Paean Black


A chic red based black

This Georgian inspired red based black creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes, while adding a distinguished look to traditional exteriors. The perfect accent for all our reds and completing our range of blacks, Paean Black conjures up the shade of old leather hymnals and so is named after a song of praise.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Joa's White


Paean Black is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 33.
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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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This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colour for all interiors I used this colour for a small feature wall to balance the light colour of the room and tie the colour scheme together with the curtains. A dense colour that can look very modern and fresh
Date published: 2020-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen revamp Rather than replace the whole kitchen we decided to paint the cupboards and just change the worktops and sink. This colour (Paean Black) is a really dark , almost black colour with a distinct hint of purple actually. It paints wonderfully and gives great coverage, obviously good quality. When you put the first coat on it looks really purple so hold your nerve as it dries much darker (almost black). We popped on a coat over the top of Matt varnish and hey presto. In terms of price , this was almost twice the amount than a certain on line shop at a cheaper price so definitely buy direct. Really happy with the paint .
Date published: 2020-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to paint ceiling, reddish/purple undertones We expertimented and used this to paint our hallway. The paint has a slight red / purple undertone depending on the light and time of day. We included a 1 inch lip of Paean black instead of cornices to suit the more modern style of the house and create more of an impression of a lid. The colour choice didn't leave the ceiling feeling lower.
Date published: 2020-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich color! I used the paint for my fire place, and it exceeded expectations. At first the paint goes on looking purple, and then it dries into the most velvety black with incredible depth of color.
Date published: 2020-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful deep colour I bought the Paean black and it’s absolutely beautiful is so rich without being black. It’s my favourite colour. It went on lovely
Date published: 2020-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely rich colour I bought this a month ago to paint kitchen cabinets - paired with calamine on the walls. It’s a bit scary going on as it’s VERY purple on the first coat, but deepens to a very blacky-purple. It’s important to say that it’s blacky-purple and not purpled-black!
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting shade Bought during lockdown to paint an old display cabinet from a dept store.
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fabulous! This paint is a delight to use it goes on so easily. The colour is really unusual and lavish. I used it in our bathroom and a month later there are still no water marks - amazing.
Date published: 2020-06-13
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