No. 235

Borrowed Light

Borrowed Light is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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A pale and illuminating blue

Evoking the colour of summer skies, Borrowed Light is a wonderfully pale blue named after the delicate light that cascades through small windows and fanlights. It works as well in a room deprived of light as it does in an airy sunroom. This soft and classic tone is perfectly suited to children’s bedrooms, especially when contrasted with Stiffkey Blue on furniture or woodwork.

Complementary white: Wevet

Key features

The finest ingredients

The finest ingredients

We’re dedicated to perfecting the art of paint. At our home in Dorset, we combine the finest ingredients, 75 years of experience and technical precision to help you create beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. Even in our colour rich paints, less than 8% of the tin is the colour. The other 92% is what creates the quality, depth and extraordinary response to light that transforms your home. 
 
Paint is like coffee. The colour is the froth on the top, but it’s the quality of the rest of the cup that makes it taste good. 
– Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball Co-founder 



We use twelve exclusive pigments, all specifically selected for their colour intensity. We take colour seriously, so naturally, we only accept the very best. By using these same pigments to make every colour in our palette, all our shades combine effortlessly, making it easy for you to put together a cohesive colour scheme. 

Deeper, richer colours

Deeper, richer colours

Packed with pigment for an extraordinary response to every kind of light.

We add generous helpings of rich pigment to create our signature look – deep colours with complex undertones. The same space that feels bright and airy in morning sun, can feel cosy and intimate by evening. Our teams design each shade under every kind of light, so it will be perfectly balanced in every setting.

Extraordinary response to light

Extraordinary response to light

We spend months carefully crafting and testing each of our paint colours to make sure they share our signature extraordinary response to light. This beautiful reaction to changing light, like bringing out different undertones or shifting intensity, is what makes our paint so special.

Interior and exterior finishes

Interior and exterior finishes

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).

We even have multi-surface finishes like Dead Flat® and Full Gloss, so you can tackle walls, woodwork and metal at the same time. 

Our comprehensive range is comprised of paint finishes that not only look beautiful, but offer different practical benefits. Designed for a variety of different surfaces, each finish is compatible with our high-performance Primers & Undercoats to ensure exceptional coverage, adhesion and depth of colour. 


Colour Story

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.


Find your perfect finish:

Available in new
Dead Flat

 

Walls, woodwork
& metal

Kitchen walls & ceilings

Bathroom walls
& ceilings

Ceilings

Interior
woodwork

Interior
flooring

Front doors
& woodwork

Exterior
metals

Exterior walls

Traditional plasterwork

Intricate mouldings


Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

White & Light Tones

Our White & Light Tones Primer & Undercoat creates a wonderful base for our softest shades. Covering imperfections on your surface and adding extra depth of colour, this primer is based on our simplest colour, All White.

Made with the same natural ingredients and pigments as our topcoats, our Primer & Undercoat is the crucial foundation for creating a rich, even and longer lasting finish.


Colour Schemes

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accent Colour Cook's Blue
No.237
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trim Colour Hague Blue
No.30
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accent Colour Stiffkey Blue
No.281
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trim Colour Black Blue
No.95
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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?

Our expert Colour Consultants are ready and waiting to help bring your style to life. If you’d like personalised advice on how to use our paint and papers in your home, book an in-home or virtual appointment today.


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 Amazing ‘ Borrowed Light’ Delighted with ‘Borrowed Light’ in terms of colour and quality. Bedroom looks amazing, just as I imagined it to be.
Date published: 2023-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Contemplative painting High quality dense paint responding to light and time of day. Using a brush rather than a roller requires utmost concentration. Almost meditative.
Date published: 2023-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Color! I saw this color for the first time in a better homes and Gardens magazine a few years ago. I tore out the page, and I have kept it ever cents. I finally ordered myself this color, and I could not be happier! It is true that the color does change with the light, it is exquisite. Lovely texture, and the color is simply perfect! My all-time favorite color!
Date published: 2023-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unparalleled color I chose borrowed light for my walls with Hague blue for built in bookcase. The coverage was great. It beautifully changes with the light. I fell in love with the color and it was worth every penny
Date published: 2023-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely color I love F&B paint. The paint is lovely and has no smell. Coverage is great. The color is beautiful. I was afraid when is saw the paint that it was too white, but it dries to a lovely soft blue. Delightful.
Date published: 2023-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour The perfect colour for my little ones bedroom, calming and light. Matched with Stoney Ground for the small shelves and shutters. More subtle and softer than white. Paint was easy to apply and a great finish.
Date published: 2023-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Borrowed Light for a calming guest room Borrowed light brought a cool color to the room to ease into the new home on the water.
Date published: 2023-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb finish. Followed the instructions, including undercoat, and the result was the usual F&B excellent gloss finish. Colour is always a matter of taste and I would have preferred a slightly stronger tint of colour as I suspect most would view my garage doors as white. Having said that I am still pleased , but it highlights the value of purchasing sample tins in advance if the correct colour is essential to your plans.
Date published: 2023-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creating a "stand out" floor in my home office The paint went on very well and dried quickly. As it was for a floor, I put a second coat on to get maximum coverage. I'm really pleased with the end result and it's very hard wearing.
Date published: 2023-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stiffkey Blue, Borrowed Light, and All White Trifecta! Love this combination. All in Dead Flat. Dark and calming contrasts beautifully with borrowed light.
Date published: 2023-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers Well Received in condition, on time and covers well, with a great finish
Date published: 2023-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from You might as well buy white You might as well buy white. This colour does not match the card nor image on screen.
Date published: 2023-07-22

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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