No. 66

India Yellow

Exterior Eggshell

India Yellow is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13.
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Exterior Eggshell

This yellow is famously named after the pigment that was collected from the urine of cows fed on a Ā special diet of mango leaves.

Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting, rich colour to exterior wood and metal. The low sheen finish remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather, while preservatives help prevent the growth of algae and fungi. The resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.

Complementary white: Matchstick

Key features

Low sheen

Low sheen

The soft, low sheen satin finish of our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces. 20% sheen. 

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other.

For exterior wood and metal

For exterior wood and metal

Suitable for exterior wood and metal, our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces with a finish that remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. Added preservatives help to prevent the growth of algae and fungi, and the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years. 

From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project.

Weather resistant and flexible

Weather resistant and flexible

This finish has been carefully designed to be water resistant and stay flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. At the same time, it also offers the highest level of water vapour permeability to allow them to breathe. So, you can transform your exterior with colour that lasts.  

Protected from fungi and algae

Protected from fungi and algae

Our expert chemists have formulated Exterior Eggshell with added protection against fungi and algae, so your outdoor spaces stay looking their best. 

Lasts up to 6 years

Lasts up to 6 years

When applied according to our Product Advice Sheets, the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling and fading for up to six years. So, your exterior stays beautiful, no matter the weather.

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer. 

Toy safe

Toy safe

This finish is independently tested and certified toy-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021). That means you can and a splash of colour to toys, cribs and other surfaces little ones come into contact with. Our paints also have hardly any odour and don’t need any solvents to clean up, so you can breathe easy during application and beyond.

75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Complementary White: StiraboutComplementary White: Stirabout


With the tiny addition of black, this neutral timber colour creates delightfully understated rooms which are warm without feeling creamy. Find out more about Matchstick No.2013

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Mid Tones

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades.

Made with the same natural ingredients and pigments as our topcoats, our Primer & Undercoat is the crucial foundation for creating a rich, even and longer lasting finish.

Colour Schemes

accent Colour Railings
trim Colour Mole's Breath
accent Colour Shaded White
trim Colour Shadow White
accent Colour Tanner's Brown
trim Colour Off-Black

Sample Our Favourite Yellows

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular yellow shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Babouche, Sudbury Yellow and India Yellow.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yellow beauty The most deep mustard yellow so outstanding and amazing, I’ve used it on a hallway wall it really sets of my victorian plant pots ,I’m really delighted with this yellow, it’s a very high quality product just glides on using the farrow and ball brush a pleasure to use and a joy to look at.
Date published: 2024-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class paint Great coverage , lovely rich matt finish, love the colour .
Date published: 2024-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The happiest room in the house. I’ve not used too much yellow in the past but this house just screamed for happy, bright colours. So when we repainted our kitchen this stunning yellow was on the top of my list. Potentially unusual I paired it with my favourite F&B neutral, skimming stone and it came out a treat! As always the paint goes on smoothly and has non of those offensive odours. The finish is amazing and still looks as great today as when we first painted it! Love it!
Date published: 2024-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Warm Yellow We used India Yellow for our mudroom. We love it! The color is an earthy warm yellow. The finish was perfect and being in a high traffic area, has cleaned up well!
Date published: 2023-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous rich colour Lovely colour for our sitting room. It has introduced a warmth and richness which has transformed the ambience of the room. Very pleased.
Date published: 2023-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour Great colour and paint just love this colour. I have use this in many room bedroom hallway and no living room,
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen cabinet reinvention Beautiful colour which we used to make the light bounce off our kitchen cabinets. It’s a flat yellow shade bordering on mustard yellow. The flat finish is now our favourite finish too. Goes on as well as estate emulsion. High quality all round
Date published: 2023-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from India yellow Super colour - beautiful paint goes on like a dream! Can’t wait to paint my house exterior in this colour I love it so much šŸ„°
Date published: 2023-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic finish Paired with Preference Red in a holiday let to create the perfect backdrop to display vintage GWR posters
Date published: 2023-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good service Nice colour, quick delivery. Highly recommend the service
Date published: 2023-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Colour does not work with artificial light I painted my hallway doors in India Yellow and the hallway walls in Schoolhouse white. The hallway does not have windows and only gets natural light when I leave the bedroom doors open. There is no doubt that India Yellow is an absolutely gorgeous colour in daylight HOWEVER it does not work once I turn the lights on at night. It becomes a very unsightly pus-like colour, really ugly and disgusting actually. I tried different lightbulbs from warm 1700 kelvin to daylight 6000 kelvin as well as different lumen strengths. Nothing looks right. Today’s energy saving lightbulbs have a CRI (colour rendering index) of about 80 with 100 being a true representation of a colour. It seems that this colour has not been developed with energy saving lightbulbs in mind as I can not imagine that India Yellow could have passed any aesthetic quality controls. Perhaps Farrow and Ball could write a guide on which colours work well with artificial lights - perhaps even giving an indication what lightbulbs to use - and which ones are better suited for a daytime room. I wasted an hour researching kelvins, lumens and CRI on the internet and then went out to buy a variety of lightbulbs that did not change the pus-look. As other reviewers have mentioned, India Yellow needs more than just two coats. I have been painting four bedroom doors for the last three days giving them up to five coats of paint. A big fan of Farrow and Ball paints, I did not want to stop believing that the colour eventually will look beautiful. It still looks like pus and the colour will need to be changed. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2023-10-27