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: Skimming Stone

Paean Black is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 49.
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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 I was nervous but it worked really well I had a shabby pine dresser that was over 40 years old, its varnish worn off in some places and tending to an orange shade in others. I spent a long time looking at colours and got a paean black tester tin, but I was not at all sure. However, since I couldn't find anything I liked better, I took the plunge. And it has worked out really well. The modern eggshell finish looks attractively glossy without being excessive. And the colour goes well with my 'tapestry green' walls.
Date published: 2022-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Pretty set on using this colour for our staircase. The sample pot has confirmed this to us. Will be a while before we can proceed but great to have made one decision!
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, but too much purple I really loved this colour, but the light in my room made it appear to purple so not good for the intended space. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this for a different room,like a very glam power room. Quality as always #1 with F&B
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Appreciate the Sample So glad I could get a sample pot. It was much more purple than I expected. Beautiful, but not what I had in mind. Thank you for offering sample pots!
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Rich Colour I used this as a panel behind the bed, on the skirting, radiator and bookshelves in a Rectory Red bedroom. It's gorgeous colour and in eggshell shines like the skin of an aubergine. I wanted something dramatic and rich as a foil to the red, and this worked brilliantly. The colour went on very well and 2 coats were enough to give full coverage.
Date published: 2021-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most beautiful colour I am in love with this colour! It has so much depth to it. So many compliments. If you are in doubt go for it! I paired it with grey and I’m so happy I did.
Date published: 2021-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word ... WOW It’s just the most beautiful paint.. easy to put on and looks beautiful... very impressed
Date published: 2021-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark purply black This is a warm dark almost black. It has covered well and I am using it in a study which shows off the books well. The walls are painted in mossy green 'Bancha', very dramatic but successful combination.
Date published: 2021-02-09
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