Down Pipe


A dramatic lead grey

Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones to it which deepen the complexity of the finish. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering, it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal! This daringly dark hue is fabulous as a background to art, and extremely effective for use in halls to create a deeply dramatic entrance to the home. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimpse

Down Pipe is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 402.
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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.

Corrosive icon Harmful icon 

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 Downpipe We decided to paint an outside wall in the garden in Downpipe because we couldn’t find a dark grey colour we liked better. We were worried that it may look too dark and dreary but it actually looks great. Downpipe has different tones in it according to the time of the day so often it looks like an inky blue. My husband who painted the wall only needed to use one coat, he said the quality of the paint is really good.
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely darkgrey with a hint of blue Painted my entrance in this beautiful dark grey. The texture is full and smooth, variables with the light falling in.
Date published: 2022-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour in any room Having used Down Pipe in a bright sunny room I was interested to see the results on the walls of a smaller room. It is beautiful and I am thrilled with the outcome.
Date published: 2022-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark & Dreamy After trying and searching for the perfect colour, I took the bold step of selecting Down Pipe. A rather dark and moody grey, which I painted on the living room walls. They (F&B) really aren't kidding when they say it changes hue in a different light! I am so in love with Down Pipe that I now have it in a bathroom, in the hallway, and am currently contemplating the dining room. Added splashes of bold, bright colours reflect and compliment Down Pipe so much, I don't know what took me so long to step into the dark!
Date published: 2022-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Love this colour as when paintings/pictures are placed on the wall they stand out.
Date published: 2022-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Down pipe Love how Down pipe looks so opulent with the oak in my boot room. Repurposed the original doors and made new draws the paint is very hard wearing delighted with the finish
Date published: 2022-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour We've used Downpipe before and was happy to do so again as it's a great colour.
Date published: 2022-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour I was nervous to go from white to a dark colour!! But once i started i loved it!!
Date published: 2022-02-06
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