Overall Review of Farrow Ball Products

Updated May 2, 2024 | Posted Aug 27, 2018 | Professional insight, Product Advice | 2 comments

I’m Graham and I have been in the decorating trade for over thirty years. We have been using Farrow and Ball products for twelve of those years. When pricing a job, I understand each of the Farrow and Ball paint products generally takes an extra coat. I explain this to my client and point out the extra cost in both labour and materials. As a whole, I love the brand and achieve stunning effects with is. So much so, I thought I’d take the time to sit down and write a review of all the Farrow and Ball products. You can buy all these products online, or hundreds of different outlets around the UK. Click here to see online prices.

When used correctly the finish you can achieve with Farrow and Ball is second to none!! It may seem alien to a lot of decorators, but you must use the appropriate primer when using estate or modern emulsion. The paint is a completely Eco friendly and breathable, which helps with longevity. I have been back to jobs 8 years after I have completed them to find rich colours which have not faded. This is partly down to the pigment levels in Farrow and Ball paint which are far higher than alternative products. If you are doing a large project, why skimp on cheaper paint? You get what you pay for. If you colour match into a lesser brand like Dulux or Johnstone’s, you will not achieve the same unique finish. Again, I explain all this to my clients


I know Farrow and Ball products tend to get very mixed reviews from decorators, but I genuinely believe this is down to the tradesman not taking the time to learn about the paint. These products are a premium price and I can understand the frustration of having to apply an additional coat of paint, however Farrow and Ball is the market leader in the UK for designer paints for a reason.


My Farrow and Ball Paint Review


Farrow and Ball Estate emulsion

This paint has its own unique finish which cannot be replicated when using any other brand. You’ll find it completely flat, chalky and rich, brilliant for period properties. Not very durable though unfortunately. Use a long-pile roller to apply this paint to avoid dragging.


Farrow and Ball Modern emulsion

This has a higher sheen level, but is washable and moisture resistant which makes it suitable in high traffic areas and kitchens, etc. If you have pets or children, then I’d recommend this product over the estate. You’ll find it easy to apply too, which is a bonus. Unlike some other matt emulsions with a high sheen level, you’ll never notice issues with picture framing and roller marks like you do with some other durable emulsions.


Farrow and Ball Modern eggshell

This is their old floor paint and is recommended for woodwork and floors. It is a lot tougher than other waterbased eggshells and levels off beautifully. It is my favourite paint for kitchen worktops or old furniture. A brilliant product. I genuinely look forward to using it when I know I have it on an upcoming job.


Farrow and Ball wallpaper

This is both unique, robust and easy to hang. They are generally non-woven and represent great value for money. In fact, they’re better quality than some wall coverings which are twice the price!!


They also do a colour consultancy which is awesome. No pretentious interior designers trying to be something they are not. You are met with a designer who knows each farrow and ball product and colour intimately. Contact Farrow and Ball directly if you’re interested in this.

Without going into too much detail, they are my honest thoughts on each Farrow and Ball product. Prices at most outlets are the same. Click here to view product range.

This Review was Written by Graham Halpenny – Professional Painter and Decorator

Updated May 2, 2024 | Posted Aug 27, 2018 | 2 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.


  1. peter gibson

    I’ve been using the modern emulsion on a few jobs recently and I find it very poor for coverage ,the price of the paint is an issue too, its well over price for what it is worth.

  2. Gary

    Never had any issues with F&B. A lot of my customers insist on it.


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