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


Railings is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 356.
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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.


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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love railings - dark! I have used your paints loads - the best on the market.
Date published: 2021-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the paint Fab coverage, second time I've used this paint for my kitchen cupboards, just a freshen up after 2 years
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour! Used it for my upcycling project. Easy to use and dries quickly. It looks beautiful on my "new" cabinet in my living room.
Date published: 2021-04-26
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