Paean Black


A chic red based black

This Georgian inspired red based black creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes, while adding a distinguished look to traditional exteriors. The perfect accent for all our reds and completing our range of blacks, Paean Black conjures up the shade of old leather hymnals and so is named after a song of praise.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Joa's White


Paean Black is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
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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 Nice colour, but more purple than expected Bought this one thinking that it looked pretty much as black as you can get, but actually it was much more purple than I had anticipated. It's a lovely colour, but just be warned; imagine an aubergine, and that's what you've got. As paints go in the range, this was a slightly thinner one, so had to put lots more coats on to get to the usual coverage.
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing paint and richness of colour Bought this for an east facing front door, which was new hardwood and already primed. I didn’t prime with F&B dark tones primer, as it was pricey to get a whole pot for a smallish job. I’ve used their paints in emulsion and internal eggshell formats, but never a full gloss like this Paean Black. It wasn’t easy to paint with, but gloss never is and you’ll need an exceptionally fine brush to minimise brush marks. You also cannot put too much on at once or it will be harder to prevent over brushing, which shows the brush marks a lot. Once you get the hang of it though, it is amazing stuff and the colour has a depth to it that still gets me. It really does look different in different lights, much more purple in sunlight and blacker at other times. Very true to the description, I’d say. It’s unusual and striking too, perfectly complimenting our new, Victorian style front door with etched glass. Judge for horrible below!
Date published: 2019-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful paint to work with This paint was a joy to work with. I used it with the recommended dark colour under coat. The colour was more of a dark purple than a red/purple black, and is more purple than the picture shows. However, I love the colour even if it was not quite what I expected (note to self, get a sample first), it covers beautifully and cleans up so easily, no smell. Highly recommended
Date published: 2019-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paean black I am happy with the colour and it works perfectly for what I want. I always use Farrow and Ball paints and have never been disappointed.
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep luxurious Paean Black Perfect with white in a bathroom. Don’t be afraid to go dark. This colour is wonderful, almost black but sometimes it looks rich purple. The photos explain
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B Addict The Farrow and Ball new colour, Paean Black is a fantastic, rich, deep colour. In my bedroom, which has a west and a north facing window, it looks like a deep purple/ aubergine colour. However, as the day goes on, it gets darker and darker. It is not as harsh as a pure black. I have it teamed up with Rectory Red and it goes really well as it is a red based black. As usual, Farrow and Ball paint goes on like cream with little or no odour. It also dries very quick. Highly recommended
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with Paean Ok, I’ve used and loved F&B for years, so it takes a special colour to get me up and changing schemes ! PAEAN BLACK did just that, my Hall is already ALL WHITE and these two get along great, I left the upper walls alone and just painted Paean below, one wall is Full WM Strawberry Thief and I couldn’t be happier with how the whole thing came together. Obviously painting Paean black over All white took some covering (three coats in all, the first looking similar to ribena! ) but as the intensity deepens the drama of Paean is amazing. The 2.5 litres went a long way as I never use a roller, always a brush and I had enough left over for a bedroom chimney breast. Love how it changes in different lights. A beautiful colour.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! Fell in love with this colour as soon as I took the lid off the tester pot. I have now painted my front room and love it even more! It has given a beautiful, deep depth of colour to the place.
Date published: 2018-10-30
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