No. 267

Dove Tale

Modern Emulsion

Dove Tale is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
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Modern Emulsion

This warm grey’s name is a play on words, like the lighter Skimming Stone. Typical of the colours used by the bohemian Bright Young Things between the wars.  

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.

Complementary white: Strong 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: Strong WhiteComplementary white: Strong White

Strong White

One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.  Find out more about Strong White No.2001

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

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Mid Tones

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades.

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 Elephant's Breath
No.229
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trim Colour Skimming Stone
No.241
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accent Colour Charleston Gray
No.243
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trim Colour London Clay
No.244
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accent Colour Strong White
No.2001
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trim Colour Wimborne White
No.239

Sample Our Favourite Greys

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 grey shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Ammonite, Skimming Stone and Elephant's Breath.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied customer .. .always find F&B Colours natural and distinctive - paint flows so well and great 1st coat coverage .. . delivery prompt and well packaged
Date published: 2023-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from paint love the colour it changes with the light used it on a bedroom floor
Date published: 2023-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute stunner I thought my fave F&B paint was Peignoir, and I still love it, for our living room, but my bedroom walls and ceiling are Dove Tale and we adore it. It is like Peignoir, in that it's like an opal, changing with the light, sometimes a rich brown hue sometimes it seems purple, A lovely soothing hue I am in love with. Perfect for the light of all seasons. Looks great with my antique brocade curtains. Love it.
Date published: 2023-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless colour We have used dove tail in our last two historic house restorations, both in bedrooms. It gives a nice coverage and a calming influence. We also painted an old pine wardrobe in the same colour and it looks fabulous.
Date published: 2023-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big amount of lilac Although I am always a big fan of F&B colours, I really dislike this one. I put a lot of work (and $$) in painting our bookcase (north-facing room) this colour, it really turned out lilac almost purple. If you like purple a deff recomandation. If you don't, stay away from this one for a north-facing room;).
Date published: 2023-11-07

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odor, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They also meet child- and baby-safe requirements in accordance with The Canada Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, Canada Toy Regulations (SOR/2011-17) – Section 23 and ASTM F963 – 17 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.

Quality Finishes

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.

Safety Information

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.