No. 308

Wine Dark

Wine Dark is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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A rich, dark blue

Inspired by midnight skies, this spiritual colour is named after the term Homer used to describe the sea. Our richest blue, it’s the perfect addition to our strong blue family, being more sophisticated than Stiffkey Blue and more upbeat than Hague Blue. In low-light, Wine Dark becomes even richer, making it particularly glamorous in candlelight and perfect for creating intimate spaces.

Complementary white: Ammonite

Key features

The finest ingredients

The finest ingredients

We’re dedicated to perfecting the art of paint. At our home in Dorset, we combine the finest ingredients, 75 years of experience and technical precision to help you create beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. Even in our colour rich paints, less than 8% of the tin is the colour. The other 92% is what creates the quality, depth and extraordinary response to light that transforms your home. 
Paint is like coffee. The colour is the froth on the top, but it’s the quality of the rest of the cup that makes it taste good. 
– Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball Co-founder 

We use twelve exclusive pigments, all specifically selected for their colour intensity. We take colour seriously, so naturally, we only accept the very best. By using these same pigments to make every colour in our palette, all our shades combine effortlessly, making it easy for you to put together a cohesive colour scheme. 

Deeper, richer colours

Deeper, richer colours

Packed with pigment for an extraordinary response to every kind of light.

We add generous helpings of rich pigment to create our signature look – deep colours with complex undertones. The same space that feels bright and airy in morning sun, can feel cosy and intimate by evening. Our teams design each shade under every kind of light, so it will be perfectly balanced in every setting.

Extraordinary response to light

Extraordinary response to light

We spend months carefully crafting and testing each of our paint colours to make sure they share our signature extraordinary response to light. This beautiful reaction to changing light, like bringing out different undertones or shifting intensity, is what makes our paint so special.

Interior and exterior finishes

Interior and exterior finishes

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).

We even have multi-surface finishes like Dead Flat® and Full Gloss, so you can tackle walls, woodwork and metal at the same time. 

Our comprehensive range is comprised of paint finishes that not only look beautiful, but offer different practical benefits. Designed for a variety of different surfaces, each finish is compatible with our high-performance Primers & Undercoats to ensure exceptional coverage, adhesion and depth of colour. 

Colour Story

Complementary White

Complementary white: AmmoniteComplementary white: Ammonite


Neither too warm nor too cool, Ammonite's subtle grey tone create a hushed and calming feel in homes both old and new.
Find out more about Ammonite No.274 .

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.

Find your perfect finish:

Available in new
Dead Flat


Walls, woodwork
& metal

Kitchen walls & ceilings

Bathroom walls
& ceilings




Front doors
& woodwork


Exterior walls

Traditional plasterwork

Intricate mouldings

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Dark Tones

When it comes to using dark colours, the deeper the better. So, for an irresistibly inviting finished look, pair darker shades with our Dark Tones Primer & Undercoat. Based on the colour of Down Pipe, combining this primer with your topcoat creates an unrivalled richness and makes quite the statement.

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 Lulworth Blue
accent Colour Cornforth White
trim Colour Worsted

Sample Our Favourite Blues

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 blue shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Inchyra Blue, Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue.

Need Some Advice?

Our expert Colour Consultants are ready and waiting to help bring your style to life. If you’d like personalised advice on how to use our paint and papers in your home, book an in-home or virtual appointment today.

View All Blue Paint Colours

When it comes to creating colour schemes, blue paint is one of the most versatile options around. In some spaces it evokes calm and serenity, while in others it’s cosy and dramatic.

Blue Paint Colours

Discover Blue Paint Schemes

Find inspiration for your project and view beautiful images of blue paint schemes in real homes.

Blue Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the color I’ve been searching for! We purchased this several months ago - we updated the paint colors in our kitchen/laundry. Amazing color! We used it on the wood trim and doors. Great coverage and sheen!
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Tone to this paint Used for fireplace wall in our old Mill House and it sets period fireplace off beautifully. Loads of people have commented on the paint and the richness and depth this has. Absolutely love this.
Date published: 2023-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wine Dark in dead flat is dead amazing - Love the new dead flat! I use my home office to create a lot of video, and this colour and finish are perfect for achieving warm skin tones and a nice, even background.
Date published: 2023-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the purple undertone I painted a small bathroom in Elephant's Breath with trim in Skimming Stone. However, the Skimming Stone on the baseboard looked really at odds with my green-gray floor tile -- the undertones were just different enough to make your eye twitch. I immediately went to the F&B store to get something to separate the two colors and ended up with Wine Dark. Absolutely love how it picks up the purple undertone in Elephant's Breath and the bonus was that it harmonizes beautifully with the green-blue shower tile too. Rich indigo with a distinctly purple undertone that goes well with the violet-grays.
Date published: 2023-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Paint, Delicious Shade As ever a joy to apply, no significant odour and good coverage. I applied to a previously white bathroom using dark tone’s undercoat then 2 coats largely roller applied and this was perfect. It doesn’t splatter or run and washes out from brushes and rollers with great easy and no more chemicals than washing up liquid. It’s a classic deep blue shade but did conjure a vision of a glass of Merlot throughout application πŸ˜€. Our property is a modern built CoE Rectory in atrocious condition of poor quality modern materials. If it can transform a room here to tolerable imagine it in a reasonable quality home.
Date published: 2023-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Fantastic colour this Wine Dark. Goes on really easy with decent spread (or coverage)
Date published: 2023-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected love of the deep blue Real depth and intensity of colour - feels really cosy yet light at the same time
Date published: 2023-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Color Beautiful color I will use it for one wall in my bedroom
Date published: 2023-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous color A rich and sophisticated blue! It is the perfect color for a guest bedroom.
Date published: 2023-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moody blues Beautiful colour which looks bright and light in daylight and moody and dark at night. A sort of midnight blue
Date published: 2023-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint Beautiful paint. An amazing finish and easy to use. The end result is exactly what I was looking for. The colour is fantastic and has transformed my bedroom. Excellent service and prompt delivery.
Date published: 2023-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Wine Dark After lots of deliberation we chose this new blue and so glad we waited for Wine Dark to come along. It’s a wonderful rich blue that looks a purple blue in some lights, grey blue at other times or the beautiful blue it is.
Date published: 2023-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vibrant color Stunning dark blue. Really works well with ammonite
Date published: 2022-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour We decided to paint our study in a dark blue colour. It was going to be Hague Blue but then I saw Wine Dark. So glad I chose this colour - it’s stunning. We used Wevet on the ceiling and Ammonite on the skirting boards/trims.
Date published: 2022-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very warm and excellent finish The colour is very warm and the finish excellent although it took three coats to cover and the texture seemed slightly “oily” when applying unlike the contrasting colour we bought in same paint which covered in two coats. I would recommend this colour for feature wall.
Date published: 2023-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dead flat Wine dark Colour great, appalling coverage used F&B for 25yr
Date published: 2023-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lighter colour than expected Colour is much lighter than the promotion suggests. Tested in different rooms and lighting conditions.
Date published: 2023-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed with the colour We bought this for our front door. Looking for a dark blue like the advertised pictures. It has gone on in purple! Not what we wanted at all. However, good quality paint.
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First and last time with Dead Flat paint We are renovating our early Victorian house and currently painting our large lounge with Pointing on the ceiling, cornice, skirting, shutters and windows and Wine Dark from cornice to skirting including picture rail. The room has been newly plastered and has had its required misting coat. We decided to use Dead Flat so that we could use the same paint on the picture rail. Our experience is very disappointing. The paint doesn’t easily spread so doesn’t go far. It’s still patchy after 2 coats so had to order another 2.5l. We have used another brand of dark coloured premium paint in our bedroom (same size as lounge) and this needed just 2 coats and used around 3.5l of paint. This has been an expensive mistake in time and money. We won’t be in a hurry to use Farrow & Ball again. The 2 stars are for the colour which is beautiful but not worth the cost and hassle factor.
Date published: 2023-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not quality I expected Peeled off wooden draws, paint very diluted and streaky.
Date published: 2023-07-04