Stiffkey Blue


An inky navy

This inky blue is named after the Norfolk beach where the mud, along with the cockles, share a particular deep navy hue. Although traditional in feel, Stiffkey Blue is often used as an alternative to Down Pipe to create a richly dramatic space with a more contemporary finish. When used in well lit areas of the home it will appear much bluer, working wonderfully when contrasted with Ammonite. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Shadow White

Stiffkey Blue is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 419.
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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 Love this colour!!! I bought Hague Blue at first for this room, and then realised a bit too dark for a NE facing room… so used it on another one. Stiffkey Blue is just perfect, goes well will the natural wood, brushed gold accessories, my plants and the Wimborne White on fireplace. Simply Loving it! Although room not finished on the details, the main colour kind of finishes it anyway
Date published: 2021-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic colour I swithered between Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue, but am glad I chose the latter. The colour is dark but vibrant, and changes depending on the light. I used the undercoat and primer as I was painting onto wood, and I am delighted with the finish. The wardrobes worked so well, I also painted the shelving units.
Date published: 2021-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful rich colour Decided to add some depth to our feature wall by using Stiffkey Blue (no 281) emulsion. Couldn't be happier with the result! So much so that I decided to paint my dining chairs in the same colour too. Stiffkey Blue modern estate eggshell. Love it♡
Date published: 2021-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour and the paint! We tried Stiffkey blue for our new wardrobes and absolutely love the colour. The paint was easy to apply with a small foam roller and quick drying. We used modern eggshell and it was great to use. Overall I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2021-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Paint Having used the Stiffley Blue Colour paint I can honestly say it is the best paint I have ever used. So much so we are now using the same colour in our kitchen & have sampled two additional colours as sample pots which we will now be ordering.
Date published: 2021-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goes on great Use the undercoat and you'll find you get a beautiful colour that goes on easily.
Date published: 2021-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ooo, splendid Stiffkey Blue! What a fantabulous colour... It's rich, dark, warm, cosy and we think it looks bloomin' glorious on our lounge wall. We picked the modern emulsion due to a little person with sticky fingers and a cat that likes to climb walls! So far, so good - the odd sticky mark from the little person has been quickly wiped away and the wall looks exactly how it did when first painted. The paint has a beautiful sheen, very slight, which the light bounces off. The paint went on the walls beautifully (my husband did say it's the best paint we've ever used). We pondered at first over the cost of the paint, but you definitely get what you pay for - we are now Farrow & Ball converts and will be back for some Brinjal when we decorate the kitchen!
Date published: 2021-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm hug blue Couldn’t decide between Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue for our lounge. But went with Stiffkey in the end. Then discovered my identical twin sister has the same colour on her recently painted kitchen units. Fancy that! Anyway it looks just as we expected it to - wonderful. Makes a very big chance for our usual light colours.
Date published: 2021-05-07
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