Introducing Black in the kitchen from Farrow & Ball

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Ever thought of a black kitchen design but you’re not daring enough? With the black colour palette from Farrow & Ball we think there will be one just up your street. They start from an all-black, to a black with red undertones, to a black with blue undertones. The colour “Railings” has been a popular choice for our latest kitchens at Nicholas Bridger, which is a soft black with blue undertones.

Farrow & Ball started back in 1946 in Dorset, where two gentlemen known as John Farrow and Richard Ball shared a passion for making rich colours to original formulation using only the finest ingredients. In the 90s Farrow & Ball grew more and more with their inspiring colour chart providing colours that went with the era of that time, and how the unique looks of Farrow & Ball transforms modern and traditional homes, large and small.

At Nicholas Bridger we are pleased to offer Farrow & Ball to our clients for their handmade and bespoke kitchens due to them being a British manufacturer and a respectable company that we love. We hand paint our kitchens on site once the cabinets have been built, with a beautiful brush-on finish that follows the wood grain perfectly.

The Black Palette from Farrow & Ball


Railings from Farrow & Ball is a soft black with blue undertones. It is more blue than black but sits underneath the black colour chart. Railings is a softer alternative to black which is particularly suited to the ironwork it take its name from. It can create a perfect statement piece in the kitchen with its dark hue transforming the room into a dramatic and enveloping space. Two of our recent clients in Ongar and Harringay have chosen this colour for their Classic Shaker hub of the home.

Woodford Green Project

Our Woodford Green project below has a lovely little story behind it. We built the kitchen originally 3 years ago for the property’s previous owner, when the kitchen was located more centrally in the home. The new owner of the property built this huge open-plan extension and contacted us to keep the kitchen, as they loved how sturdy and beautiful it is. We adjusted the layout of the kitchen furniture to suit the new space and repainted it in Farrow & Ball Railings. Our client wanted to create an industrial style in their new kitchen space, so with the chrome fixtures and soft black with blue undertones furniture, the room has been transformed into a dramatic and enveloping space.

Ongar Project

Our Classic Shaker design in Ongar is hand painted in “Railings” from Farrow & Ball. This alluring soft black with blue undertones brushes on beautifully with the in-frame design showing our excellent craftmanship throughout. The colour has transformed the space, especially with the neutral hues and polished chrome fixtures and fittings.

Harringay Project

Our Classic Shaker design in Harringary is hand painted in “Railings” from Farrow & Ball. This fascinating soft black with blue undertones makes the space appear bigger especially with all the natural light that comes in from the roof lantern and sliding bi-fold doors. The satin brass handles are a great choice providing a style that will be loved for many years.

Paean Black

Paean Black from Farrow & Ball is a chic red based black that is Georgian inspired where it creates an intimate feel in super contemporary or bohemian homes. Perfect colour to team up with the red colour palette of Farrow & Ball.

Pitch Black

Pitch Black from Farrow & Ball is a true black and as pure as a black can get. With its strong hues it stays black in all lights. The name comes from the dark sticky residue of coal tar often used in roofing, this true black has an unsurpassable depth and almost velvet quality.

Black Blue

Black Blue from Farrow & Ball is a sophisticated black blue that takes its name from the two essential pigments that make up its rich colour. The shade contains deep pigments but appears much bluer when seen in large areas. When this colour is painted on small areas, or contrasted with a bright white, it will appear almost black in colour. The tone is very sophisticated and is perfect for those with a discerning eye for colour.

The sophisticated black blue from Farrow & Ball is seen below in our traditional shaker style kitchen in Bishop’s Stortford. The traditional features within this kitchen like the solid wood worktop, the stunning Aged Brass Perrin & Rowe wall mounted tap and the Fireclay sink work perfectly with the pigment of this rich colour.


Off-Black from Farrow & Ball is a soft black and is one of Farrow & Ball’s original colours. It has an uncomplicated name for a well loved classic. It is a much more flattering colour that a stronger black as it creates a milder hue within the room.

Continued Reading-

Introducing Dark Colours in the Kitchen from Farrow & Ball

Introducing a Blue hue in the Kitchen from Farrow & Ball

Introducing Neutrals in the kitchen from Farrow & Ball

To find out more on creating a black colour scheme with Farrow & Ball for your handmade kitchen contact us today– we look forward to hearing from you.