No. CC1

Tar

Modern Eggshell

California Collection: Tar is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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Modern Eggshell

Capturing the off-black shade of sun-baked desert highways, this deep yet restrained neutral is soft enough to envelop a whole room.

Modern Eggshell is our toughest interior finish, adding lasting colour and protection to interior wood, metal and concrete. It’s even tough enough for floors and kitchen cabinets.

This product is archived and made to order, which means samples aren't available and orders cannot be refunded or returned.

Complementary white: Salt

Key features

Mid sheen

Mid sheen

Our super-tough mid shine finish with a 40% 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 interior wood, metal and concrete

For interior wood, metal and concrete

Add colour and protection to interior wood, metal, and concrete surfaces. This ultra-durable eggshell is even tough enough for floors, and can be used throughout the home on skirting, doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and radiators.

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.

Tough enough for floors

Tough enough for floors

This ultra-durable eggshell is even tough enough for interior wooden and concrete floors. 

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.

Our most durable finish

Our most durable finish

Modern Eggshell is our toughest finish — it’s even suitable for floors. Formulated by our experts using the finest ingredients, it’s washable, wipeable and stands up to scuffs or scrapes.

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: SaltComplementary white: Salt

Salt

This soft white is inspired by the chicory coffee popular in New Orleans, often served with steamed milk.
Find out more about Salt No.CC5

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

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accent Colour Light Sand
No.CC2
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trim Colour Citrona
No.CC3
#535353
#93908A
#DACB7B
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accent Colour Stoke
No.CC7
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trim Colour Citrona
No.CC3
#535353
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#DFB797
#93908A
accent Colour Stoke
No.CC7
#DFB797
trim Colour Faded Terracotta
No.CC8

Sample Our Archive Collection 

The only way to sample all 142 colours in our archive collection, our Archive Colour Fan is the perfect design resource for those looking to sample beyond our Signature Palette.

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.



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 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 Great color Great color. A deep, dark, gray that is almost black. The paint applied easily and we love the finish.
Date published: 2023-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing, warm, cozy color I seriously love it so much. I did so much research on paint and I know I could have color matched but it would be so flat in comparison. the matte finish with the way they formulate the color makes the color shift throughout the day and it’s GORGEOUS. I usually get good coverage with two (and always three). This one took two. I know it’s a lot for some people but I usually do two to three coats with regular paint anyway. I love it. It did exactly what I wanted to this room
Date published: 2023-05-29
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