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Farrow & Ball alternatives: colour dupes from Dulux, Crown and B&Q

Decorating on a budget? Read on for our pick of the closest equivalents to classic Farrow & Ball colours like Hague Blue, Cornforth White, Dead Salmon and Railings from Dulux, B&Q and Crown

Here at YourHomeStyle, we absolutely love Farrow & Ball! Their iconic paint shades like Stiffkey Blue, Cornforth White and Sulking Room Pink are all over Instagram and Pinterest.

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But if you’ve got a lot of wall space to cover or you’re decorating on a tight budget, a premium brand like Farrow & Ball might be a little bit out of your price range. We get it! So we’ve scoured the high street decorating brands for the closest colour matches to the most popular Farrow & Ball shades.

Plus, our dupes guide now contains affordable alternatives to Farrow & Ball’s newly-announced colours for 2022! Read on to see our colour matches for Babouche, Incarnadine, Stone Blue, School House White and Breakfast Room Green.

Of course, you can always use a paint mixing service to try and obtain a perfect match to your favourite shade – many decorating stores offer custom colour matching. However, the accuracy of the match can vary a lot depending on the brand and the colour, and there’s always the risk you’ll be disappointed with the final result. By opting for an existing paint colour, you know you’ll get exactly what’s on the tin.

One final note before we get started – don’t forget that the final appearance of any paint shade can vary hugely depending on a number of factors, including the orientation of your room, placement of light sources, even the type of lightbulbs you use. The colour that looks perfect on a screen or on a swatch in-store can look totally different on your wall, so we’d always recommend buying a few tester pots or stickers and trying them out before you buy.

Farrow & Ball alternatives: best budget paint colour matches

Farrow & Ball Stone Blue

Farrow & Ball Stone Blue

Dulux Stonewashed Blue

Dulux Stonewashed Blue

A lively warm blue, Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue is a versatile shade that adds instant uplift to any space. Dulux’s Stonewashed Blue brings a similarly bright and breezy feeling, suitable for transforming whole rooms or for adding a pop of colour on doorways, window-frames, radiators or upcycled furniture.

  • £31.09 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Stonewashed Blue

Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath

Farrow & Ball Elephant's Breath

Dulux Bleached Lichen 2

Dulux Bleached Lichen 2

As the craze for cool greys begins to give way to a preference for warmer tones, more and more of us are looking for cosier neutrals. Farrow & Ball’s warm grey Elephant’s Breath is a super on-trend option. Luckily, Dulux have an impressive colour match in their comfortingly earthy Bleached Lichen 2.

  • £31.09 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Bleached Lichen 2

Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green

Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green

Valspar Night Vision

Valspar Night Vision

We had to search high and low for a colour match for Farrow & Ball’s charming Breakfast Room Green, a unique shade that manages to be both cheerful and sophisticated. We finally found a match so close we think experts would struggle to tell the difference – Night Vision, from Valspar, available at B&Q.

  • £31 for 2.5l

Buy Valspar Night Vision

Farrow & Ball School House White

Farrow & Ball School House White

Dulux Cameo Silk 1

Dulux Cameo Silk 1

School House White is one of Farrow & Ball’s classic shades – a warm off-white that adds character to any surface. Luckily, there’s a brilliant budget alternative out there in the shape of Cameo Silk 1 by Dulux, which offers the same softness and slight cream undertone.

  • £31.09 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Cameo Silk 1

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

Dulux Azure Fusion 1

dulux azure fusion 1

Colour card supplier E-Paint rates Dulux’s Azure Blue 1 as ‘virtually indistinguishable’ from Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue – the highest colour match on their scale. We reckon you’d need to be a professional painter to tell them apart – and even then it’s not a given! This atmospheric shade will add drama to any space, from hallway to living room!

  • from £30.04 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Azure Fusion 1

Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone

Farrow & ball Skimming Stone

Dulux Egyptian Cotton

Dulux Egyptian Cotton

According to a survey by home insurers Hometree, Dulux’s Egyptian Cotton is the most Instagrammed paint of summer 2021 – that’s no surprise, given that this subtle greige an almost perfect match for Farrow & Ball’s popular Skimming Stone. A classic neutral tone, use to add warmth and texture to walls that might seem ‘cold’ in white – for instance, in a bedroom.

  • from £26.12 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Egyptian Cotton

Farrow & Ball Green Smoke

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Crown Steam Engine

Crown Steam Engine

Smoke… steam engine… get it? Crown’s Period Collection is full of stunning heritage-inspired tones, including Steam Engine, a muted blue-green that makes a fantastic budget-friendly alternative to Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke. You might have noticed that green kitchens are the new blue, so why not jump on board the trend?

  • from £23 for 2.5l

Buy Crown Steam Engine

Farrow & Ball Dead Salmon

Farrow & Ball Dead Salmon

Valspar Cozy Cocoon

Valspar Cozy Cocoon

Despite – or perhaps because of – its unusual name, Dead Salmon is one of the most familiar Farrow & Ball colours, a warm brownish-pink that looks at home in any room, and can appear anything from buff to deep mushroom depending on your lighting.

Not only does Valspar’s Cozy Cocoon have a somewhat more appealing name, it’s also an almost-perfect match for Dead Salmon. It’s very slightly darker though, so be sure to test it first – particularly if you’re decorating a room that’s short on natural light.

  • £26 for 2.5l

Buy Valspar Cozy Cocoon

Farrow & Ball Babouche

Farrow and Ball Babouche

Dulux Banana Dream 3

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Named after the soft leather slippers traditionally worn in Morocco, Babouche would work best in a light-filled room that can show this zingy yellow off to its best advantage. A deliciously lemony yellow, Dulux’s Banana Dream 3, brings the same sunny vibe on a high street budget.

  • £31.09 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Banana Dream 3

Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Dulux Thunder Clouds

Dulux Thunder Clouds

Down Pipe is a classic Farrow & Ball shade. This deep lead grey with undertones of blue is so familiar to interiors fans that it’s tricky to find a perfect match. However, we think Dulux’s Thunder Clouds offers an affordable option for any decorators keen to capture that moody sky vibe.

Buy Dulux Thunder Clouds

Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster

Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster

Lick Pink No.2

Lick Pink No.2

Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster is a tricky shade to match, with its mellow undertone of yellow creating a dusty pink that can look like a pale terracotta in the right light.

Enter Lick, a new challenger brand on the paint market that we have been following with interest! Rather than offering hundreds of colour options, their palette spans a handful of key shades – and luckily, one of them happens to be Pink No. 2, the perfect alternative to Setting Plaster!

  • £38 for 2.5l

Buy Lick Pink No.2

Farrow & Ball Cornforth White

Farrow & Ball Cornforth White

Dulux Pebble Shore

Dulux Pebble Shore

Many of us are choosing the palest of greys over plain white or cream, as a soothing neutral backdrop that works with any decor scheme, from period to contemporary. Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White has become one of their most popular shades, and Dulux’s Pebble Shore offers the same understated versatility for a high street price.

  • from £30.04 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Pebble Shore

Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue

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Dulux Heritage Midnight Teal

Dulux Midnight Teal

We reckon Midnight Teal from Dulux’s Heritage range is the closest match you’ll find to F&B’s iconic Stiffkey Blue – we can hardly tell them apart! Although it’s part of Dulux’s premium offering, you can usually pick it up for around £30 for 2.5l, meaning it’s still significantly cheaper than Farrow & Ball’s £49.50.

  • from £30 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Heritage Midnight Teal

Farrow & Ball Jitney

Farrow & Ball Jitney

Homebase Fine Taupe

Homebase Fine Taupe

A warm brown neutral inspired by the beaches of The Hamptons, the swish New York seaside colony favoured by the rich and famous, Jitney is a classic Farrow & Ball shade. If you’re looking to bring this rich, earthy tone into your home on a budget, check out Homebase’s own-brand emulsion in Fine Taupe.

  • £13 for 2.5l

Buy Homebase Fine Taupe

Farrow & Ball Sap Green

Farrow & Ball Sap Green

Dulux Sea Nettle

Dulux Sea Nettle

Yellow-toned greens inspired by leaves, plants, moss and seaweed are everywhere at the moment, part of a wider trend towards bringing nature into your home. We love colours like Farrow & Ball’s Sap Green for a porch or boot room, but opt for a budget-friendly alternative like Dulux’s Sea Nettle and you can comfortably paint a much larger space without breaking the bank!

  • from £30.04 for 2.5l

Buy Dulux Sea Nettle

Farrow & Ball Incarnadine

Farrow & Ball Incarnadine

Elle Decoration by Crown Velvetine No. 442

Elle Decoration by Crown Velvetine No. 442

One of the brand’s lesser-known colours, Incarnadine was a bit of a surprise pick for Farrow & Ball’s colours for 2022. However, it didn’t take us long to find a fab high street alternative for this rich crimson – Velvetine, from the Elle Decoration range by Crown. This effortlessly glamorous red is just the thing for giving any room a luxurious makeover.

Buy Elle Decoration by Crown Velvetine 

Farrow & Ball Mizzle

Farrow & Ball Mizzle

Crown Village Fete

Crown Village Fete

Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle is named after the uniquely British mix of mist and drizzle which so often hangs over our island, and the shade combines a grey sheen of rainfall with a soft green landscape. Crown’s Village Fete – definitely the type of event that’s no stranger to a spot of mizzle – offers a similar dreamy grey-green vibe, eminently suitable for any room.

  • £23 for 2.5l

Buy Crown Village Fete

Farrow & Ball Railings

Farrow & Ball Railings

Homebase Nighttime Blue

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One of the most recognisable Farrow & Ball shades, Railings is a dramatic inky blue-black which looks just as good outside on a front door as it does inside on a feature wall, or even a whole room! If you do want to embrace the dark look in a larger space, you can save a fortune by opting for Homebase’s Nighttime Blue, which starts at just £13 for a 2.5l tin.

  • £13 for 2.5l

Buy Homebase Nighttime Blue

Purbeck Stone

Purbeck Stone

Valspar Graceful Grey

Valspar Graceful Grey

Now this was a tricky one! We had to rack our brains for a grey that evoked the warm undertone of Farrow & Ball’s beloved Purbeck Stone, but we reckon Valspar’s Graceful Grey gives this soft and sophisticated earthy tone a run for its money.

  • £31 for 2.5l

Buy Valspar Graceful Grey

Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink

Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink

Dulux Wild Mushroom 2

Dulux Wild Mushroom 2

A deep muted rose, Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink is a stunning shade for a dreamy bedroom scheme or a light-filled living room. The good news for budget-conscious shoppers is that Dulux’s Wild Mushroom 2 is almost identical to the untrained eye, offering the same musky, dusky romance for a high street price!

  • from £30.04

Buy Dulux Wild Mushroom 2

Farrow & Ball Ammonite

Farrow & Ball Ammonite

Crown Sunday School

Crown Sunday school

Okay, we have to admit we’re pretty pleased with ourselves when it comes to this one! Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite takes its name from the fossils found along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. But it’s worth knowing that Crown’s Sunday School, from the Period Collection, has an uncanny similarity, with a colour that perfectly reflects that shale cliffs and stony beaches.

  • £23 for 2.5l

Buy Crown Sunday School

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