighten up a small, east facing guest bedroom. It also had to cover a deeper, rather lurid colour dating from my teenage daughter’s occupation, as well. It fulfilled both requirements admirably, providing good coverage and a beautiful, tough finish. I’m extremely pleased with the new look of the room and am very happy with my choice of Farrow and Ball as a supplier, it was my first time of dealing with them and I will be back, at some point. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant paint Excellent paint as usual from Farrow & Ball. Easy to use and good coverage.
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unparalleled depth of colour Premium, Definitely paying for quality. It’s not just paint, it’s farrow and ball. Before you order, don’t forget to factor in the shipping and the labour.
Date published: 2020-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality painting and finish Am delighted with how easy this paint is to use, the finish is great. A perfect match to the modern emulsion in the same colour. It’s soft, with depth, yet bright and quite illuminating whist also blending in with whites and greys.
Date published: 2020-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Paint I was very pleased with this colour and quality of the paint as always
Date published: 2020-12-07
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