How to Use Farrow and Ball Railings in Your Home

Farrow and Ball Railings is one of Farrow and Ball’s most popular colours, and it’s easy to see why! This soft black has undertones of blue which is perfect for creating both dramatic interiors and striking exteriors alike, with a variety of finishes available depending on where and how you want to use it.

Farrow and Ball paints are eco-friendly, non-toxic, low VOC, and child safe, which is why they are one of my top choices for non-toxic paint. Today I’m going to be sharing some examples of how you can use Railings in your home to create a unique and unforgettable design.

Let’s take a look!

10 Beautiful Examples of How to Use Farrow and Ball Railings in Your Home

Image via Instagram by @vintagecuratorinteriors

Farrow and Ball Railings has been used on the walls in this gorgeous eclectic living room. The deep blue-black of Railings works well with the iron black of the fireplace, while the light-coloured wooden floor lifts the space ensuring it’s not too dark.

Farrow and Ball Railings in a Loft Bedroom

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My personal favourite is this loft bedroom by Amanda Cotton from House Lust. All of the interiors in her home are gorgeous, but this bedroom steals the show. Pink and blue are one of my favourite colour combinations, and they work so well together in this room with Railings used on the walls. The gold accents in the furniture, artwork, and lighting are the perfect finishing touch in this dramatic interior.

Kitchen Cabinets in Farrow and Ball Railings

Railings looks wonderful when paired with natural wood, as you can see from this kitchen design. The dark colour of the cabinets looks quite smart, but the rustic wooden worktop gives the kitchen a relaxed, country vibe.

Railings on Interior Woodwork

Image via Instagram by: @house_on_the_way

Railings works beautifully on interior woodwork. Used on the door in the image below, it created a striking contrast between the door and the walls, making the door into a feature rather than ‘just another door’. Cornforth White is a great option for use on the walls alongside Railings on the woodwork.

Railings by Farrow and Ball on Bedroom Panelling

Design by Charlie from @hollybushhome

This beautiful bedroom design by Charlie from @hollybushhome features DIY paneling painted in Farrow and Ball’s Railings. The natural hues of the solid wood door and the ercol bed add warmth to the space, giving it a modern scandi-inspired look. The soft beige colour of the bedding and lampshades adds just the right amount of contrast, creating an overall balanced look.

Charlie’s Instagram is full of inspiration, so definitely worth checking out if you love this aesthetic.

Chimney Stack Painted in Farrow and Ball Railings

Design by Charlie from @hollybushhome

Another one from the amazing Charlie at @hollybushhome. The chimney stack has been painted in Railings, which looks stunning against the white walls. This is a great way to add colour to your space without repainting the whole room.

Farrow and Ball Railings Hallway

Image and Design by Sandra Baker Styling @the_idle_hands

This hallway of dreams features Railings by Farrow and Ball on the woodwork, trim, and panelling. As you can see, it looks stunning with the pink floral wallpaper on the walls above. Colour lovers will adore the content over at The Idle Hands Blog. Sandra has a real talent for selecting wonderful patterns and color schemes, I would definitely recommend heading over there if you like colourful interiors!

Atmospheric Living Room in Railings and White

Image via @228locationhouse

I’m in love with this striking living room by @228location house. Railings has been used on the walls, with a crisp white above the picture rail for maximum contrast. The moody black hue of the walls allows the beautiful marble fireplace and art prints to really stand out.

Image via Instagram: @victoria_cottage

This living room by @victoria_cottage features Farrow and Ball Railings on the walls. As you can see, this colour looks great with light coloured wood floors and contrasting white furniture.

Farrow and Ball Railings Living Room with Period Features

Image and Design by Jack D March

This stunning living room by Jack D.Marsh is probably one of the loveliest living rooms I’ve seen. With railings on the walls, and original hardwood floors, this room is the perfect dramatic backdrop for Jack’s colourful creative styling projects. Head over to Jack’s Blog to see how he has styled the mantel in different ways for different seasons and occasions.

What Colour Goes With Farrow and Ball Railings?

So you’ve decided to use Railings on your walls! Congratulations, you’ve made a great choice. Now it’s time to decide which other colours you want to use in the space.

Here are Farrow and Ball’s suggestions:

Stiffkey Blue | Off-Black | Blackened | Cornforth White | Pavilion Gray | Dimpse

And if you want to pair Railings with something a little warmer, try Sulking Room Pink, a romantic muted rose colour. Here are some great examples of Sulking Room Pink on walls.

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Setting Plaster is another great option to go with Railings. It’s slightly lighter than sulking room pink and compliments the black/blue tones perfectly.

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Where to Buy Farrow and Ball Paint?

You can buy Farrow and Ball paint directly from their website and have it delivered straight to your door. They offer sample pots, as well as free colour cards.

Farrow and Ball Paint Samples

If you want to try before you buy, you can buy Farrow and Ball paint samples in small test pots. Each test pot is £4.95, and contains 0.1l, which will cover about 1.4m2, which will give you a good idea of how the colour will look on your walls.

Pro Tip: Test your paint on each wall of your room, so you can see how it looks at different angles and in different amounts of light.

Where Can I Buy Farrow and Ball Colour Charts?

You can get a Farrow and Ball colour chart here, it’s completely free!

If you’re just getting started in Interior Design, or if you’re planning on taking on more renovation projects, check out my article on the best interior design books for beginners for more inspiration!

Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.


  1. February 10, 2021 / 10:21 am

    Love those pink and blue colour combos! The kitchen cabinets look gorgeous too.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Claiire
    October 15, 2021 / 10:53 am

    Do you think that Light Blue would be a good contrast with Railings? We’re going to paint our lower kitchen cabinets a dark colour then our wall cabinets in a lighter colour with white walls. We have a large, well lit extension that the kitchen is going in

    • emily
      October 15, 2021 / 11:08 am

      Hi Claire,

      Thanks for your comment! How exciting that you are getting a new kitchen – I’d love to see the photos when it’s finished!
      Light blue can work really well with Railings, If you have a look on Farrow and Ball’s blue paint page ( you will see that the first image is of a kitchen with Railings on the cupboards and De Nimes on the walls – it looks gorgeous!
      Admittedly De Nimes is still fairly dark, so if you want something lighter than that then I would suggest Parma Gray or Light Blue, but it’s definitely worth getting some tester pots to see how the colors look together in the light of your kitchen.

      Best wishes,


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