No. 256

Pitch Black

Full Gloss

Pitch Black is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
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Full Gloss

A true black that is named after the dark sticky residue of coal tar used in roofing.  

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: Dimpse

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

Complementary white: DimpseComplementary white: Dimpse


Dimpse is a delicate grey with subtle blue undertones that work particularly well in modern architectural spaces.
Find out more about Dimpse No.277

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 Cornforth White
trim Colour Purbeck Stone
accent Colour Wevet
trim Colour Ammonite
accent Colour Mole's Breath
trim Colour Pigeon

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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 No. 256 is the new black it goes further than you think and great coverage, I love that I can use it on multi surfaces and have with great results.. it is pricey but you get what you pay for “quality”
Date published: 2024-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour and finish Lovely paint. I wasn't going to pick this finish, but I will now, as the sample is lovely. Nice colour - quite a blue shade black. Will definitely buy a bigger tub.
Date published: 2024-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Used as trim color for Dayton yellow. Dramatic contrast that added a high level of sophistication and uniqueness to the space. Very happy with the results
Date published: 2024-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted Lovely paint and perfect for the look I was after for my fireplace.
Date published: 2024-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cellar to speakeasy We’ve recently done up a worn looking cellar in our Victorian terrace to a useable space using pitch black in full gloss and hague blue in estate emulsion and are absolutely thrilled with the results! Full gloss should ensure the wooden beams don’t chip and reflects light in the room perfectly, giving the cosy speakeasy feel we were after, would highly recommend!
Date published: 2024-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best paint Beautiful paint. Goes on very nicely and looks fantastic. You get what you pay for
Date published: 2023-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should I paint my staircase black? I used pitch black dead flat. To paint a staircase, I left the handrail and posts in their teak finish until I tested hand marks on the paint. 2 days later I painted the handrail & posts / and I use the rail several times a day. I am 100% happy.
Date published: 2023-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely quality colour Used it to paint some internal glass frames. Lovely paint, goes on easily and is good quality.
Date published: 2023-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Living black Great color — a subtle black that’s sonetines purplish, sonetimes brownish, always responsive to light
Date published: 2023-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pitch Black Love the depth of the black with absolutely no shine ! I thought the texture being so mat, would show up scuff or finger marks - we painted are old front door with its lots of imperfections and somehow with it being so flat it’s kinda hidden them !! With lovely new door accessories the front door has been given a new lease of life and looks very smart and stylish !
Date published: 2023-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved using this paint! I painted a wooden side table in this colour and I am so pleased I did. I used a black primer, and really took my time but the paint went on like a dream, used two coats (but could have gotten away with one). No paint odours, which was really nice because I painted this in my small living room.
Date published: 2023-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic quality, amazing colour I painted my front door and thrilled with the finish
Date published: 2023-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! Best paint ever A neighbour recommended your number 256 to paint the railing of our stairs as we were looking for a nice black paint to update them. After using other brands I couldn't imagine the difference when I used yours! What a wonderful experience. My stairs look brand new, the new texture of the wood is just amazing and it doesn't really have any smell while you are painting. It has been such a change that I decided to update the radiators too. Oh boy, your paint is not cheap, but you get exceptional quality for what you pay. You have gained a forever customer here ;)
Date published: 2023-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful finish! Beautiful rich finish! Slightest velvety sheen of the pitch black color is absolutely beautiful. Couldn't be happier with the result.
Date published: 2023-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pitch Black fantastic colour perfect for the exterior of my house i wanted a black black so this is great i have so many compliments since its been painted
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect black Bought this in an eggshell finish for woodwork and doors. Usual F&B quality and the colour is the right shade of black - for anyone who has searched for the right shade of black, you will know what I mean
Date published: 2023-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the money Very average product, would take minimum of three coats to cover
Date published: 2024-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A pity This paint went on beautifully as Farrow and Ball products always do. However I was disappointed with the high sheen finish when it had dried. It's Estate Eggshell with a 20% gloss level but it's much shinier than that. I had to paint over it with a Dulux Eggshell product to achieve the finish I wanted. A shame.
Date published: 2024-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eternal drying time I used Pitch Black Estate Eggshell to paint some fitted shelves. I used the F&B dark tones primer and followed all the instructions. This was three weeks ago. Still tacky to the touch and can't actually put anything on the shelves for fear of ruining the paint job or the item itself. Finishing off the job has become impossible to do without leaving permanent prints on the paintwork, I am aware that darker tones take longer to cure and i've been pretty patient, but three weeks? Lovely colour though. I'd give it 5 stars for the colour but only 1 for practical useability. Looks like plenty of people didn't have the same problem, so maybe i got a dodgy tin. Frustrating!
Date published: 2023-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sample process ordering needs to be clearer I wanted a sample of the flat finish but got emulsion
Date published: 2024-05-22
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