A cool white

Our coolest white, with the slightest hint of grey, was historically made with the addition of lamp black pigment gathered from the smoke of burning oil lamps. Blackened sits perfectly with each of our Architectural Neutrals for a minimal look or stronger industrial feel. It’s particularly spectacular when used in Full Gloss within stainless steel kitchens, or when paired with All White for an uncompromisingly modern finish. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

Blackened is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 169.
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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.


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 Fantastic- Definitely recommend We bought blackened modern emulsion after using various tester posts. Ordering was easy and delivered within a few days. The colour is amazing and so easy to paint with. My partner has stated he'll always use F&B now and won't buy other brands. So it's a huge thumbs up from us. Great company and fabulous products.
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A colour suitable for royalty My 10 year old daughter selected this colour and jolly well right she was. It moves between grey, lavender and blue with the differing light. I recently spotted a very similar tone in the hit series ‘the crown’ if it can adorn the walls of the palace it’s good enough for me.
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour After trying of different colour greys from diffrent stores I finally found Blackened!! So please I did
Date published: 2021-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repurposed furniture I used the paint to update fitted wardrobe doors and two sets of free standing drawers. Paint was easy to use over the undercoat; great coverage. Love the way it changes with the light. The room is Manor House Grey, Wevet, All White and the Blackened furniture, which sounds very grey, but the different tones really make a statement and a bright interesting room.
Date published: 2021-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour I really like the quality of the paint, and the colour choices as it can be quite hard to find grey white. I also love the professional service.
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely grey Really lovely grey. I want to paint just a small part of my kitchen, so it's a shame the Modern Emulsion doesn't come in 1L quantities.
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint Purchased modern grey emulsion brilliant paint cost more than other makes but worth every penny
Date published: 2021-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blackened in Modern Emulsion finish - Amazing! Incredibly happy with this colour ! Adding the grey wood flooring made the paint colour appear more grey too. My daughter is very happy and excited about her new bedroom! The quality of the finish is amazing! It looks better in the Modern emulsion finish too. We also used the light tones primer and undercoat which I’m sure made the paint look even better! So happy we went with F&B and this colour!
Date published: 2021-03-16
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