No. 268

Charlotte's Locks

Estate Emulsion

Charlotte's Locks is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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Estate Emulsion

This dramatic tone is named after our redheaded Creative Director.  

Estate Emulsion is a classic choice for low-traffic interior walls and ceilings. Very matt with a distinctive, chalky finish, it minimises imperfections and creates a beautiful depth of colour.

Complementary white: Strong White

Key features

Very matte

Very matte

Estate Emulsion is a very matte finish with a chalky 2% 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 matte. 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.

Classic, chalky look

Classic, chalky look 

A true classic, Estate Emulsion is a distinctive, chalky finish that minimises imperfections and creates beautiful depth of colour. Due to this unique texture, it’s best suited to less-busy areas without a lot of traffic.

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas 

Estate Emulsion is our classic finish for interior walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas. Gently wipeable but not washable.

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.

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: 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.


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
No.26
#3E4245
trim Colour Black Blue
No.95
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#C0BCB3
#87847F
#C0BCB3
accent Colour Purbeck Stone
No.275
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trim Colour Mole's Breath
No.276
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#F6F6F2
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accent Colour All White
No.2005
#E4E2DC
trim Colour Strong White
No.2001

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.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint I’ve been using Farrow and Ball paints for years the colour and ease of use is the best. Now and again I buy someone else’s paint and always regret it!
Date published: 2023-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Charlottes Locks! Gorgeous colour that I had always wanted to use and finally applied to an outdoor chair. It looks fabulous.
Date published: 2023-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlottes Locks and Bancha Mid Century Modern Fab I have wanted to use this colour for the longest time and finally used it on a Adirondack chair that a neighbour made for me. I painted one in Charlotte's Locks and the other in Bancha. Mid century modern fabulous.
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zing with depth My favourite colour of all F&B. Depth, clarity and application is second to none as with all F&B but this just has that ‘extra’ for me. It’s ‘zing’ with no sting!
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always perfection with F&B.Love this elegant zing Most beautiful colour, dream to use,finish perfect
Date published: 2023-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blood orange Dramatic change to room really worked. Updated room and colour words well with rustic wood
Date published: 2023-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte's Locks great colour!!! We did our bedroom with Charlotte's Locks and Elephants breath.
Date published: 2023-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goegeous colour, 3 coats needed I absolutely love this colour, adds a vibrant warmth to a dark hallway. On the advice of F&B i actually used an eggshell on the wall, to give a higher sheen and bounce the light better, which really helps too. One star deducted because ive needed 3 coats (and therefore a second pot of paint) to get a smooth coverage, 2 coats was still really patchy. Made it a more expensive project than planned.
Date published: 2023-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as vibrant as hoped Bought this without a tester in dead flat, I do love the finish the dead flat gives. Needed 3 coats, the coverage didn’t seem as good as over FB colours. Kinda reminds me of tomato soup! I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t more of a vibrant orange colour, has a lot of red/ brown in it. Don’t know if I got a funny batch? Have paired with Strong White on the other walls and All White trim. Overall am pleased.
Date published: 2023-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lovely colour but.... The colour in itself is a particularly wonderful orange colour, with a warm depth and a softness that you don’t often get with oranges. However, the application was a nightmare. We applied this on a stairwell, with modern emulsion. We applied one coat of the correct primer and then after four coats of the emulsion we managed to call it a day, although in certain lights one can still see a tiny bit of primer showing through! This is ridiculous by any stretch of the imagination! If you wanted to use this colour, I would suggest either applying enough coats of the primer so that the primer colour is totally even all over, or else apply the orange over a white or light coloured wall. The problem is that the paint is incredibly transparent and the primer is quite a dark reddish colour which keeps showing through the top coats if the primer is not applied until you have a completely even finish with the undercoat. I’m glad we only used this on a small area!
Date published: 2022-10-14