No. 235

Borrowed Light

Full Gloss

Borrowed Light is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
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Full Gloss

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

 

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for both interior and exterior wood and metal, as well as bringing a touch of glamour to walls and ceilings. Our highest-shine finish, it’s resistant to water, flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.

Complementary white: Wevet

Key features

Our highest shine finish

Our highest shine finish

Our Ultra-high-gloss finish with 95% sheen is available in our full range of colours. 

Photo credit; Aaron Dougherty

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 interior and exterior wood and metal

For interior and exterior wood and metal

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for use on both interior and exterior surfaces. It is mostly used on wood and metal trim, but it can also bring a touch of glamour to walls and ceilings, and is a popular choice for front doors.

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. 

Durable and washable

Durable and washable

Full Gloss is a durable, washable finish so you can easily wipe away spills and marks – without wiping away paint. We use high-quality minerals and strong binders to make sure it’s also resistant to knocks and scrapes. 

Lasts up to 6 years outside

Lasts up to 6 years outside

When applied according to our Product Advice Sheets, the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling and fading for up to six years. So, your exterior stays beautiful, no matter the weather. 

Photo credit;  F&B X Collagerie

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. 

Toy safe

Toy safe

This finish is independently tested and certified toy-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021). That means you can and a splash of colour to toys, cribs and other surfaces little ones come into contact with. Our paints also have hardly any odour and don’t need any solvents to clean up, so you can breathe easy during application and beyond. 


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.


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

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 colours in your home, book an appointment with our design experts today.

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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

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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.



Colour Consultancy

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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 Gorgeous Color Borrowed Light is a beautiful soft blue. It makes all of my rooms look lighter and bigger. I have received so many compliments on the color. I previously had my rooms painted in earth tones, the blue is a big change. It is gorgeous.
Date published: 2024-04-23
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
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
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