Farrow and Ball Whirlybird

Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Whirlybird paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful 309. Find out if this gorgeous cold green paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Whirlybird 309
Color code:309
Color name:Whirlybird
Brand:Farrow and Ball

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LRV of Whirlybird

Whirlybird 309 has an LRV of 46.4% and refers to Light Medium colors that reflect half of the incident 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 46.40% 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 Whirlybird undertones?

Green is Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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:

173, 189, 163

Is Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309 cool or warm?

warm colors
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cool colors

With a hue of 97° this Green refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

309 Whirlybird HSL code: 97, 16%, 69%

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.

  • Cool Green shades make a room feel sleek, fresh and modern
  • Cooler hues have a calm and relaxation effect
  • Cool Green undertones make small spaces feel more open and expansive
  • Cool paint hue are ideal for bedroom or bathroom. Be careful with deep blues and greens in bathroom, which will reflect on your skin.

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 Whirlybird:

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 309 Whirlybird

Darker shades

Farrow and Ball 309 Whirlybird

Color comparison

Whirlybird 309 vs Green Blue 84

Can't choose between these two beautiful shades? We'll compare these two colors to help you make the right decision.

Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309 vs Farrow and Ball Green Blue 84Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309
LRV: 46.4%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 47.36%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold

Whirlybird 309 vs Dix Blue 82

Choosing the best shade for your space? We've compared the two colors to help you make an informed decision for your project.

Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309 vs Farrow and Ball Dix Blue 82Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309
LRV: 46.4%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 41%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold

Color codes

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HEX#ADBDA3copy color code
RGB Decimal173, 189, 163copy color code
RGB Percent67.84%, 74.12%, 63.92%copy color code
HSVHue: 97° Saturation: 13.76% Value: 74.12%copy color code
HSLhsl(97, 16, 69)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 8.47 Magenta: 0.0 Yellow: 13.76 Key: 25.88copy color code
YIQY: 181.252 I: -1.179 Q: -11.476copy color code
XYZX: 42.04 Y: 47.924 Z: 41.676copy color code
CIE LabL:74.777 a:-10.319 b:11.299copy color code
CIE LuvL:74.777 u:-7.8 v:17.999copy color code
Decimal11386275copy color code
Hunter lab69.227, -12.747, 12.765copy color code
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