Tanner's Brown


A strong dark brown

Our darkest drab is named after the craftsmen who tan the hides and skins used to create leather. Tanner's Brown will read as almost black in lower lighting and is extremely useful to create a slightly softer look when used on the interior of fireplaces. It does, however, become browner in colour within well lit homes and exteriors due to its warm red undertones. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Joa's White

Tanner's Brown is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 26.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.

Bedroom in Tanners Brown
Bedroom in Tanners Brown
Country Kitchen
Country Kitchen
Porch and Hound
Porch and Hound
Tanners Brown staircase
Tanners Brown staircase
Differentiating Planes
Differentiating Planes
Stairs with style
Stairs with style

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 Just what i was looking for. I bought this paint for my old chest’s of drawers to take them from an oak finish to a rich brown. It worked perfectly and looked amazing with the new colour in the bedroom (Mere Green 219)
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A stunning floor colour. We painted our floor in the Tanner's Brown floor paint, the coverage and quality is exceptional. We are so pleased with the result. The only mistake we made was not using the F&B primer which we used on the rest of the house and gave a much better finish.
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous, Decadent So happy we were brave enough to use this colour in our lounge, it's absolutely stunning. It is slightly darker than expected, make sure you do a patch test first. The colour changes throughout the day and has an aged, chalky depth to it, its just beautiful.
Date published: 2020-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep colour So happy I have revamped my kitchen cupboards And the colour is great
Date published: 2019-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I had a colour in mind and this was just exactly it. Such an interesting bitter chocolate that went on a dream.
Date published: 2019-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful effect Painted my lounge three weeks ago now and couldn't be more pleased. The paint was a dream to work with from white to very dark 2 coats underfoot one top coat and it's a great to finsh. Well worth the extra money it's saved time all round and looks amazing with my bright furniture and furnishing.
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dramatic Doesn’t create a dark cave. When paired with white woodwork and frieze creates something really stylish.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing in a dark room Wasn’t sure if this would work in a north facing bedroom but went for it and love the results. Looks very different in the room than I expected but better for it. A really lovely blue/brown/black and I’m very happy with it. Easy to get paint with too.
Date published: 2018-02-09
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