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 367.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.

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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.

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 Stiff key Blue feature wall This colour looked great on a feature wall in the front room of our Victorian home, punctuated by gold, copper and black furniture, lighting and ornaments. We had some left over which we used below the dado rail in our vestibule.
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour great product I bought this sample pot to try and I’m so glad I did ...... the colour is fab and it’s a great quality paint Highly recommend
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely on trim We used Stiffkey blue for the wood trim plus the wall around the fireplace mantle. The wall colour is Purbeck Stone, with a border of Ammonite on the top 12" of the wall. Really happy with this combination. The Stiffkey is such a deep luscious colour for the trim. And the border of Ammonite at the top helps lighten up the Purbeck, which can be a bit gloomy on its own.
Date published: 2021-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour & coverage We did this today - it’s a lovely colour and finish
Date published: 2020-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful colour. Totally charged our lounge After a long hard think. We both the bullet and painted the room. This fabulous tone of deep blue. The room looks wonderful and feels so much bigger
Date published: 2020-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour, Great cover Applied on top of the recommended dark undercoat primer it covered easily giving a smooth, lustrous finish and no chipping so far.
Date published: 2020-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations Bought a sample pot as a first time customer. Impressed with the colour, depth and coverage. Visit to my local store in St Albans and a day later I have the most beautiful dining room. The colour is lovely in any light. Impressed how well this paint covered, love it
Date published: 2020-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love stiffkey blue After painting panelling in Hague Blue which was too green then went to trusty stiffkey, never disappoints
Date published: 2020-12-20
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