A lively mint green

Arsenic has a lively, stimulating feel despite its name being derived from the poison that was rumoured to have been in the wallpaper that poisoned Napoleon after his capture. Its vivid mint colour makes it feel just as at home on contemporary kitchen cabinets, especially when paired with Down Pipe, as it does on the walls of a 19th century dining room. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: All White

Arsenic is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 112.
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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-odour, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They are also certified child- and baby-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


Every one of our paint colours is 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.

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Limewash: Danger. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation.

Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

All other finishes: Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous vibrant mint green I paired this with Nancy’s blushes for my bedroom and they go so nicely together. Very vibrant, so if you’re not sure I’d definitely get a paint sample first to see if it’ll work for your project.
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This colour is everything! My daughter wanted a pink bedroom. I have no problem with pink, but thought if we went full on pink, in a few years she may have totally outgrown it, so persuaded her that we add in a different colour to make the whole room pop and look less traditionally 'girly'. Went with Nancy's Blushes and Arsenic which in my opinion go together like a dream! Daughter loves the room, and we have had so many compliments on the contrasting wall colours! I have also painted various pieces of wooden furniture in Arsenic as it is just such a fantastic, happy colour!
Date published: 2022-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vibrant colour I love this colour but I did think twice about using it as I tend to gravitate towards more light and neutral colours for walls. I’m so glad I went for it. It really makes an impression and I’ve had lots of compliments on it. The paint went on really well and is very forgiving on the bumps & lumps of this old house.
Date published: 2021-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour After trying some sample pots I decided on Elephants Breath as the colour I wanted and it sets my room off.
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firmly recommended. A bold period colour that’s identical to the lining paper in my Grandmother’s Regency sewing box; they certainly knew a thing or two then as sets off antique furniture to perfection and looks marvellous in stairwells and corridors, if you’re brave enough to apply it that is.
Date published: 2021-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning colour Ordered the Estate Emulsion sample pot in Arsenic. Arrived quickly. It was exactly the colour we wanted and true to the colour chart. Vibrant and uplifting. Have since ordered the large tin. It was very securely packed. The job is finished and we are very happy. Thank you F& B.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour Sample pots arrived quickly and well packaged. We have decided on Arsenic no. 214 as a feature wall in our 4 year old's 'big boy's room'. Also planning to use the eggshell version on the inside of his door. Will post pictures when the project is finished!
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour for bathroom Makes our bathroom Look Like a retro swimming pool
Date published: 2021-05-02
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