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 119.
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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 3:2013+A3:2018).*

*Excluding specialist finishes of Limewash, Casein Distemper and Soft Distemper, and our 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.

Corrosive icon Harmful icon 

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 Estate Eggshell - Great Bought estate eggshell for my bedroom wall, came out great and it's not too glossy either.
Date published: 2021-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect black for me After a disaster using deluxe satin black gloss On My bannisters, I spashed out on pitch black farrow and ball , my rail was a hard red vanish wood with many yrs use so needed updating. I painted My Hall pale grey and used the black for the stairs and hand rails, what a difference, painted stain cover to start after rubbing down, then used the dark tones undercoat and two top coats of black pitch eggshell , it needs a least 2 weeks to cure hard so go easy on use till then, very pleased first time I attempted a job that size, I now brought to recycle a small hall table to paint in the black hard work but happy with the results I'm 68
Date published: 2021-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect transformation. I was keen to transform the colour and finish of a fireplace surround to match the decor of the living room. Having used Farrow and Ball on the walls and been delighted with the results, it was logical to choose the appropriate paint from the F & B range. A true black finish was my choice which led me to Estate Eggshell Pitch Black. The results have exceeded my expectations. Great finish. I used a F & B base coat to begin with which I would absolutely recommend. And the colour is simply stunning. Perfect.
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Texture is beautiful So many people told me to not buy Farrow and Ball and to buy the same colour paint elsewhere however they were so wrong!! I have used this for three pieces of furniture and I can’t stop using it I will definitely buy again
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great consistency I used the pitch black to paint my staircase and the coverage and consistency made it so easy. It looks amazing now.
Date published: 2021-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect black! ThE most perfect black that’s given an old console table and the bannister a much needed lift!
Date published: 2021-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant paint We have used Farrell and ball for the majority of our walls and they are really beautiful colours. Easy to apply and only really need to do 2 coats. Very impressed and worth the money. We used a much cheaper brand of black paint which marks very easily and looks grubby very quickly, so decided on Farrow and Ball Pitch Black for the rest of the black walls and it really does make a huge difference!
Date published: 2021-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Distressed wardrobe I have been looking for a colour to make my wardrobe look old and distressed in a “Dickensian style “ I tried alsorts and this was easy to use and looks perfect
Date published: 2021-02-12
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