A soft black

This soft black is one of the original Farrow & Ball colours - an uncomplicated name for a well loved classic. Off-Black is much more flattering to adjacent colours than stronger blacks because it feels so much milder in tone and has less of the underlying cool blue of Railings or Black Blue. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Blackened

Off-Black is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 247.
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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 Amazing colour and finish Absolutely love this colour. I updated my dark stained dining room fireplace, dated oak sideboard and the door using the Estate eggshell. The paint goes on effortlessly and has a great finish. I did have to leave the sideboard for a few weeks to cure before placing anything on it but the fire surround cured within a few days. The wall was painted with modern emulsion to match.
Date published: 2022-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be bold and do it I always found it challenge to work from home, so decided to make a super dark, sophisticated space that felt entirely different to the rest of the house. This F&B paint just screams elegance and we've always received compliments. The only slight gripe I have with it is that it marks fairly easily, but that's to be expected with a slightly chalk finish; I wouldn't recommend putting it in areas that receive lots of foot traffic, e.g. a hallway, but certainly any sort of office or bedroom.
Date published: 2022-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage and colour This is such a beautiful colour and made such a difference to an otherwise fairly uninspiring space!
Date published: 2022-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Purchased this for a studio, but having painted the room (both walls and ceiling!), I could see this colour working beautifully in a range of spaces. It really is very chic and calming. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something a bit different but still neutral
Date published: 2022-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour offblack This colour is wonderful, not totally black, more like charcoal, and the aspect is juct perfect
Date published: 2022-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour I wanted a bold new look for the bedroom and had decided on panelled wallpaper. But wanted one wall to be painted. ‘Off-black’ worked perfectly and went on beautifully
Date published: 2022-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love the colour and finish Built a new Tv unit and decided on the Off black paint for it, I must say I’m so pleased with it, so pleased we actually decided then to paint our handrail and banister the same colour and again it looks amazing!
Date published: 2022-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic colour in our lounge Went on with ease to fresh plaster ,couldn’t be happier
Date published: 2021-12-04
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