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Guide to Farrow & Ball Dead Flat

Farrow & Ball has long been synonymous with quality and sophistication in the world of interior design. Renowned for its rich pigments, eco-friendly formulations, and a commitment to craftsmanship, Farrow & Ball has consistently set the bar high for premium paint finishes.


The latest addition to their illustrious range, the Dead Flat paint finish, is making waves in the design community. In this blog post, we'll delve into the characteristics of the Dead Flat finish, explore how it differs from other finishes in the Farrow & Ball range, and unravel the secrets behind Farrow & Ball's exceptional quality.


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Understanding Farrow & Ball Quality:

Farrow & Ball has earned its stellar reputation by adhering to time-tested principles of quality and craftsmanship. Established in 1946, the company has honed its expertise over decades, ensuring that each paint product is a testament to their dedication to excellence. What sets Farrow & Ball apart is their commitment to using only the finest ingredients, resulting in paint that not only delivers stunning color but also boasts durability and eco-friendliness.


Farrow & Ball's paint is made with a water-based formula, reducing the environmental impact compared to solvent-based alternatives. The company also prides itself on low VOC (volatile organic compound) levels, contributing to healthier indoor air quality. The meticulous attention to detail in their manufacturing process ensures that each can of paint meets the high standards that have become synonymous with the Farrow & Ball name.


Introducing the Dead Flat Paint Finish:

The Dead Flat finish represents a bold step forward in Farrow & Ball's commitment to providing innovative options for interior designers and homeowners alike. This finish is designed to create a velvety, ultra-matte appearance, reminiscent of traditional distemper finishes. Its unique formulation results in a smooth, chalky finish that exudes understated elegance.


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Differences from Other Finishes:

  1. Estate Emulsion vs. Dead Flat: While Farrow & Ball already offers a matte finish in their range with the core Estate range of emulsion and eggshell, the Dead Flat takes it a step further. The Dead Flat finish minimizes light reflection giving a 2% sheen, the same as Estate Emulsion. However where the Estate Emulsion has a tendency to mark in high traffic areas the Dead Flat has been designed to be super hard wearing and scuff resistant.

  2. Modern Emulsion vs. Dead Flat: The popular Modern Emulsion finish has a slight sheen to it, coming in at 7%. However it has been designed to provide a wipeable surface and contains anti-mould ingredients making it perfect for heavy traffic areas such as hallways or areas with high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms. The Dead Flat now provides the super low sheen of the Estate Emulsion with the scuff resistance of Modern Emulsion.

  3. Walls & Woodwork: A current trend in decorating is the Colour Drench effect, where the same colour is painted across walls, woodwork and even ceilings. The Dead Flat has been designed to work on walls, ceilings and woodwork. This means you no-longer have to use a specialist wood paint for skirting boards, door frames or doors. Just use the same Dead Flat across areas giving a fantastic continuity in colour and finish.

  4. Modern Style vs. Traditional Style: The Dead Flat finish leans towards a more traditional aesthetic, harking back to the classic distemper look. This makes it an ideal choice for heritage properties or spaces where a timeless and sophisticated atmosphere is desired.

Choosing the Right Finish:

When deciding on the ideal Farrow & Ball finish for your project, consider the atmosphere you want to create and the practical needs of the space. If you're aiming for a traditional, low ultra-matte, easy-to-clean look, the Dead Flat is a perfect fit.


Tips for Application:

  1. Surface Preparation: Ensure that the surface is clean, dry, and free from any previous finishes. If applying over an existing paint color, consider using a Farrow & Ball Primer & Undercoat for optimal results.

  2. Roller vs. Brush Application: The Dead Flat finish is best applied using a high-quality brush or microfiber roller. This helps achieve an even and smooth appearance, enhancing the luxurious feel of the paint.

  3. Thin Coats for Perfection: To achieve the best results, apply multiple thin coats rather than a single thick coat. This not only ensures better coverage but also enhances the velvety texture of the Dead Flat finish.

Farrow & Ball's introduction of the Dead Flat paint finish is a testament to their ongoing commitment to providing unparalleled options for interior design enthusiasts. As we've explored, the Dead Flat finish distinguishes itself from other Farrow & Ball finishes through its ultra-matte, velvety appearance and its traditional, timeless aesthetic. When combined with Farrow & Ball's dedication to quality and eco-friendly practices, it becomes clear why their paints are cherished by those who seek the perfect fusion of elegance and durability in their living spaces. Embrace the Dead Flat finish, and let your walls tell a story of timeless sophistication.


How to Order

At Floor Design Wetherby we are the premier supplier of Farrow & Ball paints in the area. As a retail partner we were the first in the area to receive Farrow & Ball's specialist In Can Tinting machine giving us the capability to mix on site official Farrow & Ball paints across their full range including Archived colours.


This means we're able to provide all colours and finishes, same day. Order through our online paint store or visit ours Wetherby showroom.

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