No. 281

Stiffkey Blue

Modern Eggshell

Stiffkey Blue is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 32.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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Modern Eggshell

This inky blue is named after the north Norfolk beach where the mud, along with the cockles, has a particular blue hue.  

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.


Complementary white: Ammonite

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: AmmoniteComplementary white: 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.

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

accent Colour Cornforth White
trim Colour Purbeck Stone
accent Colour Wevet
trim Colour Ammonite
accent Colour Mole's Breath
trim Colour Off-Black

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 Stiffkey Blue bedroom We used Stiffkey Blue for our main bedroom. I really like the dead flat finish.
Date published: 2024-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stiffkey blue bedroom So pleased with my sons room, decorated with Stiffkey blue
Date published: 2023-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep inky blue Not as harsh as some navy blues, a lovely warm inky blue
Date published: 2023-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The wonder of Farrow and Ball Excellent quality paint, easy to apply and a beautiful finish
Date published: 2023-11-13
Date published: 2023-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour! Absolutely in love in this colour. Love our new bedroom walls!
Date published: 2023-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Bedroom Blue Wanted a beautiful blue bedroom and did ceiling, window wells, and doors in Stiffkey and it makes me happy every day.
Date published: 2023-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color, beautiful paint! Beautiful color - sophisticated and the dead flat finish is so pigment rich. Just stunning in our living room. Highly recommend the color and the finish. Took 2 coats of paint, but was wonderful to work with. Not drippy and no real odor when working with the paint.
Date published: 2023-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophisticated Blue Really excellent strong sophisticated colour. A blue for the manor house. Or our home!
Date published: 2023-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillisnt blue Lovely soft inky blue. Great backdrop for our new kitchen
Date published: 2023-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb colour and depth Superb Colour and depth. Easy to apply and great finish
Date published: 2023-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous paint Beautiful paint. Applies evenly and has a slight sheen. Very happy with the result
Date published: 2023-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect to create a memorable bathroom Paired with Blazer in a holiday let to create something a little crazy (but definitely not forgettable)
Date published: 2023-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Beautiful colour. Covers brilliantly. Love the finish!
Date published: 2023-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent colour blue , not too dark Absolutely love this blue , painted 3 walls all same blue looks amazing
Date published: 2023-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Shade Of Blue Really pleased with the colour , it’s a nice deep and rich blue. We was going to have wallpaper where we painted with Stiffkey Blue but glad we went with the paint option to compliment the Ammonite and Manor House Gray. We wouldn’t use any other paint but Farrow And Ball now , we’re converted.
Date published: 2023-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a low light room, very navy! We bought samples of De Nimes and Stiffkey blue for our nursery. In our room, which is low on natural night, Stiffkey reads as a true navy with hints of matte grey/black. It’s very beautiful and classic looking. (For more details, De Nimes in that room was quite grey with a blue/green hint).
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hallway I’ve turned our hallway from bright red throughout to Dimpse downstairs and used Stiffkey Blue for the feature wall. Decided to paint the cloakroom in the same colour. Very happy with the result, used modern emulsion as a high traffic area.
Date published: 2022-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! It has transformed my lounge. The colour is amazing. I would recommend.
Date published: 2022-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought it may be too dark but couldn't be happier Love F and B paint and have a house full of different colours. This was a new addition to the front room which is a light south facing room but it makes it so cosy, ceiling in purbeck stone and paintwork white
Date published: 2022-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unparalleled colour I'm so pleased I bought a tester of this colour to compare to other paint, the quality of colour in Farrow and Ball paint is just so much better. Easy to paint, slightly drippy if not careful, 2 coats sufficient, doesn't bleed under delicate frog tape (thank goodness!).
Date published: 2022-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful color but marks easily We used this in our hall and then again in our master bedroom. It’s beautiful and not too dark. It goes one well although both rooms did need three coats. The paint marks easily so be prepared to do the odd touch up over time.
Date published: 2022-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely finish but prefer modern emulsion I was excited to try this new paint but unfortunately I was disappointed. It may have been the extreme summer heat but the paint was drying out so fast I could barely spread it. I needed a second tin to finish my one wall, it needed 3 coats. The finish is lovely though as always with F&B. It really is very Matt.
Date published: 2023-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not recommended Color and finish are gorgeous. But the paint did not apply well. It just slipped around and left behind streaks and spots. Also the pail started leaking out of the bottom. Very disappointed. I ended up getting a color match at a local paint store and did the second coat with a different brand.
Date published: 2023-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely disappointed I tried to order some more samples, of some new colors because I'm not getting the color just right that I wanted. They will not send me samples of the new colors except on paper. Which does not make sense to me. If I'm going to pay almost $150 for a can of paint they should at least be able to supply me sample paint for it. I was going to order three gallons of paint but now I'm not. Unless I can get the samples. I'm not paying $8 for paper samples.
Date published: 2023-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't comment I can't really comment on the paint as when it was delivered it had leaked everywhere and the tin was dented so I can't get the lid back on. F&B have offers to replace it.
Date published: 2023-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Welcome in My Shop. If you like a paint that clogs up your shop for 2 weeks, you will love Farrow and Ball. It literally took two weeks to dry in my shop. If it was handled at all there would be fingerprints and rub marks on the paint. It's also picky to apply although I can handle that at my level of coatings experience.
Date published: 2023-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nice colour but not for for purpose Applied the paint 5 days ago. It’s been 20+ degrees all week and the first coat still hasn’t dried. Saw some other reviews had this issue but foolishly I decided to give it a try. Ah well, luckily it’s only £120 a tin!
Date published: 2023-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Marks easily Love the color, but marks easily and paint comes off the wall when you try to clean it.
Date published: 2022-10-14