Off-Black

No.57

A soft black

This soft black is one of the original Farrow & Ball colours - an uncomplicated name for a well loved classic. Off-Black is much more flattering to adjacent colours than stronger blacks because it feels so much milder in tone and has none of the underlying cool blue of Railings or Black Blue. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimpse

Off-Black is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 58.
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  • Interior walls and ceilings
  • Interior wood and metal
  • Interior concrete or wooden floors
  • Exterior walls
  • Exterior wood and metal
  • Specialist decoration of an older property
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.

 
Colour expertise

A curated palette for your home

 
THE FINEST INGREDIENTS

For a deeper, richer colour

 
SKILLED CRAFTMANSHIP

Created with care in Dorset, England

 
HIGH PERFORMANCE

Beautiful, durable and eco-friendly

Inspiration
Off Black on bar front in Cornwall
Off Black on bar front in Cornwall
House
House
Glass Roof Extension
Glass Roof Extension
Hallway
Hallway
Farmhouse Bathroom
Farmhouse Bathroom
Farmhouse Bathroom
Farmhouse Bathroom
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Kids Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Historic Nantucket Kids Bath by Melanie Gowen Design
Living Room on houseboat
Living Room on houseboat
Dramatic Entranceway Bathed in Sunlight
Dramatic Entranceway Bathed in Sunlight
Little Venice
Little Venice
Off black and taxidermy
Off black and taxidermy
Family Bathroom
Family Bathroom
Family Bathroom
Family Bathroom
Staircase
Staircase
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#myfabhome
#myfabhome
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Product Information 
ECO-FRIENDLY AND CHILD-SAFE

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.


QUALITY FINISHES

Every one of our 132 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.


SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

Customer Reviews 
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just LOVE this colour!! This is the second time I’ve bought Off Black in the exterior eggshell for my front and back doors. Great quality and looks fantastic! Well worth the extra money!
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible paint This paint is easy t0 apply, dries incredibly well and looks absolutely stunning.
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint Currently painting stair case from white to off black I can’t believe the difference all ready , stunning colour which glides onto wood , excellent !
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features Your review* The colour is astounding. It brings to mind the deep. deep charcoal of my wife's ashen heart. A triumph!
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful backdrop Having tried several F&B sample pots, we opted for off-black No.57. We hoped this soft black would provide a backdrop for a piece of ‘Art’ and boy did it deliver. The powerful moody black gives a strong backdrop and because there’s no underlying colours, there are no colour ‘clashes’. Highly recommend this colour and perfect for someone looking for that elusive dark grey.
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic And Classy Very pleased with the results. The finish is very suitable in a period property, especially where the walls are uneven. The chalky flat colour is also a good backdrop for dressing a room. Care needs to be taken to mix the paint properly and throughout the job to prevent sediment to develop. The use of a good quality brush is also recommended. The cost of the paint may seem expensive but the paint does provide good cover and a tin goes a long way. It is a shame that smaller tins are not available for touching up purposes, although these are available as testers.
Date published: 2018-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best brand of paint I've ever used. I can highly recommend Farrow and Ball paint, first time I've ever used it and would never go back to any other brand! It's so nice to paint with, looks amazing, great finish, no paint smell and really easy to wash out of brushes and rollers. I used off Black for my ceiling on my hall/stairway and it looks fantastic, and used all white on the walls, I've had so many comments and compliments from people saying how well it looks.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New look patio I have just painted an old wooden garden table with off black Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell to compliment some black stained wooden garden chairs and I am delighted with the result. My old table looks brand new and gives my outdoor area a lovely contemporary look.
Date published: 2018-08-13
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