A rich, earthy green

Olive is a very earthy green originally used in panelled rooms. It’s best suited to darker spaces, where the richness of this colour really comes into its own. For this reason, it looks most at home when paired with a traditional neutral such as Off-White or Old White.
Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones
Olive is part of our archive collection so sample pots are not available, and orders cannot be returned.
Olive is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
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  • Interior walls and ceilings
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  • Interior concrete or wooden floors
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  • Exterior wood and metal
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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 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.


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 Perfect pigments Love it. Estate emulsion changes beautifully with the light. Went on like a dream after first coat as per picture. Will get second coat done soon haha! Warm forest feels.
Date published: 2019-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant paint Never used farrow & ball paint before but I would defiantly use it again with out a doubt!! It just seems to last forever!! It goes on so smooth and the finish is perfect. I used it on an old Welsh dresser and it looks fantastic. Beautiful colour too. I did source cheaper paints but they just didn't come up to the standard of farrow & ball and as I'm having my whole kitchen in the olive I needed to make the right choice in colour and finish. You may pay more for this product but it's worth every penny! :)
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour The colour is an exact match to paper colour chart but not the online colour which looks brighter - this is great as what I wanted but don't go from online colour only as much softer and deport tone than that
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning kitchen colour My favourite fandb colour of all - Looks so good in our big edwardian kitchen that we've decided to use in our lounge too. Perfect green.
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product The samples I received were great paints to paint with, good coverage and the colours were accurate - chart to wall. The delivery of sample pots was quick. It says I have to use a minimum of 50 words, for this review, but I have nothing else to say!
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A superior paint. We bought this to re-paint a wall which had very recently been painted in a competitor's paint which proved to be very disappointing in its finish. The F&B paint was superior in every way. It had a nice thick texture and covered well without marks whether using a roller or a brush. We love the rich earthy colour-this was on a feature wall on our stairs-which contrasted well with the pale cream on the other walls. As our local stockist didn't have this colour this was ordered from F&B direct-it arrived within 2 days! A little more expensive than other paints but well worth it. Highly recommended. We're planning our next decorating project and won't look anywhere else for the paint-it's that good.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour, excellent finish Bought this colour online for an exterior accent wall. Fast delivery and colour was just what I wanted. The paint itself was really nice to work with and only needed one coat to get an excellent finish.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B: As fabulous as ever! Being fans of Farrow & Ball, choosing a colour from their wonderful range was an obvious choice when overhauling a pair of wrought iron garden chairs and table. The previous hue was an alarming turquoise which would be wonderful if we were planning to sit on them at the junction of Haight/Ashbury Streets in San Francisco circa 1967. The Olive which we used was perfect for the job; covered easily and well; looking marvellous after two coats and absolutely complementing the garden. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-08-04
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