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 195.
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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 Beautiful sky blue I have an attic loft that was converted to a bonus room which unfortunately does not have great lighting. The borrowed light really brightened up the whole loft! I was wanting a sky blue color that would not look too cold or change to a gray. Borrowed light was perfect! No grayness at all, just a pure light blue. It feels so fresh and airy!
Date published: 2022-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unsure at first Borrowed Light looks very pale and muted on the swatch card and when I began painting my daughter’s south-facing bedroom, it looked quite intense. Not what I would consider “pale” or “muted”. I would describe it as a very saturated light blue. This is the first time I’ve used FB paint and it was a completely different painting experience. Perfect coverage, not a single drip, went on easily. I did 2 coats. Now that it’s done and drapes/decor is in, the color is gorgeous. Simple and colorful, in a sophisticated way.
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Absolutely beautiful, I have painted the ceiling and walls and woodwork all the same colour, it’s bright with a cosy feel
Date published: 2022-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this color! Borrowed Light is a beautiful color, especially in a sunny bedroom or kitchen.
Date published: 2022-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh, clean and calm Gorgeous, fresh, feel-good, pale blue. Just perfect for our son's North facing bedroom.
Date published: 2021-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing quality and lovely colour Very impressed with the quality of the paint, the finish is excellent and the depth of colour superb. The room looks great. Although it might seem more expensive than other makes, the end result and ease of use means it is value for money. Would certainly use again.
Date published: 2021-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful restful colour We are so pleased with our newly decorated guest room - borrowed light modern emulsion on the walls, borrowed light modern eggshell on the radiator and all white on the skirting boards & window frame. Easy paint to work with. Good coverage on the wall (2 coats), although the radiator needed 3 coats. We’re so happy with the calm & relaxing feel of this colour. The room is east facing and it looks great with the morning sunshine & in the cooler evening light.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Borrowed Light We have just had a kitchen refit & needed a colour that contrasted well with our units; after trying several F & B samples we bought Borrowed Light & after applying 2 coats the finished effect is exactly what we hoped for
Date published: 2021-03-23
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