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 346.
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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 Fabulous as always Love farrow & ball colours. Amazing depth. This one didn’t disappoint. Painted an old dresser, changed knobs and looks like new. came quickly and well packaged. Would defo use again.
Date published: 2021-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic depth of colour Bought this to paint the recess for the log burner and very pleased with the overall look liked it so much I'm planning to use it to paint my cloakroom combining it with white and grey tiling.
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous paint We only use Farrow and Ball paint. Goes on beautifully, love outcome of our last room.
Date published: 2020-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality products We’ve used F&B before, when we repainted the outside of our house so had no hesitation when we decided to give our kitchen a makeover! We changed the worktops and chose to paint over the existing wood finish to the doors, drawers units etc. Our craftsman eulogised about the ease of application (2xprimer + 2x finish) and the effect was even better than expected! I don’t think the cost was much different from the ‘trade’ brands but even if there had been, the quality of the finish would have been worth any extra! Many thanks F&B, we’ll be back!
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wooden Fixed,Glazed room divider renovation. This was exactly what I was looking for and the colour was perfect, unfortunately, the finish was rather too flat and so I purchased the exact same colour in Estate Eggshell, and I am delighted with the finish. It has also been admired by everyone I sent photographs to.
Date published: 2020-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint Fast shipping and really great finish! Love this color; went on so smooth!
Date published: 2020-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely rich tone! I bought this with several other testers for our bed head wall and it’s so beautiful matched with F&B Peignoir, so happy with this deep rich tone to it! Just the colour I was looking for
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On trend colour Painted a French vintage kitchen cabinet in Dux Blue and highlighted the intricate mouldings in Downpipe, a stunning combination. Delighted with the end result.
Date published: 2020-12-17
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