12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors For The Perfect English Kitchen




Remember the other day with the none-white kitchen post, when there were several requests for the Farrow and Ball kitchen cabinet colors used by De VOL kitchens?

Well, actually, De VOL  found the post because they are super on the ball, social media-wise and asked me if it would be all right to keep me in the loop. Of course it would be all right!

And then, I seized upon the opportunity to ask as politely as possible if they might part with the Farrow and Ball colors they used for their standard colors?

Oh, pretty please with a dollop of clotted cream on top?

By the way, have you ever had authentic English scones with clotted cream? If not, then you’ve missed out on one of the most heavenly things you will ever put in your mouth.

But, this was the answer:


Regarding our Shaker colours, although they are based on those Farrow and Ball kitchen cabinet colours they are not the same. We mix all the paint ourselves so we would really prefer you not to publish this information as they’re similar but are not a colour match. I hope you understand. Best wishes, L


I had a feeling this would be their answer and I don’t love them any less for it.

It also didn’t stop me.


This is what I live for!

Detective work. Some people like panning for gold.

I get my jollies out of panning for paint colors; especially top-secret paint colors. hehe…

Much of it already out there, one just needs to take the time to find it.

But, before I reveal the goodies, please note that colors can vary from dye-lots and they will almost definitely look different in your home than they do on your computer monitor, so please test, test, test!


Here Are the 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Looks like Down Pipe

Let’s begin with my tall, dark, handsome, mysterious hunk from De VOL that I’m mad about.  Well, I’ve looked at many images, and I do know that the English are bonkers over Farrow and Ball Down Pipe.

And for a very good reason. It’s a wonderful color!


But, here’s the deal with Down Pipe;


it looks different in every photo I see. I’ve seen it look almost pastel to almost black. But usually, it’s a dark gray-blue-green or dark gray-green-blue.


DeVOL kitchen - Plummette Farrow and Ball Classic English Kitchen

This one, from De Vol, I did find out is Plummett which is a more medium-dark gray-blue-green.



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Shaded White

De VOL Kitchens


Shaded White is one of those colors that changes from a kind of soft cream, to a dirty cream, to a warm gray-green. I love colors like that and it’s a wonderful color to warm up a dreary, cold kitchen.



De VOL Kitchens - Railings - 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English KitchenDe VOL Kitchens

Railings is definitely one of the De Vol colors. On the card it looks black, but it’s really the darkest navy possible.


There’s a phenomenon that I’ve discovered over the years but I’ve never heard anyone talk about it.


But, depending on the direction of the light and especially if there are a lot of windows, the lower cabinets can look a LOT lighter than the upper cabinets. So, some of these dark colors if only on the lowers, will look lighter than they might look on the wall, for instance.


Humphrey Munson Kitchens 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Railings on the island

Railings on an island in a kitchen by Humphrey Munson who Emily T turned me on to after Wednesday’s post. OMG. You must check out their instagram account. But go grab a drool bucket first.


Note: March 2019, I have subsequently found out that the colors may be similar to some Farrow and Ball colors, however, Humphrey Munson has their own proprietary colors.


The perimeter cabinets are in H|M Half Windsor and the Island in H|M Helm


via One Kind Design

Designer: Theresa Rowe

I think this would make a fabulous butler’s pantry with the black subway tile.


Farrow and Ball Railings

Lanna Mobler

Railings is a terrific color for exterior trim too.



Sarah Sherman Samuel


Seriously, this is the most clever thing ever. Sarah is installing custom doors over Ikea cabinets.


And yes, they are in Farrow and Ball’s Pigeon, which is a medium-dark-gray-blue-green. There’s tons of info in Sarah’s link about the process, the before images… Great blog!


Sarah Sherman Samuel - 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Pigeon

Here’s the finished kitchen. The uppers are Wimborne White.



humphrey munson - farrow and ball classic english kitchen cornforth white

Humphrey Munson

Well, it’s not really white, but it sure is one of the loveliest grays in the universe.

(note: 3/2019 The paint color is H|M Lapel)


A lovely kitchen from Maple and Gray.

Another UK manufacturer of bespoke kitchens. And they also give out their paint colors.



Lewis Alderson Kitchens - 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Pavilion Gray

Lewis Alderson

Farrow and Ball’s Pavilion Gray stays pretty true to gray and is absolutely gorgeous. Just like this kitchen.


Sustainable Kitchens

This is a really nice website and they DO give a lot of the Farrow and Ball cabinet colors that they’re using for their kitchens.


Well, I don’t see the big deal. If folks want to work with the company, they’ll still work with the company and if they never were and are only repainting or something, it’ll make them think fondly of the vendor and perhaps recommend them to someone. Just my thoughts.


Lewis Alderson is another beautiful English cabinet company. Someone said again that they are worried that in a kitchen with no uppers, there won’t be enough storage. No, there is usually MORE storage. Or, perhaps I should say, more efficient storage. This unfitted pantry is a wonderful example of that.



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - French Gray

Neptune Kitchens

French Gray is similar to Pavilion but with a soupcon of blue-green which is also very, very pretty and classic; just a little more color. And please check out Neptune Kitchens. Really pretty!



De Vol Farrow and Ball Classic English Kitchen Dark Green Looks like Studio Green

Okay, Everyone loves this De VOL kitchen even if they don’t like dark green. There’s just something so luxuriant in this color.


By the way, did you know that De VOL spelled backwards is LOVED? It’s not intentional, I don’t think.


I looked at all of the greens. Hmmm… I even looked at the archived greens. Hmmm… again.

The one I kept going back to was Studio Green, but it is VERY dark on the chip and quite dark in most images. But the one below, came from the Farrow and Ball Website and looks like an exact match. So, let’s just go with that one.

For reference, please also check out Melissa Tardiff’s gorgeous green kitchen.


I’m not saying that it is… Please test. For Studio Green to lighten up this much, it would need to be in a very bright room!


De VOL Kitchens - 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - custom mix similar to Studio Green



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen-Lisa Gutow Design English Classic Kitchen Farrow and Ball Cromarty

Lisa Gutow


Cromarty is a pale watery, gray-green which was introduced to the line about a year ago.

If you want to see the other eight new colors, please click here.



Farrow and Ball Lamproom Gray - 12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen

original source unknown.


Oh my, how handsome is this kitchen with Lamp Room Gray Cabinets!


It’s another classic– a rich sophisticated gray with just the right amount of blue and green.



De VOL Kitchens

Wimborne White is my favorite F & B white. It’s just warm and lovely. A true white classic. It’s counterpart in Benjamin Moore is Simply White.


12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen - Wimborne White

Another stunner from Humphrey Munson. Love the white on white. And the wood pantry is a stunning addition. I also love the antique mirror backsplash behind the range.

(March 2019 – The cabinets are Linen by H|M and the accent wood Westminster Oak (a custom smoked oak finish)



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors -hague-blue-Skye-Gyngell-British-Standard-Cupboard - Photo by: Alexis Hamilton

British Standard Kitchens

Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue is my favorite navy, if I had to pick a favorite. There is no exact match in Benjamin Moore. It’s a rich, saturated navy with a welcome note of green, but stays just shy from being teal. British Standard Cupboards has another lovely instagram account



12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors - For the perfect English Kitchen


Please have a beautiful Sunday and rest of your weekend!



PS: If you are looking for the Benjamin Moore Equivalents to these Farrow and Ball Colors,

Please Click Here for the 2018 updates.

and, here for the 2016.







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  • Christine - April 2, 2017 - 9:40 AM

    I just revisited this post… there are so many images I just love! I can sit and look at these pics forever. They inspire. They can take me from a sour mood to a dreamy mood in no time at all. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 2, 2017 - 11:13 AM

      Hi Christine,

      I feel the same way. It’s like getting a new kitchen without all of the pain! hahaReplyCancel

  • Charisse - February 5, 2017 - 5:43 PM

    My husband has been hunting for that exact blue and we couldn’t find the color in Benjamin Moore. You’ve nailed it for us!! We are redoing our kitchen and doing large 8ft x 6ft island in Railings. Do you think Shaded White would be a good compliment color for our surrounding kitchen cabinets (i.e. uppers and lowers)?

    Thank you in advance!


    • Laurel Bern - February 5, 2017 - 10:06 PM

      Hi Charisse,

      I’m sorry, and no worries, you’re like the 7th person today on different posts, but I can’t give out paint recommendations for rooms I’m not standing in.

      Hope you’ll understand. It’s a common misconception that we are able to do that. But it’s just like a doctor has to see you if you are sick. They never diagnose over the phone.

  • Susie - January 31, 2017 - 10:43 AM

    another color I found that resembles the Martha Stewart putty color is Benjamin Moore’s “Brookdale Brown.” Have a happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 31, 2017 - 10:55 AM

      Hi Susie,

      Brookdale Brown is a Darryl Carter color that’s been renamed, not a unique color. (eyes rolling, because all it does is create more confusion for the consumer, IMO) It’s the same as Bennington Gray HC-82. That’s a great color too, and definitely in the same family of drab khaki shades.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - January 30, 2017 - 4:47 PM

    Laurel, did you ever track down an equivalent paint for the French Green island that someone mentioned in the previous blog? I’m dying to know what is is–have a kitchen to design!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 30, 2017 - 7:37 PM

      Hi Barbara,

      I’m not sure which one, but that looks a lot like F&B Blue Gray which is one up from Pigeon. I had a client do Blue Gray on her island and it is very pretty, but look at Pigeon too if it’s just the island.

      French gray is also lovely and Vert De Terre. Just depends on the lighting and what else is going on.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - January 30, 2017 - 12:40 PM

    I adore the idea of painting the lower cabinets a dark color and the upper cabinets a light color or white. Guess which ones will get kicked and smudged and damaged the most? That is so practical. And it’s lovely! I am glad we are no longer in an era of matchy-matchy – in clothing, rooms, or anything else. So much more interesting (and more practical, too).ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 30, 2017 - 7:18 PM

      It’s a great look and keeps things from being too heavy, I think.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - January 30, 2017 - 12:38 PM

    Now that we are dying to paint our kitchen cabinets, what is the best way to paint them? Whether we do it ourselves, or hire out the job, it would be good to know how it’s done right. Can the paint be brushed on? Must it be sprayed on? Thanks for all the inspiration and information. This is my favorite and ONLY decorating site.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 30, 2017 - 7:17 PM

      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks so much!

      It depends. It depends what’s there already, the skill of the painter, the amount of perfection that you are seeking, etc. But if he’s not willing to take all of the steps of sanding in between light coats, I’d probably spray the cabinets. Priming is a must with a light sand after that. ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - January 30, 2017 - 12:27 AM

    Love all the F&B colors. Have you seen the deVol Trinity Blue cabinets? They are dreamy. The good folks at deVol are fortunate to have found you 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 30, 2017 - 10:50 AM

      Hi Tasha,

      Yes, I think I have seen the blue cabinets. I love all of their kitchens!ReplyCancel

  • Spatterware - January 29, 2017 - 2:45 PM

    I used Farrow & Ball in our red dining room and noticed how super saturated the color was, it seems to add depth to the wall. Up there 20 years now and it doesn’t need anything touched up.

    It is always so enjoyable to read your color articles, it seems that everyone agrees.

    Do you know the wonderful scene in the classic film “Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House”? Myrna Loy, Cary Grant’s wife, is talking to the painter and tells him the colors she wants, describing them in terms such as “Now I want this the yellow of an egg yolk – not the raw yolk, but a three minute soft boiled egg yolk,’ and she describes the blue and pink in similar terms to a painter who just nods, and when she leaves, he points to his workmen and says “Yellow, Blue Pink.”

    It always makes me laugh.ReplyCancel

  • susie - January 29, 2017 - 12:46 PM

    I wish there was a putty color, like Martha Stewart had.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 1:03 PM

      Hi Susie,

      Yeah, that’s a nice one, for sure. I would check out Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray. It’s very close. Just a touch deeper which isn’t a bad thing.ReplyCancel

  • Mid America Mom - January 29, 2017 - 11:39 AM

    Love seeing this! That studio green is fabulous. I feel running the counter material up the wall here is smart and the shelving unparalleled. The rest of the furniture there. Did someone lose a dining bench (or do we drag the sofa over!) What are your thoughts on the painted interior of the mahogany cabinet? Yea or nay? I am contemplating that idea for my dining room.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 11:55 AM

      Oh, just wanted to add, that I love the way the ceiling works in the kitchen. In a million years, would’ve never thought to do this and would’ve even said that it sounds “wrong.” Because it’s not connected to the floor or cabinet. However, if it were, the same, I think would start to feel too heavy. A White ceiling wouldn’t have looked so great either.

      And haha! I think it was discussed the last time I posted this image about the one-sided bench. Benches look good for the photo and are okay if it’s a smaller table and/or there are a bunch of kids. Also, a lot of sliding of a heavy bench could wreck the wood floor. Need, some heavy-duty glides and make sure they are grit free! ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 11:48 AM

      Hi MAM,

      I LOVE the painted interior! In fact, if you look in my portfolio at the green dining room, you’ll see that we did something similar with the custom cabinet we had made. I thought it would be cool to paint the interior a coordinating color, so picked the turquoise out of the wallpaper. Love how it turned out! It just brightens things up and also knocks back some of the formality of the wood pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna - January 29, 2017 - 11:25 AM

    I love, love Pigeon. It is warm and welcoming.
    I know this is unrelated to this post but I would love your advice. I have oak bedroom furniture. While not a fan of oak anymore, I do love the shape. I am torn between staining them dark or painting them. My upholstered headboard is flax and my bedding is cream. My walls are currently a chalky beige but I plan on painting them a creamy white. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Mid America Mom - January 30, 2017 - 11:11 PM

      Hi…maybe Ceruse or a heavy graywash might work?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 11:34 AM

      Hi Joanna,

      I can’t give you any specific advice because I’m not there to see what’s going on, but definitely paint that bed!

      There’s a ton of advice throughout this blog on the best white paint colors, but also, you might consider purchasing my mega paint guide (nearly 500 pages!) which you can find out more info if you go to the top menu and click on the first option, “help for your home.” ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - January 29, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Gorgeous (why is that I know so few superlatives?)

    What intrigued me-their colors are mostly from the {relatively) “cool”, “dark” part of the spectrum

    I started thinking. There are usually reasons behind everything. They might be unreasonable reasons so to say yet still they are invisible steering wheels that being us here or there

    Geography? Climate? Culture?
    then I thought..these are probably the colors that work the best with other details of the space, details that are traditionally picked there, maybe because partially if climate, geography, etc. For example if oak floors are prevalent there(and they should be as far as I remember old ballads..because oaks are there lol) and marble is the favorite counter material..these are indeed the colors that will be the best partners, probably, to light-to mid range floors, and to marbles..
    (i know the pictures show different examples..i was just trying to figure out the general thought)

    what do you think?

    as usual, love, love wood plus color. and of course can’t stop admiring the great craftsmanship.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:52 AM

      Hi Jenny,

      They are mostly on the cooler side, but also if you are looking on a PC, I discovered after I got my Mac two years ago, that they tend to put a blue cast on everything.ReplyCancel

  • Jeane Zorn - January 29, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    Laurel, I’m in love with all these beautiful kitchens and paint colors and your amazing blog, which I just recently found. My lucky day!
    I have a question regarding the finish of the paint colors. I’m in love with the soft, dull finish that you’ve shown here and in past kitchens,but the minute I call a painter I know they will say that I must use a hard, glossy finish for ease of wiping down and keeping clean.
    Especially for kitchen and bath. What’s your take on that dilemma? I really hope I can use the soft finish!!
    Thanks for your time!

    • GL - January 29, 2017 - 5:12 PM

      Jeane, If you want a soft dull finish, as in the pictures, you should go with Farrow & Ball’s Estate Eggshell (20% sheen), which will hold up very well. This is the finish used by Sarah Sherman Samuel, and she says it holds up well. I noticed a comment on her blog, which says that F&B paint is reputedly difficult to clean and so on. Not my experience at all, quite the contrary, and I’ve been using F&B for 30 years. I have their water-based Modern Emulsion (7% sheen) on the back wall of my kitchen. The wall is washed regularly and shows no sign of wear. The water-based paints which now replace the oil-based ones (due to environmental concerns) I find just as durable as their predecessors, although of course I haven’t had the finishes for so long! Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 5:19 PM

        Hi GL,

        Thank you so much for the info. It’s so terrific how we can all learn from each other!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:50 AM

      Hi Jeane,

      You can use a satin finish which won’t be matte but not super shiny either.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Schildroth - January 30, 2017 - 12:45 PM

        I will be turning a pantry closet into an open area with cabinets – kind of like a small butler’s pantry – this summer. This post is so timely as I am thinking I want the cabinet painted. I love FB colors. I do have oak cabinets in the kitchen. Not the usual cabinet door styles, that I still like. They show a bit of wear around the handles so I will either have them refinished or painted too. Husband is not found of the paint idea but I may be able to convince him.

        I learn almost as much from the comments as I do your post.I suspect that is because you have such a great bunch of followers!ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - January 30, 2017 - 7:22 PM

          Hi Rebecca,

          That sounds fabulous!

          Fact of life.

          Husbands NEVER (or almost never) want to paint the wood cabinets. To them, that would be akin to wearing a dress and heels. lol

          But, don’t lose hope. There are lots of examples throughout this blog that hopefully will appeal to him. If you type in kitchen in the search box, that’s a good place to start.

          And yes, the readers and commenters are fabulous and add so, so much!

          I love you all!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - January 29, 2017 - 8:59 AM

    Laurel thank you for this post. I purchased your paint palette and source book too. Important question: exactly what finish of paint should be used to paint existing wood cabinets (combo of poplar and maple – ugh – had to build some new maple doors to replace poplar ones that warped)? I noticed you said in a previous post to always use oil (why?). My contractor is suggesting lacquer. Either will be professionally prepped and sprayed. I live in CT by the water. I am hoping this paint job lasts a looooong time.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Hi Julie,

      I have heard it said before that lacquer is or was used, but lacquer is not a pigment, it’s a coating that would go over paint. At least, that’s how I learned it.

      I think that oil has a more loustrous finish, however, the newer latexes are better. They can be thinned with something called Floetrol and there’s also the Advance, waterborne alkyd, but that one is very tricky to work with.

      I would get online and research the proper way to paint cabinets. Not sure if some are raw wood and some are new wood? New, of course is easier to work with. Hand painting is also an option, but laborious as it is many thin coats with light sanding in between. That is the most durable, but will not be inexpensive.

      I had my cabinets sprayed 25 years ago and they were melamine. They held up pretty well, considering that melamine is plastic!ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - January 29, 2017 - 8:43 AM

    Right now-I wished I was back in England,eating scones with clotted cream,and strawberry jam..
    Barring that- I’ll enjoy these beautiful kitchens that you have presented in this post.Thank you, Laurel!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:41 AM

      Hi Dolores,

      Please take me with you! Doing these posts always transports me— well, a little. :]ReplyCancel

  • Mary - January 29, 2017 - 8:26 AM

    I hope you know how much you are appreciated & loved for all your hard work. Your readers all recognize the effort you put into these posts. I look forward to them showing up in my inbox. It’s hard for me to get anything done until your latest post has been read.
    Have a great Sunday!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:39 AM

      Hi Mary,

      That is so sweet! I do love putting these posts together too! And believe it or not, there’s usually a lot left on the cutting room floor.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie - January 29, 2017 - 5:14 AM

    Good morning Laural from England. It’s so funny seeing your blog with all the familiar F&B colours, I especially love your blog for inspiration for something different. My kitchen is F&B white tie, a warm white which fits with the cream AGA.
    My problem, is the now out dated granite counter tops in Giallo Veniziano. I would love to have a white marble or something similar, but I’m worried it wouldn’t go well with the deep cream colour of the AGA, and changing that, is out of the question. 😟 I long for one of your beautiful white kitchens – any suggestions, apart from moving house!
    Keep up the good work Laurel, you are a delight and a darling. Can’t tell you how much I love your blog. Please make a date to come to England? XxxReplyCancel

    • Naomi - January 29, 2017 - 8:03 PM

      Just FYI – I have a marble countertop in my bathroom. It is high maintenance and I loathe it. Would you consider about quartz or lavastone, options which did not exist when I renovated my bathroom?ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 8:16 PM

        Are you asking what I think about quartz or lavastone? I’ve never done the latter, but I do like the quartz composite counters.

    • Laurel Bern - January 29, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Hi Lizzie,

      I did a quick search and found this image from Brooke Giannetti’s old home.


      She did Carrera. I would also look into Calacatta Gold. It’s beautiful with our white dove which is not quite as creamy as White Tie.

      I definitely love to mix whites. Of course, you will need to pick out your slab in person. That one is a must!ReplyCancel