No. 253

Drawing Room Blue

Archive Collection: Drawing Room Blue is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
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   Now available to sample. Order a 230mm x 190mm colour page, made with Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion for 100% colour accuracy.

A clean blue hue

This rich blue is less purple than Pitch Blue and livelier than navy Stiffkey Blue. Inspired by the formal rooms to which ladies would traditionally retire after dinner, Drawing Room Blue has a clean, graphic feel that works particularly well alongside Pitch Black and Incarnadine. When contrasted with All White on woodwork, it gains a regal edge, looking deeper and more intense.

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

Complementary white: Blackened

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. 


Complementary White

Complementary white: BlackenedComplementary white: Blackened

Blackened

Our coolest white, with the slightest hint of grey, Blackened sits perfectly with each of our Architectural Neutrals for a minimal look or stronger industrial feel.
Find out more about Blackened No.2011

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

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

#465172
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accent Colour Skylight
No.205
#B0BEC6
trim Colour Parma Gray
No.27
#465172
#9C4547
#3D3C3C
#9C4547
accent Colour Incarnadine
No.248
#3D3C3C
trim Colour Pitch Black
No.256
#465172
#F6F6F2
#DBDBDA
#F6F6F2
accent Colour All White
No.2005
#DBDBDA
trim Colour Blackened
No.2011

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 Favourite Blues

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 blue shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Inchyra Blue, Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deepest Blue - gorgeous. The product photos don't do Drawing Room Blue justice. It is an extraordinarily deep blue with hints of red. Most of the F&B blue paints have a lot of green in them (and a few of them, IMO, are actually green). This is one of the few that doesn't and it is a beauty. I used it in Full Gloss finish and the results were like glass. Paired it with Winbourne White - perfect.
Date published: 2023-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great colour. Poor Customer Service. I ordered a number of paint colours to redecorate a panelled room in a Georgian Town house. I used 'Drawing Room Blue' for the walls, which is a fantastic colour & finish, which I'm pleased with. I ordered 2 x 5L tins as I wasn't sure how much I would need. As it transpires I didn't need the second tin (which remains unopened and in the original packaging) but I do require a little more to complete the second coat. I asked F&B to kindly exchange the 5L tin for a 2.5L tin but they have refused because it falls outside of their 28 day policy. It's utterly astonishing that a brand such as F&B, that prides itself on the quality of their product, do not take the same approach to customer service & experience. I have an entire house to renovate and I will no doubt be spending a lot of money on paint over the next few years. I think it's rather shortsighted of F&B to quibble over an exchange. Disappointing. Well, there are other paint brands, afterall.
Date published: 2023-12-04