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

Decorating on a budget? Read on for our pick of cheap alternatives to classic Farrow & Ball colours like Purbeck Stone and Hague Blue from Dulux, Homebase, Crown and Valspar

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 working 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 13 of the most popular Farrow & Ball shades. Read on for budget-friendly alternatives to Hague Blue, Railings, Green Smoke and more!

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 high street 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 for real before you buy.

Farrow & Ball alternatives: best budget paint colour matches

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 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 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 search high and low for a grey that evoked the warm undertone of Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone before we finally came across Valspar’s Graceful Grey. Order a colour chip online and use Valspar’s store finder to find your nearest B&Q store to purchase this soothing shade.

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
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Buy Crown Sunday School