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Farrow & Ball

Crafted in Dorset, Loved Worldwide

Farrow & Ball creates richly pigmented paint and handcrafted wallpaper, using only the finest ingredients and age-old methods. From heritage properties to modern homes, Farrow & Ball's unique palette and exceptional finishes bring walls to life.

Our History 

In the Beginning... Founded in Dorset in 1946 by John Farrow and Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball started with a shared passion for creating rich, high-quality colours using original formulations. Farrow, a trained chemist, and Ball, an engineer and WWII POW survivor, launched their endeavor with the support of their wives, Ena Rose and Peggy, who handled accounts and designed the first logo, respectively. 
Important Contracts Were Won Supplying paint for the Ford Motor Company, Raleigh Bicycles, the Admiralty, and the War Office, Farrow & Ball quickly made a name for itself. 
But Then, the Fire In the late 1960s, a devastating fire led to the relocation of Farrow & Ball to its current home near Wimborne, where we continue to craft our paints and wallpapers. 
Our Recipes Remained Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, while other companies turned to acrylic paints, Farrow & Ball maintained its traditional recipes and methods, staying true to our roots. 
A Decade of Firsts 
  • 1994: First independent stockist, Paint & Paper 
  • 1996: First flagship showroom on Fulham Road, London 
  • 1997: Began making artisanal wallpapers 
  • 1999: First overseas showroom in Toronto, followed by Paris and New York, and launched our website 
We Went Green In 2010, we transitioned to eco-friendly water-based finishes with low VOC, reaffirming our commitment to environmental responsibility. 
Going Digital We embraced the digital world with social media platforms and our online interiors magazine, The Chromologist. 
Our Colour Consultancy Goes Global In 2012, we expanded our in-home colour consultancy service globally, offering tailored design advice to transform interiors worldwide. 
And Today? Today, with more than 60 showrooms worldwide and a global network of stockists, Farrow & Ball continues to transform homes with its unique colours and finishes, all while remaining true to its Dorset roots. 

Colour Inspiration 

Discover the unique Farrow & Ball look. Our paints and wallpapers transform both modern and traditional homes. Explore our curated palettes, inspired by our rich history and commitment to quality.

The Collections

Carte Blanche

We give you Carte Blanche. Create a look you love with this capsule collection of pattern and colour, handcrafted by Farrow & Ball and bursting with Christopher John Rogers joy. The 12 new colours and three new wallpaper prints can be effortlessly combined for a unique look that delights this season and many more.  

Eleven New Colours

Meet 11 colours inspired by moments of joy, comfort and refreshment to bring delight to your decorating. The latest additions to our iconic colour card, these versatile shades range from flame red to delicate pink. With our signature richness, depth and extraordinary response to light, each one is unmistakably Farrow & Ball. 

All Paint Colours

Whether you prefer light and airy or dark and dramatic, timeless greens or popular pinks, we handcraft our colours with the finest ingredients for a deeper, richer look and an extraordinary response to light. Browse our curated collection below and start your adventure in colour. 

Our Commitment to Sustainability 

At Farrow & Ball, we are dedicated to producing eco-friendly paints and wallpapers. Our water-based finishes contain low VOCs, and our wallpapers are responsibly sourced. Learn more about our sustainable practices.

Eco-friendly Paint

The Finishes

Dead Flat

Our most matt finish with added toughness, take multi-surface Dead Flat® across your walls, woodwork and metal to surround yourself in signature Farrow & Ball colour. The new formulation is washable, wipeable and scuff resistant, making it ideal for hallways, living rooms and playrooms. Browse every colour available in our beautiful Dead Flat® finish below and start your project today.  

Modern Emulsion

Looking to transform your kitchen or bathroom? Or simply after a durable matt finish with the tiniest hint of sheen? Modern Emulsion is the one for you. A washable, wipeable wonder, this finish is scuff-proof and protected against mould, suitable for interior walls and ceilings. Browse our selection of colours available in Modern Emulsion below.  

Estate Emulsion

A true classic, Estate Emulsion is a chalky finish for interior walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas. Its distinctive matt finish minimises imperfections and brings added depth to our rich colours. Browse our range of colours available in this delicate but beautiful finish below. 

Modern Eggshell

Modern Eggshell is our toughest interior finish, adding colour and protection to 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. Browse every colour available in Modern Eggshell below and start your transformation. 

Estate Eggshell

Estate Eggshell is a washable, water based finish for interior wood and metal. Bring an understated elegance to your trim and furniture with this soft, low-shine finish for a classic way of decorating. Explore our selection of colours available in Estate Eggshell below.  

Full Gloss

For a touch of drama, super high-shine Full Gloss can be used to make a statement indoors on feature walls, woodwork and ceilings, or outside for glamorous front doors and metalwork. Browse the colours available in our highest shine finish below. 

Exterior Eggshell

From front doors and fences to pergolas and planters, Exterior Eggshell adds transformative colour to outdoor wood and metal. Staying flexible even when dry and with preservatives to prevent the growth of algae and fungi, this finish keeps your great outdoors looking great in all weathers. Browse our range of colours below to start your project.  

Exterior Masonry

Our Exterior Masonry creates colourful kerb appeal with a matt, protective layer for exterior brick and render. The long-lasting and water-resistant formula protects walls, while at the same time offering the highest level of permeability to let them breathe. Browse every colour available in our Exterior Masonry finish and bring your outdoors to life.