No. 271

Brassica

Modern Emulsion

Brassica is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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Modern Emulsion

This warm and sophisticated shade is named after the group of plants that includes purple sprouting broccoli.  

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, easy to clean finish for interior walls and ceilings. Washable and protected against mould, it’s the best choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

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Complementary white: Great White

Key features

Matte

Matte

Modern Emulsion is a beautiful, durable matte finish with 7% sheen.

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matte. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other.

For interior walls and ceilings

For interior walls and ceilings

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, matte finish for interior walls and ceilings. 

From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project.

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Our expert chemists add a preservative to Modern Emulsion that protects it from mould, keeping moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms looking fresh. So, although it makes a wonderful addition to every room of your home, it’s the best finish option for these steamy spaces in particular. 

Tough and easy-to-clean

Tough and easy-to-clean

Our super-tough superstar for washable walls, Modern Emulsion has a high-performance formula that makes it easy to wipe away spills and marks – not paint. We use high-quality minerals and strong binders to make sure it’s also resistant to knocks and scrapes. 

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer.

Toy safe

Toy safe

This finish is independently tested and certified toy-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021). That means you can and a splash of colour to toys, cribs and other surfaces little ones come into contact with. Our paints also have hardly any odour and don’t need any solvents to clean up, so you can breathe easy during application and beyond. 


75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Complementary white: Great WhiteComplementary white: Great White

Great White

The inclusion of the merest amount of black lifts Great White to a wonderfully sophisticated shade with an extraordinary depth of colour. Find out more about Great White No.2006

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.


Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Dark Tones

When it comes to using dark colours, the deeper the better. So, for an irresistibly inviting finished look, pair darker shades with our Dark Tones Primer & Undercoat. Based on the colour of Down Pipe, combining this primer with your topcoat creates an unrivalled richness and makes quite the statement.

Made with the same natural ingredients and pigments as our topcoats, our Primer & Undercoat is the crucial foundation for creating a rich, even and longer lasting finish.


Colour Schemes

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accent Colour Brassica
No.271
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trim Colour Purbeck Stone
No.275
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accent Colour Calluna
No.270
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trim Colour Strong White
No.2001
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accent Colour Wevet
No.273
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trim Colour Great White
No.2006

Sample Our Favourite Purples

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular purple shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Brassica, Brinjal and Pelt.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Class Product & Service Fantastic colour with an amazing finish. First class service as order arrived the next day and was free delivery
Date published: 2023-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour for a feature wall. This is a great colour for one wall in a pale violet room with a 'heather' twist carpet. Goes on well and looks great
Date published: 2023-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with the Makeover !! Full makeover complete replaced the old floor and wall tiles and decided to paint the new wall panels with Brassica. Love the end result . Used Dead Flat Eggshell on the Panels and Estate Emulsion above in all white.
Date published: 2023-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophisticated pop of colour Wanted a rich pop of colour when I got a new kitchen which is cream and grey. Brassica ticked all the boxes so much so when we renewed the external doors and frames a year later I opted for the same colour for my doorframes
Date published: 2023-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True color Love love love the color. The depth and intensity of FB paint is artful.
Date published: 2023-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Everyone raves about FB paints and so we decided to try Brassica on a porch table. The paint is no better than Benjamin Moore or Pittsburgh, although it's noticeably thicker. It did not apply smoothly (necessary in painting furniture!), and shows brushstrokes worse than other paints we have used. The color is fine, though quite more purple in certain light (which the kids think is fun....). Pretty much done with FB. Interestingly our house painter is also not a fan...
Date published: 2024-02-01