Down Pipe


A dramatic lead grey

Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones to it which deepen the complexity of the finish. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering, it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal! This daringly dark hue is fabulous as a background to art, and extremely effective for use in halls to create a deeply dramatic entrance to the home. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimpse

Down Pipe is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 386.
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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-odor, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They also meet child- and baby-safe requirements in accordance with The Canada Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, Canada Toy Regulations (SOR/2011-17) – Section 23 and ASTM F963 – 17 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.


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.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Down Pipe! We painted our walls behind our cabinets in down pipe as I felt I needed a contrast with the light floor. Love how it ties in well with the table and the dark grey grouting of the tiles!
Date published: 2022-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brought my neutral lounge to life I wanted a neutral and warm lounge. After living with it for acetal months, I found myself thinking it needs some contrast and boldness. It has certainly ticked all the boxes, strong, a gorgeous colour and amazing paint to paint with. I’ll always use F&B. Paint like no other
Date published: 2022-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour We opted for down pipe to create a bit of drama in our bathroom and I LOVE it. The colour changes so much in the light that sometimes it looks green, blue or grey. This was my first time using farrow and ball and I was not disappointed. The modern emulsion is so smooth and beautiful !
Date published: 2021-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Bought the Dow pipe colour to contrast with the mizzle green. Looks lovely, very pleased with it
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour for our lounge We had already fallen in love with Downpipe but after purchasing the sample pot, we knew it was the right colour for our lounge. We have had a new floor laid too, so wanted impact! And we couldn’t be happier. Love how the colour looks different in different lights.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour and flatness! Decided to be bold and used down pipe on the bathroom walls with a combination of cornforth white on the woodwork! Fabulous result
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for exterior woodwork Conservatory painted in down pipe worked wonderfully, it makes the woodwork almost recede into the background, letting the colours of the garden come into focus, I used Manor House grey before but I think downpipe is better in this case.
Date published: 2021-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning staircase Down Pipe Estate Eggshell No.26 has transformed my staircase and given it a real stylish look. As it's water based , everything is so easy too.
Date published: 2021-05-02
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