Pale Powder


A gentle aqua

Our most popular shade of aqua is a lighter version of an archived Farrow & Ball colour, Powder Blue. Pale Powder has an unparalleled softness and in north facing rooms can read almost as a delicate grey, but it is rarely cold due to the addition of green pigment. It is a great favourite for use in pretty attic bedrooms where it can be brushed onto both ceiling and walls to create an airy feeling of light and space. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Pointing

Pale Powder is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 135.
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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 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 Colour true to sample After looking at colour charts and sample pots, we were really pleased that it was true to samples
Date published: 2021-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely greeny grey paint. Beautiful colour and paint to work with. Don’t believe others who say you can colour match it, the quality of the paint really is far superior.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joy to paint with I'm using this to upcycle my kitchen chairs for the nth time. I've used F&B paints and a variety of other wood paints over the years and F&B is hands-down the best. Like the colour. Very pale in good light, turning greener in the shade.
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted I have just painted my bedroom in Pale Powder. It was Mizzle previously and although I still liked the colour it had never worked well in this room. It felt like there were dull and slightly gloomy corners, although overall it was a restful feel. This is lighter, fresher, and softer with no shadows and achieves exactly what I hoped it would.
Date published: 2021-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb I had read the reviews about Pale Powder looking different colours in different lights. This is definitely the case in my room that runs north to south but I love it. Paint went on like a dream and used a lot less than expected. Converted to F& B.
Date published: 2021-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the shade I wanted I’ve been looking for a paint in this colour/shade for a while and it covered really well.
Date published: 2021-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is an amazing colour I've had this for years and years now and keep repainting it onto two East facing walls and it is so gentle and beautiful, changing from a bluish white to a translucent aqua to a rich warm pale blue-grey depending on the light. It should go with everything from Scandi and New England to 'romantic' and retro modern (tho perhaps not so much traditional/ classical/ country house). Fantastic colour that I just don't seem to get tired of.
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very pretty for north facing kids bedroom I applied it in my son's bedroom, which is facing north. I was looking after something vague between green/blue/grey but fresh and crispy for a young kid. I got it with Pale Powder and can't be happier with the result. Massive thanks F&B for your magic.
Date published: 2021-02-23
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