Rectory Red


A rich red

This rich clean red is named after the charming village houses built over the years for the clergy. Rectory Red is a blackened and aged version of Blazer and feels much more sophisticated, especially when contrasted with Red Based Neutrals such as Joa’s White. It is a warming colour which will intensify when used in a small space to create the most welcoming of rooms. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Red & Warm Tones

Complementary white: Dimity

Rectory Red is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 114.
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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 Love it!!! I bought this for a feature wall in the bathroom above the white painted panelling. The roll top bath was painted in rectory red eggshell to match and I'm delighted with the rich red results. When first applied the colour looks very pink but dries to a lovely deep red.
Date published: 2020-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour for our Norwegian style garden shed! Super paint, went on very easily (and lazily straight over the old paint), even in the rain and with two children helping! Looks fabulous!
Date published: 2020-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour! Great colour and quality paint. Arrived very quickly. Will now order a tin to paint my kitchen cupboards!
Date published: 2020-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing colour and applied well I wanted to create a feature rainbow on the kids bathroom wall and these tester pots were just perfect to achieve that and have great colours.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Colour I bought this paint having first tried a sample. After a coat of primer and two coats of Rectory Red a tired old garden bench is transformed into a delightful, beautiful centre piece of our patio. The paint itself is rich and creamy and applies perfectly. The brushes clean easily after use. Thank youy F&B
Date published: 2020-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour A bit thinner and splashier than the other brand of paint I'm using in my house but still easy to apply, after the recommended 2 coats it comes out a gorgeous colour and now my bedroom looks wonderful.
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous paint! Colour is rich. Paint is easy to use and applies really well. Initially cost seems expensive but you get what you pay for. Would certainly buy again.
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour We were wanting a red "feature wall" in our living room and Rectory Red seemed to fit the bill and so we sent off for a sample tin. We were not disappointed and now have exactly what we imagined and are highly de!ighted. This is the most beautiful co!our and every day we enjoy watching the changes the daylight makes.
Date published: 2020-06-26
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