India Yellow


A strong and moody yellow

This deep mustard yellow is famously named after the pigment collected from the urine of cows fed on a special diet of mango leaves! It creates a really cosy and surprisingly un-yellow space when contrasted with a dark tone like Tanner's Brown. It should, however, be used in moderation in small rooms where its moody intensity may be a little overwhelming. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones 

Complementary white: Matchstick

India Yellow is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 141.
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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 Perfect colour A perfect match to our bed linen. Warm and vibrant
Date published: 2021-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the color! Was trying to find this color for ages! Couldn't find anywhere in the shops. The first photo was taken in the late evening with lights on and looks lovely and bright and 2nd one in the day light which is a bit darker colour ('mustard - gold) the colour I always wanted. Thanks
Date published: 2021-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rich color! I just painted my bedroom in India Yellow and am thrilled with it. The room is north facing, so the color looks a little moody, if one can say that of a Yellow, but strong and warm at the same time. I fondly think the room resembles a gallery in a grand museum, the kind painted in a rich color that makes the paintings glow.
Date published: 2021-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect choice Just starting our refurbishment and chose this deep mustard that changes in tone throughout the day, we went bold and we love it!!!
Date published: 2021-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour and easy to apply. Thought India Yellow was too dark as we were painting but it wasn't once dried.
Date published: 2021-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour for a front door I wanted to brighten up my front door and was pleased to see Farrow and Ball offered the shade of yellow I was looking for. I chose full gloss in India Yellow and am so happy with the results. I needed 3 coats in the end but the finish is great.
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding quality We needed to replace our stair carpet and as I lifted it I made the decision to have a go at sanding it down. It’s not an exquisite period staircase it’s pretty run-of-the-mill one but it wasn’t in terrible condition -still sanding filling sanding all takes time. after the fourth hour of sanding I decided I was going to treat myself to some really lovely paint and the colour I wanted rather than the colour I thought I should get -so decided on India yellow. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the colour on the website but have never seen it up close. It’s a really lovely distinctive colour. I used F&B midtone undercoat/primer as recommended and I think it was well worth doing it gives a really great base. I was concerned that the 750 Ml of I bought wouldn’t be enough but actually it was more than enough to do two good coats and enough left for touching up. I think had I not under coated I would have used more. I absolutely love the end result I think it looks really modern and completely suits our home.
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour. Bought India Yellow for the kitchen. Gorgeous rich vibrant colour.
Date published: 2021-04-07
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