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 377.
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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Downpipe! I had been wanting to go dark and bold in our living room for a while and after trying several colours, plumped for Downpipe. As always, the paint was a dream to work with and the results are amazing - the colour has completely transformed the room, I love it so much! I did need 3 coats to get the best result but I find this to always be the case with dark colours. I paired it with strong white eggshell on the woodwork, which is a beautiful combination. Delivery was also very quick - received it within 48 hours.
Date published: 2021-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Downpipe grey Best paint I have used, the finish is fantastic.
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful color, easy application We were looking for a nice gray and fell in love with this shade after ordering a sample. We also ordered the recommended primer to ensure nice rich color. Were extremely impressed with the application - definitely not pro painters and were able to get our accent wall (primer + 2 coats) done in one day with no streaks.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous paint Absolutely love Farrow and Ball paint. Is so smooth and creamy to apply. Loving Down Pipe in my sons bedroom.
Date published: 2021-03-29
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