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 383.
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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.

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 Great colour Bought the Dow pipe colour to contrast with the mizzle green. Looks lovely, very pleased with it
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour for our lounge We had already fallen in love with Downpipe but after purchasing the sample pot, we knew it was the right colour for our lounge. We have had a new floor laid too, so wanted impact! And we couldn’t be happier. Love how the colour looks different in different lights.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour and flatness! Decided to be bold and used down pipe on the bathroom walls with a combination of cornforth white on the woodwork! Fabulous result
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for exterior woodwork Conservatory painted in down pipe worked wonderfully, it makes the woodwork almost recede into the background, letting the colours of the garden come into focus, I used Manor House grey before but I think downpipe is better in this case.
Date published: 2021-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning staircase Down Pipe Estate Eggshell No.26 has transformed my staircase and given it a real stylish look. As it's water based , everything is so easy too.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Kitchen! Have just finished a refurbishment of my tired kitchen and am just thrilled with the results -- before and after photos attached. Units painted in Downpipe; I was a bit nervous about it being too grey but in fact there is quite a lot of blue in it, especially in full light. Walls are Dimpse, trim All White.
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Masonry Paint - Down Pipe No26 Great application and coverage, beautiful colour too. Client extremely happy Another fine example why Farrow and Ball do not disappoint
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colour is perfect After looking on various websites for inspiration for new bedroom furniture, I see a mock room that loved the colours of the walls so good old google lead me straight to your paint. I just got a sample pot to start with and absolutely love so bigger pot ordered & received and cannot wait to transform our bedroom
Date published: 2021-04-18
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