Archive Collection: Minster Green


An inviting deep green

More intensely green than Green Smoke, yet deeper and more aged than Calke Green, this inviting mid tone has a lived-in feel that works wonderfully in traditional spaces. Its name is inspired by our home in Dorset, just outside the market town of Wimborne Minster.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Old White

Archive Collection: Minster Green is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
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Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odour, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They are also certified child- and baby-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


Every one of our paint colours is available in a range of durable interior and exterior paint finishes, each rigorously tested to ensure an exceptional depth of colour and long-lasting finish. For the very best results, we always recommend using a Farrow & Ball Primer & Undercoat – see above for the correct tone for this colour.


All Farrow & Ball finishes except Limewash contain isothiazolinones, which may produce an allergic reaction. Farrow & Ball Limewash contains calcium hydroxide which can cause severe damage in contact with skin or eyes. For further information about our products, including guidance on safe use and application, click here to view our advice pages.

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Limewash: Danger. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. 

Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

All other finishes: Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favorite of the greens! We have a large south facing kitchen with brick floors, very rustic looking space. I tried a dozen different samples before taking the gamble on Minster that, as an archive, had no samples. Excellent choice, we absolutely love this color and it works so well with the brick and accents in Shadow White, really stunning. I'll add photos when done - we are painting the cupboards in Off Black, but I can't say enough about how wonderful this color is, it was just the perfect British green this Yank was looking for - reminds me of an old leather couch, has a bit of a velvety feel to it. The adjacent dining room is in India Yellow and Minster is a perfect compliment to it. Happy!
Date published: 2022-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Green! I’m renovating a home in Chicago that was built in 1890. The style at the time was unique, almost like a bridge from Late Victorian to the Arts and Crafts movement. What I found interesting is that from the Late Victorian era through around 1950, shades like Minster Green showed up in historic paint palettes. So I think this green could work in so many older homes but at the same time would be beautiful if you’re going for a modern look too. I love that the shade is vibrant but has just a touch of gray that gives it a calming vibe. I don’t have the best pics, but here it is as a quick swatch in my east facing room with a few lamps on. I really love the way this color glows and looks so pretty as a backdrop for my plants.
Date published: 2021-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B's website description is SPOT ON! I love the greens and decided to try Minster Green based on the website description, which rang all my chimes. The color is EXACTLY as described: rich, traditional. It really is a breathtaking shade. I only buy F&B now. Went back back to Benjamin Moore one time recently because I only needed a small amount for a small wall area. OMG, am I spoiled now. There is no comparison whatsoever in terms of sheer beauty of the finish depth of color. Wish F&B sold the wall finishes in quarts!
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to apply, an excellent finish! I bought this to match the rest of the outside gloss work. Thought it was. Dulux colour! But they kindly put me right. The paint was now water based, but it covered well and was a perfect match to the other, older, areas.
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs care on large surfaces. Roller then brush ou Used for woodwork in entrance hall and provides an excellent depth of colour. Needs two coats over dark undercoat and good brushing out to retain even colour.
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Changes colour when wet. Lovely colour, but if you get water standing on this paint, for example on a window cil, the colour goes a lighter shade of green. It does go back to the original colour 24 hours after the standing water has been removed. You can see in the attached photo the lightening effect that water has.
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a good match Unfortunately ‘Mister Green’ looked nothing like the swatch, so we had to add some black in the paint to adjust the colour to match your online colour - total nightmare but we pulled it off in the end !
Date published: 2020-10-30
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