Sudbury Yellow


A traditional mid yellow

This soft mid yellow takes its name from the staircase at Sudbury Hall, where renowned colourist John Fowler used this shade to such great effect. Sudbury Yellow is particularly responsive to changes in light, reading as cleaner and brighter in well lit rooms or softening in dimly lit spaces alongside a stronger contrast like New White. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: New White

Sudbury Yellow is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 80.
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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 Amazing colour - adore the results My kitchen is a dark north facing room and needs artificial lights at all times. I tested Sudbury, Baboushka and India Yellow. Sudbury won the vote and my first application of Farrow and Ball. I must admit when I started painting I really wanted to like it, but it was a dull green colour and I was secretly devastated. Having read the reviews I decided something must be wrong and concluded it was my lightbulbs. I did some research and found out that it is possible to purchase a bulb with a high CRI rating which gives an accurate colour. I also chose a warm white. What a success, it was like turning the sun on! Everyone loves the result...I’m expecting more testers to be delivered for my bedrooms and very excited!
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Lovely paint to use and colour was just as it said on the can goes great with Joules bedding
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting colour Nice warm cross between the various cremes and yellows. I tried to include pictures 4 times but have given up.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I took the plunge ! I normally use three variations of Farrow and Ball 'White' shades in each room in my house, but during lockdown decided to be bold! I used Sudbury yellow on the walls, with New White on the ceiling and wood work with House White above the picture rail in my 1930s house. The colours as suggested by F&B look great together and enhance my vintage wooden furniture, and wood floors. My soft furnishings are vintage leather with shades of red /burgundy cushions and throws - I mention this because the yellow really helps to create the vintage atmosphere I like so much. Definitely a change for me, but it is not too dark, and seems to change at various times of the day with different lighting.
Date published: 2021-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to colour chart Depth of colour and coverage gives confidence when choosing before buying full size.
Date published: 2021-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Wonderful colour for bedroom/changing room. Light but not too light!
Date published: 2021-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful warm colour I have painted my entrance hall in this colour and the feedback from visitors is how welcoming it is!
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb paint! This paint is easy to apply and dries to a really deep, rich finish.
Date published: 2020-11-23
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