No. 290

Salon Drab

Full Gloss

Archive Collection: Salon Drab is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
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Full Gloss

This warm drab has a two-part name combining ‘salon’, the small outer room off a drawing room, with a term that describes a colour as lacking in brightness. The richness of this chocolate brown is instantly appealing, effortlessly creating a modern look or classic 19th century feel. Salon Drab works as a dark accompaniment to both the Red Based and Contemporary Neutrals.

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for both interior and exterior wood and metal, as well as bringing a touch of glamour to walls and ceilings.

This product is archived and made to order, which means samples aren't available and orders cannot be refunded or returned.

Complementary white: Joa's White

Key features

Our highest shine finish

Our highest shine finish

Our Ultra-high-gloss finish with 95% sheen is available in our full range of colours. 

Photo credit; Aaron Dougherty

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 matt. 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 and exterior wood and metal

For interior and exterior wood and metal

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for use on both interior and exterior surfaces. It is mostly used on wood and metal trim, but it can also bring a touch of glamour to walls and ceilings, and is a popular choice for front doors.

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. 

Durable and washable

Durable and washable

Our Ultra-high-gloss finish with 95% sheen is available in our full range of colours. 

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 matt. 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. 

Lasts up to 6 years outside

Lasts up to 6 years outside

When applied according to our Product Advice Sheets, the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling and fading for up to six years. So, your exterior stays beautiful, no matter the weather. 

Photo credit;  F&B X Collagerie

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. 


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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: Joas WhiteComplementary white: Joas White

Joa's White

Joa’s White is a light and clean taupe with the merest hint of black pigment.
Find out more about Joa's White No.226

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

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 London Stone
No.6
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trim Colour Oxford Stone
No.264
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accent Colour Joa's White
No.226
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trim Colour Dimity
No.2008
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accent Colour Elephant's Breath
No.229
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trim Colour Skimming Stone
No.241

Sample Our Archive Collection 

The only way to sample all 142 colours in our archive collection, our Archive Colour Fan is the perfect design resource for those looking to sample beyond our Signature Palette.

Sample Our Favourite Browns

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 brown shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Oxford Stone, Jitney and Dead Salmon.




Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice dark neutral Excellent coverage. A versatile but timeless color.
Date published: 2023-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Salon drab is a winner (despite the name!) This seemed like a hold and maybe risky choice for our primary bedroom but once we saw it on the wall we were sold. It’s warmly dramatic, and now we can’t imagine any other choice! We went with the flat finish for extra depth but typically use modern emulsion.
Date published: 2023-08-19