Borrowed Light


A pale and illuminating blue

Evoking the colour of summer skies, Borrowed Light is a wonderfully pale blue named after the delicate light that cascades through small windows and fanlights. It works as well in a room deprived of light as it does in an airy sunroom. This soft and classic tone is perfectly suited to children’s bedrooms, especially when contrasted with Stiffkey Blue on furniture or woodwork. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

Borrowed Light is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 164.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 Two coats looks fabulous So happy with this paint which I have bought before and I was not disappointed. Goes on easily and the colour is gorgeous
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely light shade for walls Lovely light shade for walls. Great coverage and application
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Used in master bedroom, looks slightly different depending on time of day and light. Best coverage have ever experienced with paint. Would definitely recommend
Date published: 2020-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect peaceful colour for bedroom Delighted with this colour, which somehow manages to be calm and cool without feeling cold in the slightest. As ever with F&B paint the tone and accuracy to the colour chart was spot on. Covered in two coats and though I have loads left over from their estimated quantity, I’m delighted as I can do the small spare room with the excess!
Date published: 2020-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pleased with this paint Easy to apply, great colour and finish and low odour. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Borrowed Light for a north facing hallway So happy I purchased six tester pots and would recommend others do the same if not sure. Ordered Borrowed Light as an after thought to Oval Room Blue but with a north facing hallway it looks the best match for what we want to achieve - I’ve purchased the paint taking advantage of the 3 for 2 offers locally.
Date published: 2020-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen touch ip Bought this to touch up our kitchen which had been sprayed with your paint by a company sprayfix in dundee 5 years ago. Still in great condition.
Date published: 2020-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Bought this for our master bedroom, lovely colour. Am pairing with silver/grey carpet and white french style furniture. Still waiting for later to be delivered. Can’t wait to see end result. Coverage better than any other paint I have used previously
Date published: 2020-11-05
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