A dusty yellow

A modest yellow named after the dried crop, Hay is both warm and dusty. Less intense and sunny than the cleaner Yellow Ground, it has a distinctly green undertone which gives it an established feel, creating peaceful spaces especially when contrasted with muted Lime White woodwork. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: James White

Hay is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 84.
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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 great classic colour great paint for a period colour , in a period house
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Colour Bought this a couple of weeks ago. So pleased with it and the colour is perfect. So different but rich and warm.
Date published: 2020-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Paint We have redecorated our shower room and took a chance with the colour - but happily it’s perfect. Great quality and a fab finish.
Date published: 2020-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour So very happy that we chose Hay, it’s a lovely colour and looks good with the blue wallpaper we have on one wall, we even painted the ceiling in the same colour.
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I bought the sample as a tester to go in my newly refurbished kitchen, I love it, have used F&B paint for years, it's simply beautiful to use and I love the depth of colour and the subtle shift in colour from almost golden to soft green/yellow depending on the light. Hay is yet another truly beautiful colour, I loved it so much it's gone in my new bathroom too!
Date published: 2020-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time user Bought Hay for a feature wall and I was so pleased with how smooth and easy to use the paint was, that I also bought Dimpse as a contrast. They go so well together on my bedroom walls
Date published: 2020-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really nice paint Trying to get true colour match to on-line colour charts has been a disappointing and expensive; of the 4 manufacturers I have explored Farrow & Ball are by far the most accurate matches. I have not yet purchased the paint but the sample is a lovely finnish and I would recommend this company; I should also mention that I applaud Farrow & Ball's environmental policy.
Date published: 2020-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent paint. We have a period house so Farrow & Ball paint was always going to be the choice for us . Our current choice is the Hay no 37 .As always a lovely colour - it's in our Breakfast Room and Hall .The 5ltr tin recently ordered should cover the Landing area as well . This paint is without doubt a fab colour so I can certainly recommend it.
Date published: 2020-10-30
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