Pitch Black


A true black

Pitch Black is as pure a black as you can get and is strong and uncomplicated in all lights. Named after the dark sticky residue of coal tar often used in roofing, this true black has an unsurpassable depth and almost velvet quality. As with All White at the other end of our colour palette, it is easy to understand and indispensable for ironwork, woodwork or even walls if you are feeling daring! 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Shadow White

Pitch Black is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 103.
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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 Fantastic purchase.! We bought pitch black and are delighted with the colour and finish. It was easy to apply and has given a modern twist to our Georgian house. Would highly recommend this colour and modern eggshell for woodwork.
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb coverage I bought this paint for my new salon & this was excellent on some old beams. I got carried away and upcycled an old table to go with the decor. This took 2 coats of the Pitch Black & has transformed the look in an instant. I’m a great fan of Farrow & Ball range for all my special paintwork.
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! I got this paint in modern emulsion to door all my doors black and in the end I also did the stairs handrails and so glad I did absalutely stunning I also used elephants breath on all walls all over the house but I did strong white in the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom and also got all white for the skirting boards and frames. Best Paint I had EVER used dried streight away no smell and the balck went on the carpet my fault but came streight off and also this paint doesn't drip!
Date published: 2021-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anything else is a false economy My first experience on using F&B has been absolutely excellent. The finish and coverage are exceptional. I’m a complete convert and won’t look anywhere else in future
Date published: 2020-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finish I used this for a section of wall and ceiling in my bedroom. I was very pleased with the finish and coverage.
Date published: 2020-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing. Great purchase from order to delivery and painting. Paint is simply amazing! Very easy to apply and very quick do dry. I would recommend it 100%
Date published: 2020-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finish I brought this paint to revamp and old set of drawers. I’ve used the famous chalk paints before but have found them to be only good for a temporary solution. With this paint, providing you do the prep work, it has a beautiful finish that makes the item you’re painting look brand new. The paint is nice a nice thickness and goes on beautifully.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb paint. I bought this paint to cover a new IKEA unit. Using the appropriate undercoat followed by the modern eggshell, the finish is superb and robust.
Date published: 2020-11-17
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