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 less of the underlying cool blue of Railings or Black Blue. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimpse

Off-Black is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 236.
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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 Absolutely love the colour and finish Built a new Tv unit and decided on the Off black paint for it, I must say I’m so pleased with it, so pleased we actually decided then to paint our handrail and banister the same colour and again it looks amazing!
Date published: 2022-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic colour in our lounge Went on with ease to fresh plaster ,couldn’t be happier
Date published: 2021-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black but not black We moved in to our 1890's Victorian return 14 weeks ago and while everywhere else is still being worked on and carried out I knew that I could get to work to make a statement living room pretty quickly with this absolutely gorgeous colour - Off Black Estate Emulsion statement wall and Off Black Estate Eggshell fireplace with All White on other walls, ceiling and trims. I am in love with it and can't recommend the paint enough. It paints online a dream and no lingering bad smells.
Date published: 2021-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can’t stay out of this room! I bought this color to use in a study area I created In an alcove off my bedroom. It is the softest, velvety black.I am so delighted with how it all turned out. I always hesitated to use dark colors because I was afraid I’d get this flat, heavy look. So glad I discovered Farrow and Ball. Well worth the cost.I just can’t imagine going back to the cheaper brands. I so enjoy my home; don’t like leaving the house anymore.
Date published: 2021-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sophisticated shade of black Absolutely in love with this colour! Wonderful, easy to apply, absolutely stunning shade - so many compliments to our newly renovated kitchen! No smell whatsoever and it dries super quickly! Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2021-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Color Reminds me of denim! It's got the perfect balance of dark blue and black. Love it!
Date published: 2021-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from black but not so black I wanted something black but not charcoal black, after two coats I got this beautiful shade of black. I love the 20% sheen effect, a bit shine but not too much glossy. Haven't tested the durability yet (I have put it on the stairs) so need to keep you updated. Feels like it dries pretty quickly so something to remember when applying.
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm black with lovely depth Put off-black on the high ceilings in former pudding factory we turned into a suite. Took down the ceiling beautifully without become too „black“ and worked wonderfully with Ammonite on the walls. We tried Blackened first but was too blue/ too cold. Painted easily and one layer was absolutely fine on former white. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2021-04-25
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