No. 85

Oval Room Blue

75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
  • Free Delivery on all Sample Pots

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A darkened historic blue

Oval Room Blue is the most blackened of our blues, giving it a subtly aged feel. Named after the attractively shaped rooms of the late 18th century, it sits perfectly with our popular greys to create depth and balance in either a hall or a darker, cosier family room.

Complementary white: Ammonite

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: AmmoniteComplementary white: Ammonite

Ammonite

Neither too warm nor too cool, Ammonite's subtle grey tone creates a hushed and calming feel in homes both old and new.
Find out more about Ammonite No.274 .

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

Mid Tones

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades.

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

#889B9B
#45494C
#58686A
#45494C
accent Colour Railings
No.31
#58686A
trim Colour Inchyra Blue
No.289
#889B9B
#CFCBC4
#C0BCB3
#CFCBC4
accent Colour Cornforth White
No.228
#C0BCB3
trim Colour Purbeck Stone
No.275
#889B9B
#87847F
#D9C0AE
#87847F
accent Colour Mole's Breath
No.276
#D9C0AE
trim Colour Setting Plaster
No.231

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.

Compare colours

Our paint colours all share an extraordinary response to light, revealing nuanced undertones and shifting in intensity as the light changes throughout the day. It's what makes our paint truly exceptional. Trying a sample pot pack is the best way to ensure you're finding the perfect colour for your space.

 

Oval Room Blue
No.85

Cooler Shades

If you're looking to create a cooler space, our colour experts recommend also sampling these two additional colours to ensure you find the perfect shade for your project.

Sample selection includes:

Oval Room Blue No.85
Borrowed Light No.235
Light Blue No.22


Darker Shades

For those wishing to curate a more intimate and moody atmosphere, our colour experts suggest considering these two alternative hues to help you discover the ideal shade.

Sample selection includes:

Oval Room Blue No.85
Selvedge No.306
Inchyra Blue No.289




View All Blue Paint Colours

When it comes to creating colour schemes, blue paint is one of the most versatile options around. In some spaces it evokes calm and serenity, while in others it’s cosy and dramatic.

 

Discover Blue Paint Schemes

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