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 4.6 out of 5 by 189.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 Great paint First time ever buying this great to use, great coverage and a fantastic colour.
Date published: 2020-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophistication in spades! This colour oozes class! Despite everyone telling me I was crazy to use such a colour. I’m never afraid to be bold and am so glad I stuck to my guns. It does have an underlying blue tone to it, so if you want something definite black then I’d suggest looking at the other black shades on offer. This has gone in my bathroom and is easily cleaned. Beautiful.
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off black I got this to do my daughters build in wardrobes,great paint,lovely colour.
Date published: 2020-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint has a great finish! I bought the modern emulsion and it went on great with a nice sheen that gives it some robustness.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality We bought off-black for the bedroom and it looked that good I have now used Down pipe and India yellow in 2 of the kids bedrooms and plan on painting the front room with De Nimes. What else are you going to do in Lockdown :-)
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off-Black doors Painted our hallway doors using the off black estate egg shell and I’m so impressed. It took 2 very fine coats for full coverage, painted 3 doors and have almost a full tin left, a little goes a very long way with this paint. Applies beautifully with an incredible finish.
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning colour This colour is so versatile I’ve used it in my hall way and now I’m going to use it on the garden shed. Off- back is not so harsh as black and very pleasing on the eye
Date published: 2020-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent fast efficient service Purchased farrow and ball paint last month for the first time, well worth the extra money, best paint I have ever used, painted all downstairs in ammonite and feature walls in sulking room pink, amazing results
Date published: 2020-10-28
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