No. 229

Elephant's Breath

Elephant's Breath is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
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A warm mid grey

This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant's Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms. Try offsetting with Charleston Gray and London Clay for an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents, or pair with other Contemporary Neutrals such as the softer Strong White for a sense of neutrality and calm.

Complementary white: Strong White

Key features

The finest ingredients

The finest ingredients

We’re dedicated to perfecting the art of paint. At our home in Dorset, we combine the finest ingredients, 75 years of experience and technical precision to help you create beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. Even in our colour rich paints, less than 8% of the tin is the colour. The other 92% is what creates the quality, depth and extraordinary response to light that transforms your home. 
Paint is like coffee. The colour is the froth on the top, but it’s the quality of the rest of the cup that makes it taste good. 
– Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball Co-founder 

We use twelve exclusive pigments, all specifically selected for their colour intensity. We take colour seriously, so naturally, we only accept the very best. By using these same pigments to make every colour in our palette, all our shades combine effortlessly, making it easy for you to put together a cohesive colour scheme. 

Deeper, richer colours

Deeper, richer colours

Packed with pigment for an extraordinary response to every kind of light.

We add generous helpings of rich pigment to create our signature look – deep colours with complex undertones. The same space that feels bright and airy in morning sun, can feel cosy and intimate by evening. Our teams design each shade under every kind of light, so it will be perfectly balanced in every setting.

Extraordinary response to light

Extraordinary response to light

We spend months carefully crafting and testing each of our paint colours to make sure they share our signature extraordinary response to light. This beautiful reaction to changing light, like bringing out different undertones or shifting intensity, is what makes our paint so special.

Interior and exterior finishes

Interior and exterior finishes

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).

We even have multi-surface finishes like Dead Flat and Full Gloss, so you can tackle walls, woodwork and metal at the same time. 

Our comprehensive range is comprised of paint finishes that not only look beautiful, but offer different practical benefits. Designed for a variety of different surfaces, each finish is compatible with our high-performance Primers & Undercoats to ensure exceptional coverage, adhesion and depth of colour. 

Colour Story

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.

Find your perfect finish:

Available in new
Dead Flat


Walls, woodwork
& metal

Kitchen walls & ceilings

Bathroom walls
& ceilings




Front doors
& woodwork


Exterior walls

Traditional plasterwork

Intricate mouldings

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

accent Colour Skimming Stone
trim Colour Dove Tale
accent Colour London Clay
trim Colour Charleston Gray
accent Colour All White
trim Colour Strong White

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 I've always wanted to use Elephants Breath Elephants Breath is perfect! My new dream kitchen in cashere was fitted, splashbacks and worktops in place and all it needed was the painting... Elephants Breath is, in my opinion, the perfect neutral! My kitchen was almost entirely in a Greige using the Cashmere on both splashbacks and cabinets. The worktops are a light white-grey, floor mid grey, yet I didn't second guess using yet another neutral for the walls and I'm not kidding when I say it literally brought everything together. This colour is beautiful... rich, warm and classy. I can't imagine ever getting tired of adoring it. Everyone loves the whole colour scheme. For years I've looked at this colour and wondered where it would work best. Now I want to use it somewhere else. I've used with white doors and a warm stone trim, but I can imagine this would look amazing next to everything from navy to burgundy, let alone a neutral scheme. I will definitely use it again. Totally recommend it.
Date published: 2024-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour and finish This is a beautiful, warm colour. It did need 3 coats (probably best with one undercoat and 2 coats of the paint, as advised by Farrow & Ball) to achieve the final finish, but the end result is stunning.
Date published: 2023-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Crates a beautiful neutral colour scheme. Goes well with skimming ston.
Date published: 2023-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used in bedrooms but adds a real depth of grey I first saw this in a colleague’s house and fell in love with the depth of colour and so used it when we moved in to our house. It just hits grey in a different way and i love it. Find me on instagram #yasmininteriorhome
Date published: 2023-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shabby Sheek Paint I have used these paints for a long time. Always very good quality and good price.
Date published: 2023-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go to neutral Elephant's Breath is my go to neutral. I've used it in my living room for a relaxing shade with substance and just bought some more for my kitchen top cabinets. A great colour that suits almost everything.
Date published: 2023-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!! We have just had our lounge chimney breast painted in Elephants Breath, and the other walls in the room in Skimming Stone, all in modern emulsion. We are first timers with F&B paint..just totally over the moon with the finish and results colour wise !!! I was worried about reviews that said the modern emulsion had a high sheen...not the case in our experience thankfully. Definitely recommend the 2 colours, they blend so well and have created a lovely contempary, warm but neutral palette to match in curtains etc going forward....I think the whole house is going to be painted in these colours very soon haha love them! Will add photos soon!
Date published: 2023-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what they say it does Excellent coverage, odourless, grest finish, easy to use
Date published: 2023-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is it grey? Is it lavender? Or is it a skin tone? Painted my front room this colour 5 years ago, last year I got the decorator back in because we had removed a cupboard door and needed the shelves, back wall and the white glossing painted My original walls from 5 years ago were still in perfect condition and didn’t need repainting I did inside that cupboard to match the walls in Elephants Breath and I’m more than pleased with the results So worth paying for a quality paint because he didn’t have to repaint the walls my decorators bill was so much less
Date published: 2023-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy once, Buy the Best Quality product, not cheap but worth the investment
Date published: 2023-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Color with just a pale tone of old pink! This color is amazing! My husband and I are really happy of the results in our master room, the color is sweet and relaxing, the perfect combo with wood and wall, the atmosphere is soft and calm! We recommend it!
Date published: 2023-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic warm grey We used this colour for an Interior Design Project, it worked perfectly with their existing warm grey carpet. We also introduced the colour to the chest of drawers and architraves. Works best with warmer tones.
Date published: 2023-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour. Absolutely love the colour, however the paints a nightmare to apply. Thank fully I had a pro to do it but even he said it went on badly. Still, very pleased with finished result, colour is great and reacts to light beautifully.
Date published: 2023-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The paint doesn’t even look like it’s supposed to The paint consistency is very nice, but the colour is awful. It’s purple, not even close to what it’s supposed to be like.
Date published: 2023-08-06