A classic crimson

Our richest crimson originally takes its name from Latin, but is now a much used term for crimsons and reds. Similar to the deep glossy red used by David Hicks at Barons Court in the 1970s, Incarnadine is unashamedly classic and glamorous. It can be used to sumptuous effect in halls when offset with Tanner’s Brown on woodwork, or feel more edgy and graphic when paired with a bright white. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Red and Warm Tones

Complementary white: Wimborne White

Incarnadine is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 54.
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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.

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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 Opulence in a tin Decided to go all in with my home office in crimson. Went with Incarnadine Red on the walls and Wimborne White for ceiling, coving, woodwork and radiator. Also have a walnut laminate floor. Absolutely stunning effect. To make the most of it I changed the light fittings and went for a higher lumen LED. My man cave feels even better for the change. Used the Estate Emulsion. The depth of colour is unmatched in what I’ve seen before and I work in the construction industry so I’ve seen a few colour schemes. Thank you Farrow & Ball for an excellent product.
Date published: 2022-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour which adds depth After buying a new dining set secondhand for our expanding extended family we felt it was dominating the room. We wanted something to complement our existing palette and the seating fabric. We tried several tester pots in red with purple hues and felt Incarnadine complimented the existing Stony Ground well but also pushed the wall back, making the room feel bigger and allowing the large dining set to sit in the room better. Two coats and great quality!
Date published: 2021-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very rich red, beautiful! I used this in Modern Emulsion to give my hall and stairs a bit of a facelift. The Dimity paintwork was looking fine above the dado rail but very scuffed and marked below, after several years' wear. I used Incarnadine below the dado - it went on beautifully and looks fabulous. I chose the colour partly to coordinate with my rather tatty antique hall runner and a vintage wallhanging (Heal's 'Verdure' from c.1966), but also love the Shakespearean link of the name; to misquote Macbeth: 'Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this paint/ Clean from my brush? No, this my brush will rather / The multitudinous stairs incarnadine, Making the cream one red.' (Actually, like all F+B's paints, cleaning your brushes and rollers is very easy!)
Date published: 2021-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the ease of painting It was easy to use/apply and a nice colour but A big tin would have got one half the size if they did one
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful depth of colour We are on a long waiting list for a new bathroom, but the current one is pretty grim, so we took the plunge and chose Incardine to change the mood, since we are so limited as to what we can do. When we all emerge out of lockdown, I won't feel as if I need to apologise to anyone who needs to wash their hands! Never before has a change of paint had such a dramatic impact - with black and white prints and frames and luch plants it now feels so less clinical. The paint was brilliant - thank you
Date published: 2021-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and smooth Lovely rich colour for a feature wall in our dining room. Very pleased with it.
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good quality but expensive Good quality paint, good coverage but wasn’t quite the correct shade of red I wanted. I ended up with getting a colour mixed in a store.
Date published: 2021-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look fabulous in our bedroom! We painted the whole room in Incardadine - felt daring at the time - but delighted with the result. Looks wonderful - we used modern emulsion to give a bit of a sheen which has worked well - the colour is so rich and dense - we feel we have created a luxury bedroom!
Date published: 2021-03-02
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