Yellow Ground


A timeless mid yellow

One of our most useable yellows, this sunny shade was first used as a background colour within our ever evolving wallpaper collection. Yellow Ground sits between the fresher pigments of Citron and the richer mustard tone of Sudbury Yellow. It creates a happy and stimulating space in any light without being overpowering in colour. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: White Tie

Yellow Ground is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 33.
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Cosy yellow living room
Cosy yellow living room
Yellow Ground Living Room
Yellow Ground Living Room
Bathroom in Yellowcake and Babouche
Bathroom in Yellowcake and Babouche
Bright and cheerful family room
Bright and cheerful family room
Modern take on a Victorian kitchen and garden
Modern take on a Victorian kitchen and garden
Garden in Yellow
Garden in Yellow

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 True creamy yellow Depending on the light, Yellow Ground varied from yellow to a bright creamy colour. In contrast, Sudbury Yellow seemed to range from yellow to dull gold, whilst Babouche and Citron in some lights had hints of green, and at night Dorset Cream could seem surprisingly white. At the moment we are thinking of using Yellow Ground for the new kitchen cupboards, with the archive colour Fowler Pink for the kitchen walls to tie in with the new terracotta floor tiles. NB this was only a sample pot and the project hasn't yet begun.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great delivery to France. Tried 2 F&B yellows but think I may order more of a creamy colour.
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A warm bright cheery colour. This was the first time I had purchased Farrow and Ball paint and I was very impressed. The colour was excellent, the paint had good coverage, and the delivery was quicker than expected. Although more expensive than a lot of other brands I feel it was money well spent.
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brand new colour schen on 300-year-old walls We have had some repairs made to the lime plaster work in the living room of our 300-year-old former farmhouse, so ordered plenty of casein bound distemper from F&B because it was bound to take at least two coats to cover the different surfaces and colours. in the wall. I now know that this paint is really easy to apply and covers just about anything with a single coat. The time a saved by applying just one coat was well spent doing absolutely nothing in the garden on a sunny day, but I'm now looking for a new project to use up the left-over paint!
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality. Really pleased with the finish and we'll worth the cost.
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This paint is just unbelievable, the colour is so rich we only needed one coat. Well worth the extra money far better than other makes.
Date published: 2020-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm and soothing Looking for a project during the lockdown weeks, I chose to paint my previously “magnolia” bedroom with “yellow ground”. The paint coverage was excellent (one coat only was required), and the result is a warm and inviting room. The yellow is great against the pale coving and ceiling.
Date published: 2020-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yellow Ground paint Delighted with the colour and quality of this paint. Has transformed my hall. Thanks Farrow and Ball!
Date published: 2020-06-12
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