Behind the Colour: Cromarty

Written on 9th June 2022

Walls: Cromarty No.285; Headboard: Blue Gray No.91 | Photographer: Nicolas Matheus


Name and number: Cromarty No.285

Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary White: Shadow White



For Scottish residents or dedicated listeners of the Shipping Forecast – a late-night staple of British broadcasting used to warn sailors about impending storms – the name Cromarty will be very familiar. For everyone else, here’s a little background on one of our most popular shades.

Cromarty’s namesake is the Cromarty Firth, an estuary in northern Scotland famed for its swirling mists and mentioned on the Shipping Forecast every day. A complex blend of green and grey, this atmospheric colour conjures up the feeling of stormy seas and salty air.

Fun fact: The entrance to the Cromarty Firth is marked by the ‘Sutors of Cromarty’. These two headlands are the subject of local legend; the story goes they were home to two giant sutors – or shoemakers – who used to throw tools to one another across the water.


One of the easiest places to start when creating a scheme is with complementary neutrals. As Cromarty features a generous helping of grey, pair it with other neutrals that also have a grey touch, like Shaded White and Shadow White, to create a relaxed space.

The transitional nature of Cromarty, floating somewhere between grey and green, means it pairs perfectly with colours that sit in a similar, middle ground. For an uplifting scheme, partner it with the strong blue grey of Pigeon and the softer green grey of Mizzle.

Cromarty can also be a great addition to a bolder, colour-led palette. For a cosy, intimate space, try pairing it with Green Smoke and Salon Drab.


One of the best ways to find colour inspiration is through your fellow décor lovers. See how our users have brought an understated elegance to their walls, woodwork and furniture with Cromarty.

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