No. 217

Rectory Red

Rectory Red is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 9.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
  • Free Delivery on all Sample Pots

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A rich red

This rich clean red is named after the charming village houses built over the years for the clergy. Rectory Red is a blackened and aged version of Blazer and feels much more sophisticated, especially when contrasted with Red Based Neutrals such as Joa’s White. It is a warming colour which will intensify when used in a small space to create the most welcoming of rooms.

Complementary white: Strong White

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

Complementary white: Strong WhiteComplementary white: Strong White

Strong White

One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.  Find out more about Strong White No.2001

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

Red & Warm Tones

Our Red & Warm Tones Primer & Undercoat is the perfect first step towards truly cosy colour schemes. Based on the shade Porphyry Pink, it makes topcoats look even richer, so you can enjoy the fullest expression of your chosen hue.

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 Down Pipe
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trim Colour Pitch Black
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accent Colour London Clay
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trim Colour Tanner's Brown
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accent Colour Strong White
No.2001
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trim Colour Great White
No.2006

Inspiration for your project

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Study Ideas

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Nursery Ideas

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Sample Our Favourite Reds

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 red shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Picture Gallery Red, Rectory Red and Preference Red.



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 Red Paint Colours

Ranging from understated near-grey to deep plum, our purple palette offers an array of styles and moods.

Red Paint Colours

Discover Red Paint Schemes

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

Red Paint Schemes


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! Rectory Red was the perfect shade to set off my grandmother’s portrait and our William Morris rug, as well as the real plaster ceiling and walls. The matte finish and complex pigments create a rich, velvety look that works in daylight and nighttime.
Date published: 2023-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Multiple coats needed… After 3 coats (dead flat) on top of warm/red primer, there were still select areas that needed a 4th coat. This is the only F&B color we’ve had an issue with.
Date published: 2024-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uncharacteristically poor for F&B Finish lacked depth and shine. Now having to rework with paint from another manufacturer.
Date published: 2024-04-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not exactly 'high coverage'. Also arrived damaged. The paint arrived with no clips or tape for the lid and with wet paint all over the outside of the tin and plastic bag. Coverage was extremely poor. After one coat of primer undercoat red tones, four coats were required. The finish is certainly not Dead Flat, there is significant shine to the surface.
Date published: 2023-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor I have used Farrow and Ball for my kitchen was very happy with it so decided to paint my sitting room got a match pot loved the colour. So brought a tin of modern enmulsion. I have used the correct undercoat but after 3 coats it still looks a right mess it very streaky and can see the match pot sample still under it even after rubbing it down
Date published: 2022-11-22
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