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 441.
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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 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, 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.

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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 Stunning Arbour Beautiful colour, superb finish for outside wood
Date published: 2022-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard wearing After having had Farrow and Ball recommended to me, I thought I'd give it a go. I bought Stiffkey Blue in estate eggshell to paint my kitchen cupboards - so far they have not disappointed. The paint is proving to be hard wearing and stands up to cleaning and daily usage
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the depth of colour After my hallway taking on the look of a patchwork quilt of blues I decided on Stiffkey Blue I just loved the depth of the blue and really good coverage. I have purchased the paint and am awaiting for the decoration of my hallway So excited
Date published: 2022-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Navy blue Perfect Navy blue for our north facing living room. Modern emulsion was a pleasant change as we usually go for estate emulsion. Love the sheen that bounces light around. 2 coats did the job perfectly
Date published: 2022-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very pretty colour Superb colour, far nicer than I’d envisioned. Really pleased I purchased the sample pot.
Date published: 2022-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint I chose stiffkey blue to go alongside duck green in my converted church hall. It is a beautiful paint both in application and appearance and is worth the money. I would definitely but again
Date published: 2022-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour Thought this colour was perfect for the games room
Date published: 2022-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has given our room a whole new feel! Having decided on a blue feature wall, we wanted something a little different from the more standard shades. I researched using dark colours and found that a ‘chalky’ finish is best and that’s exactly how F&B describe this product. Stiffkey blue estate emulsion has transformed the room and it has a different atmosphere in the sun and in the evening. Two coats gave excellent coverage.
Date published: 2022-02-19
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