A soft black with blue undertones

More blue than black, Railings is a softer alternative to black which is particularly suited to the ironwork it takes its name from. When used in Full Gloss on front doors it creates a handsome and commanding entrance, but becomes much more relaxed in feel in our Estate Eggshell finish. The bluer undertones of this dark hue transform rooms into dramatic and enveloping interior spaces. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Ammonite


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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 www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal paint Beautiful paint. True rich colour, easy to work with and chalky matt finish. Fast shipping. F and B paint is worth the extra cost.
Date published: 2022-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shed colour? I would like to paint my shed in a subdued black with a blue tone, would railings be suitable? Many thanks for any feedback fellow F&B enthusiasts.
Date published: 2022-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railings Modern Emulsion We bought Railings in Modern Emulsion for our small, windowless downstairs toilet. Originally we had used a different brand that we thought would suffice. What a mistake, it was absolutely dreadful. Instantly showed every fingerprint or touch mark. Having now painted over with the Railings it is perfect.. Went on like a dream, durable, excellent finish and depth of colour. We even painted the ceiling which actually makes it feel bigger. I should have just gone for Farrow and Ball in the first place!
Date published: 2021-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dramatic and I love it! I wanted a bathroom that was fun to be in and made me smile. I’ve never painted a ceiling black before and the first brush strokes were a leap of faith, but I’m glad I took the plunge. The room faces north so doesn’t get a huge amount of natural light, which makes it all the more dramatic when the lights go on. Colour changing bulbs warm up the blue-back Railings to make it a cosy room. Thanks F&B :)
Date published: 2021-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New kitchen that I love I had visualised my kitchen even before I bought the paint. Decided to go for Railings on the cabinets and two small walls, and Wimborne White on main walls and tile strip. I absolutely love the result
Date published: 2021-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect The one and only
Date published: 2021-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Quality Paint! After trying to color match a less expensive paint, we decided to stick with F&B. Nothing was as rich looking! We started painting the exterior of our home and not only are we in love with how the color came out, using this paint was incredible! Such a great quality exterior paint and we're so happy we decided to go for it! Neighbors are all asking what paint we used and we are happy to refer them to F&B. Love it!!!
Date published: 2021-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent paint as always Bought Railings Estate Eggshell to paint a mantelpiece and windowsill and it’s come out perfectly in 2 coats. I was a bit shocked when I first started painting as it went on very much lighter than the dried paint looks (at first looks blue-grey). As it dries it settles to blue-black and the finish is superb. I have to admit I didn’t prime the mantelpiece or sand very thoroughly but the finish is still fantastic, really happy with the paint.
Date published: 2021-05-24
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