No. 57


Exterior Eggshell

Off-Black is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25.
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Exterior Eggshell

This soft black is one of the original Farrow & Ball colours – an uncomplicated name for a much used classic.  

Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting, rich colour to exterior wood and metal. The low sheen finish remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather, while preservatives help prevent the growth of algae and fungi. The resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.


Complementary white: Blackened

Key features

Low sheen

Low sheen

The soft, low sheen satin finish of our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces. 20% 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 exterior wood and metal

For exterior wood and metal

Suitable for exterior wood and metal, our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces with a finish that remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. Added preservatives help to prevent the growth of algae and fungi, and the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years. 

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.

Weather resistant and flexible

Weather resistant and flexible

This finish has been carefully designed to be water resistant and stay flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. At the same time, it also offers the highest level of water vapour permeability to allow them to breathe. So, you can transform your exterior with colour that lasts.  

Protected from fungi and algae

Protected from fungi and algae

Our expert chemists have formulated Exterior Eggshell with added protection against fungi and algae, so your outdoor spaces stay looking their best. 

Lasts up to 6 years

Lasts up to 6 years

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.

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

Complementary white: BlackenedComplementary white: Blackened


Our coolest white, with the slightest hint of grey, Blackened sits perfectly with each of our Architectural Neutrals for a minimal look or stronger industrial feel.
Find out more about Blackened No.2011

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

Dark Tones

When it comes to using dark colours, the deeper the better. So, for an irresistibly inviting finished look, pair darker shades with our Dark Tones Primer & Undercoat. Based on the colour of Down Pipe, combining this primer with your topcoat creates an unrivalled richness and makes quite the statement.

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

accent Colour Eating Room Red
trim Colour Brinjal
accent Colour Nancy's Blushes
trim Colour Stone Blue
accent Colour All White
trim Colour Blackened

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Sample Our Favourites

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 shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Hopper Head, Off-Black and Pitch Black.

Colour Consultancy

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 Black Paint Colours

Far from dark and dreary, black paint creates intimate, inviting and thoroughly sophisticated spaces to escape to at the end of a long day. Go bold and take it all over or simply add a touch to your trim.


Black Paint Colours

Discover Black Paint Schemes

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

Black Paint Schemes


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Flat Beautiful finish, easy to work with. Used on walls and used with spray gun for kitchen cabinets.
Date published: 2024-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chic Very chic. We used on kitchen units, and it creates a beautiful silhouette.
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Flat colour drench, incredible finish. Some friends and family were sceptical about my plan to paint walls, ceiling and woodwork of our living room in Off Black but they've since been converted to The Dark Side. We chose to use Dead Flat on all surfaces and it really couldn't have been easier to use and beginning with the Dark Tones Primer really helped in the application and the finish. We love it 🖤
Date published: 2024-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An elegant, cool black This is one of my very favourite colours from F&B, as it goes extremely well with other neutral and cool colours, like All White. We loved it so much on our wood railings using Estate Eggshell, that we decided to create a feature wall in our office using Dead Flat. It turned out amazing, the very slight cool blue/gray of Off Black worked perfectly on both the wall and wooden panels, elevating the room to an elegant end. As always, F&B never fails to amaze!
Date published: 2024-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The paint is the best you can buy , my wooden wardrobe doors look amazing
Date published: 2023-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off black - the perfect dramatic finish for stairs I recently chose a new stair runner to replace the previous one which had been damaged. I wanted to paint the stairs to a colour that would complement the stair runner and a friend suggested Off-black. I am delighted with the finished look. It’s the perfect dramatic colour but still has a soft and not too harsh feel to it. Just love it - so much so we decided to paint a piece of furniture in the hallway to match.
Date published: 2023-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oval Room Blue Dead Flat Great finish, went on beautifully with a small roller, completely transformed my old wardrobes.
Date published: 2023-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to paint cupboards Used this on some built-in cupboards. Beautiful colour and had a good level of sheen. One coat of primer and two of the modern egg-shell and the cupboards look like they were professionally wrapped.
Date published: 2023-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint, lovely when applied. Very vibrant Lovely all around, application was Beautiful.. Spot on
Date published: 2023-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super rich and sophisticated! My all time fav color. If black were a jewel tone it would be farrow and balls off- black
Date published: 2023-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen makeover Love this colour, makes my kitchen look fantastic!
Date published: 2023-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Black Great off- black, not harsh like straight black, would recommend.
Date published: 2023-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To my surprise I purchased a sample of this Off Black, never look at a color with a little swatch, I had decided not to use this color. When my husband painted the feature wall in our dining living space he picked up this color. It was finished when I returned home. The outcome is Gorgeous!
Date published: 2023-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect dark - not too harsh Dark with warmth. After a colour consultancy with Ross in Edinburgh, we’ve used off-black modern eggshell with school house white, mouses back and shaded white for our accents without the hallway/open plan kitchen living areas and really pleased with the colour and depth it provides without being overpowering
Date published: 2023-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I bought this few months ago and I am so glad of the results. I used it like accent wall and on the ceiling, the result is just incredible!
Date published: 2022-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great colour; difficult to use Fantastic colour, which is the darkest of greys/ soft black. I chose Off-Black full gloss to repaint a front door that was already a matt black, as I felt that black was a little harsh. In the tin the colour looked a few shades lighter - a mid grey - but it dried to the exact almost black I was hoping for. I found the gloss a little tricky to paint with as it was surprisingly both sticky and drippy, and it was only possible to go over it with the paintbrush/roller for the first 30 seconds or so, after that it was already too gloopy to paint over. But once I knew that, subsequent coats were applied with more care first time. I undercoated and primed with the recommended Dark Tones primer and undercoat. The first couple of coats looked quite weird as the gloss has an unnaturally glassy finish that seems more like a varnish than a paint, and the colour and finish dried up quite patchy, but the third coat gave a more flawless finish I am pleased with. 4 stars rather than 5 because of the difficulty in painting, and because it required 3 coats over the primer and undercoat, not the recommended two.
Date published: 2024-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... I bought a sample in estate emulsion and tried it on a radiator and it turned into a dark flat grey which I loved. So I bought the correct finish for wood and iran -estate eggshell- to paint all radiators but the colour is different from the sample. It is a shiny deep black. The colour seems to change depending on the finish and surfaces so it is a risk to buy a big can if you dont try it first. Deludente as I bought 2.5 lt and paid a fortune.
Date published: 2023-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Off black exterior paint We used Off black for our interior woodwork which was between black and charcoal. This which we painted our outbuilding bricks with looks like anthracite - maybe slightly lighter. It’s a grey basically
Date published: 2023-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shiny peeks GHOSTED BY CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Colour is nice so I painted my whole bathroom this colour. After about 2 week the peeks of the wall started going shiny. When I reached out to the company they wouldn’t give me an answer why it was happening and eventually just ghosted me when I said I didn’t have the empty paint can anymore to send then the purchase code even though I didn’t want a replacement. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE! I’ve reached out multiple times with zero response.
Date published: 2023-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Modern Eggshell, very disappointing Used off black modern eggshell to paint new staircase handrails and spindles over a dark grey undercoat. The paint is too thick to get a nice flat finish without showing brush strokes but yet has really poor coverage resulting in needing 3 coats which look like it has been applied too thickly. Not impressed at all, wish I’d used a different paint.
Date published: 2023-12-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the price The paint is super watery and takes a lot of coats to cover.
Date published: 2023-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Amazingly Poor Product This is not a professional product. Weeks after applying the paint it still sticks to any object that is placed on it. This paint was spec'd by an interior designer with no sense of the real world. If you want to get a finish that is reminiscent of early generation latex paint, that never really seems to dry, and really just is tedious and poorly designed... this is the paint for you.
Date published: 2023-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not black So off black that it’s dark blue, why would you like even advertise it with the word black in the name.
Date published: 2022-09-03

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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