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 109.
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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect paint I bought this to revamp a tired fireplace.....it has worked wonders. I am a true convert to Farrow and Ball paint, it may be more expensive but it is sooo worth it.
Date published: 2021-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration I rely heavily on Farrow and Ball for inspiration and then for making it real. They never disappoint
Date published: 2021-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product We used Pitch black in our bedroom and it is VERY black. We wanted something that had no blue undertones and this is exactly that. We got the modern emulsion but I think next time I will get the chalky one. Just preference as I feel with a sheen if your walls aren’t plastered you see more imperfections than you do with no sheen.
Date published: 2021-01-20
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
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