Farrow and Ball Pitch Black

Farrow and Ball Pitch Black 256 paint color review

Official color page:Pitch Black 256
Color code:256
Color name:Pitch Black
Brand:Farrow and Ball

256 Pitch Black is a dark black shade that can add a bold and dramatic statement to any interior space. It works particularly well in modern and minimalist design styles, as well as in industrial and urban settings.

The nearest colors to 256 are RAL Effect RAL 870-6 and RAL Effect RAL 870-5, which are also dark black colors.

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LRV of Pitch Black

Pitch Black 256 has an LRV of 4.97% and refers to Dark colors which means that this color almost does not reflect light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 4.97% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Farrow and Ball Pitch Black undertones?

Red is Farrow and Ball Pitch Black undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

HEX value:


RGB code:

59, 57, 56

Is Farrow and Ball Pitch Black 256 cool or warm?

warm colors
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cool colors

With a hue of 20° this Grey refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

256 Pitch Black HSL code: 20, 3%, 23%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Warm Grey will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Grey undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Farrow and Ball Pitch Black:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Farrow and Ball 256 Pitch Black

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Farrow and Ball 256 Pitch Black

Color comparison

Pitch Black 256 vs Studio Green 93

Let's highlight the differences and help you select the ideal hue for your space.

Farrow and Ball Pitch Black 256 vs Farrow and Ball Studio Green 93Farrow and Ball Pitch Black 256
LRV: 4.97%
Dark color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 7.2%
Dark color
Temperature: cold

Color codes

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HEX#3b3938copy color code
RGB Decimal59, 57, 56copy color code
RGB Percent23.14%, 22.35%, 21.96%copy color code
HSVHue: 20° Saturation: 5.08% Value: 23.14%copy color code
HSLhsl(20, 3, 23)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 3.39 Yellow: 5.08 Key: 76.86copy color code
YIQY: 57.484 I: 1.513 Q: 0.112copy color code
XYZX: 3.98 Y: 4.142 Z: 4.33copy color code
CIE LabL:24.134 a:0.641 b:0.93copy color code
CIE LuvL:24.134 u:1.085 v:0.919copy color code
Decimal3881272copy color code
Hunter lab20.351, -0.702, 1.631copy color code
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