No. 235

Borrowed Light

Soft Distemper

Borrowed Light is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14.
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Soft Distemper

Evoking the colour of summer skies, this shade is named after the delicate light that cascades through small windows or fanlights.

 

This traditional distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. Its blend of natural resin and minerals means it can be delicately applied, allowing detail to be preserved on intricate mouldings.

Complementary white: Wevet

Key features

Very matt

Very matt

This traditional delicate distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. 2% sheen. 

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other. 

Delicate finish

Delicate finish

This traditional delicate distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. 2% sheen. 

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other. 

For intricate cornices and mouldings

For intricate cornices and mouldings

Suitable for use on detailed plasterwork and intricate mouldings only. 
 
From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project. 

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer. 


75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Wevet

One of our Easy Neutrals, Wevet is clean, understated and incredibly easy to live with.
Find out more about Wevet No.273

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.


Colour Schemes

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#6A8FB2
#3F4D57
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accent Colour Cook's Blue
No.237
#3F4D57
trim Colour Hague Blue
No.30
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#4A5B6B
#3E4245
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accent Colour Stiffkey Blue
No.281
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trim Colour Black Blue
No.95
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#F6F6F2
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accent Colour All White
No.2005
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trim Colour Skylight
No.205

Sample Our Favourite Blues

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular blue shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Inchyra Blue, Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue.



Need Some Advice?

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View All Blue Paint Colours

When it comes to creating colour schemes, blue paint is one of the most versatile options around. In some spaces it evokes calm and serenity, while in others it’s cosy and dramatic.

Blue Paint Colours

Discover Blue Paint Schemes

Find inspiration for your project and view beautiful images of blue paint schemes in real homes.

Blue Paint Schemes


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very pretty colour I used Estate Emulsion. It is a very pretty colour for a bedroom and looks good in all lights. It covered well. I would definite it again
Date published: 2024-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect color! This Color is soft and delicate. It enhances the area. I knew when I saw this color it was the one for me. I don’t like colors that are too strong. This color is perfect!
Date published: 2024-03-20

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

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 Primer & Undercoat and Metal Primer & Undercoat. 

Quality Finishes

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.

Safety Information

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

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.

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