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Stirabout is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
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An earthy neutral

Stirabout is inspired by the nurturing porridge favoured over many centuries in Ireland. An earthy tone with just a hint of underlying grey, it’s perfect for creating a relaxed feel, which will never be too cold. Try pairing it with Jitney and natural fabrics for a laidback look.

Complementary white: Pointing

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: PointingComplementary white: Pointing


One of our Red Based Neutrals, Pointing has a warm undertone to it which creates the prettiest of spaces and always softens the feel of a room. Find out more about Pointing No.2003

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

White & Light Tones

Our White & Light Tones Primer & Undercoat creates a wonderful base for our softest shades. Covering imperfections on your surface and adding extra depth of colour, this primer is based on our simplest colour, All White.

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 Joa's White
trim Colour London Stone
accent Colour Jitney
trim Colour Dimity
accent Colour Pointing
trim Colour Wimborne White

Colour Consultancy

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 Neutral Paint Colours

When it comes to versatility, nothing can match the enduring charm of neutrals. With blue, yellow, red and even lilac undertones, we have a neutral to suit every style.

Neutral Paint Colours

Discover Neutral Paint Schemes

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

Neutral Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing paint and colour Great colour and even better paint. It is a dream to use Farrow and Ball
Date published: 2024-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dream! I am renovating a south facing garden condo unit. I have low light. I remember seeing a video with Patrick mentioning to avoid blues and grays in low light because it can make the room feel chilly. Walls painted by previous owners were blue, and the room took on a WHOLE NEW FEEL after using Stirabout. It is SO COZY now, and has a touch of pink to it that I adore. Calm, warm, and sophisticated. Dead flat hides all the imperfections in the walls. I could not be happier
Date published: 2024-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy Oatmeal Color "Stirabout" is a stunning warm neutral that's akin to the comforting hue of a creamy, wholesome oatmeal. Its rich, inviting tones create a cozy ambiance that's absolutely perfect! I'm painting my whole main level in this color, intending to pair it with Dimity for the trim and Jitney for the fireplace paneling. I've chosen Farrow and Ball's latest finish, "Dead Flat," and it's applying incredibly smoothly. Check out the picture of my ongoing painting progress. I'll provide an update once it's all finished!
Date published: 2023-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely warm colour. I love the colour of this emulsion. I have teamed it with Setting Plaster, which is the feature wall and have used Stirabout for the rest of the room. It’s warm for my East facing room. It looks greyish in some light, but in general it’s a lovely warm nutural colour. It replaced the Magnolia that was on the walls when we moved in. Its perfect.
Date published: 2023-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the strong neutral range At last!! A shade bordering on taupe. Subtly warm.
Date published: 2023-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour in all light variation. This dead flat paint is amazing - very flat finish and a wonderful colour for the whole of my hallway.
Date published: 2023-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Stirabout Warms up my North facing living room beautifully. Colour changes throughout the day. It's my perfect neutral!
Date published: 2023-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A soft green kitchen So happy that Stirabout arrived just in time! for our kitchen reno. The palette is warm, harmonious, and easy to live with. It involves 3 (and possibly 4) F&B colors, and I could not be happier with my choices. Lower cabinets Treron Upper cabinets: French Gray Upper walls, trim, and ceiling, Stirabout Accent color for one cabinet away from the rest Yellow Ground
Date published: 2023-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just love ❤️ Stirabout was just the perfect colour that I was looking for.
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot stop specifying this color! We have 2 different projects nearing the final phases of construction right now and we are using Stirabout in both. It’s making me want to repaint everything in my house! For one project we’re using for the back staircase and lower level on millwork, trim and some walls. The client has always loved Dimity but it didn’t look as good with our white cement tile floors . Stirabout is perfection and adds the right amount of warmth without diminishing the light. We’re using Entrance Hall Pink for the backs of the bookcases and Brinjal on the window sashes
Date published: 2023-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great choice for a warm but modern living room Absolutely love the colour. I was trying to decide between Oxford Stone and Stirabout and chose stirabout, hoping that it would be less „cappuccino“ but a bit more modern. It looks absolutely fantastic and it was super easy to apply and looks 100% even in my Estate Emulsion finish that I chose.
Date published: 2023-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect colour This colour looks gorgeous on our fitted wardrobes, also contrasting perfectly with Wimborne White on the walls.
Date published: 2023-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive, but worth it. F&B paints are expensive, but worth it. Excellent coverage. Some people try to match their colours using other paint manufacturers, but only F&B will give you a unique chalky finish and stony light reflection off the paint.
Date published: 2024-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely sophisticated neutral I used Stirabout in a bright north facing bedroom with jitney on the trim and it’s the perfect neutral and has come up trumps where other colours failed. I found this a really difficult room to choose a colour for as the cool bright light just bleached everything out and lost the sophisticated warmth…Joa’s white turned into a very bright (almost radioactive) peach, schoolhouse white came out highlighter yellow, Wimborne white looked like trade white… you get the idea! Lost a star as I really did not enjoy working with the new dead flat, whilst it looks amazing it was a very tricky paint to work with. It went on a dream over primed new plaster but struggled to adhere to the walls of a previously painted room despite using the primer and did take 3-4 coats to fully cover and has flashed terribly on the ceiling.
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly pink???? Only bought a sample pot but a bit disappointed as it looks quite pink in daylight in my north facing hallway. ...using it on two different walls. I’ll try it in another’s room with a different aspect and hope that the ‘pinkness’ isn’t there. Anyone else noticed a pink hue? I do love Farrow n Ball paint tho.
Date published: 2023-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blistering and bubbling estate emulsion We are decorating our living room with Stirabout Estate Emulsion and are having a lot of problems with it The first coats went on ok, but when we applied a final coat by roller, the paint underneath began to bubble up. The coverage is patchy and not at all what we are used to with F&B (we have always used F&B in our home and been very happy with it). We allowed plenty of drying time between coats, and are now in a position where we can’t finish the room as we can’t apply a final coat. Cutting in is still visible and there are spots that require re coating but the paint just bubbles if you try. Please can you advise what might be causing this problem with the paint, and if there is anything that can be done to rectify the situation as we are now onto our fifth tin on a job that was a maximum of three tins of paint.
Date published: 2024-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stirabout is just pink Painted my west facing extension and adjacent middle room walls in Stirabout. One wall looks a nice neutral and all the rest is just pink. Nothing wrong with quality but it’s a very unpredictable and risky colour. I’ve always used F&B and I’m familiar with the changing hues etc but this colour is something else. Everywhere else in the house is shadow white and shaded white and I should have stuck with them.
Date published: 2024-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Patchy I am quite disappointed with Stirabout. The colour is a lovely oat that goes really well with Templeton Pink. I used the F&B primer, but it still came out patchy after two coats of painit. I had to use a third coat and it is still not completely even. Some of the F&B colours are very pigmented and go on like a dream (eg pelt), whilst others are quite thin in pigment. Stirabout does not have a lot of coverage. Disappointed.
Date published: 2023-02-06