No. 291

School House White

Estate Emulsion

School House White is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 28.
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Estate Emulsion

The lightest in the Timeless Neutrals group, this soft white is reminiscent of the colour used in school houses.  

Estate Emulsion is a classic choice for low-traffic interior walls and ceilings. Very matt with a distinctive, chalky finish, it minimises imperfections and creates a beautiful depth of colour.


Complementary white: Wimborne White

Key features

Very matte

Very matte

Estate Emulsion is a very matte finish with a chalky 2% 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.

Classic, chalky look

Classic, chalky look 

A true classic, Estate Emulsion is a distinctive, chalky finish that minimises imperfections and creates beautiful depth of colour. Due to this unique texture, it’s best suited to less-busy areas without a lot of traffic.

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas 

Estate Emulsion is our classic finish for interior walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas. Gently wipeable but not washable.

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.

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: Wimborne WhiteComplementary white: Wimborne White

Wimborne White

Only a shade away from a pure white, the addition of the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment creates a very versatile shade. Find out more about Wimborne White No.239

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

White & Light Tones

Our White & Light Tones Primer & Undercoat creates a wonderful base for our softest shades. Covering imperfections on your surface and adding extra depth of colour, this primer is based on our simplest colour, All White.

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 Shaded White
trim Colour Drop Cloth
accent Colour Wimborne White
trim Colour Shadow White
accent Colour Mizzle
trim Colour Blue Gray

Sample Our Favourites

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 shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful All White, Wimborne White and Pointing.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick delevery. Good size can. Decent size pot to allow painting different area. Farrow and Ball paints are so good they change colour and tone in different light so it is good to have enough for a few patches for light and shade.
Date published: 2024-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Kitchen Look. Just painted my kitchen cupboards in Modern Eggshell and it looks amazing, like a new kitchen, so very pleased with the finished result.
Date published: 2024-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint This paint goes on so smooth and even the finish is just perfect
Date published: 2024-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from happy customer Paint arrived safely. Did the job perfectly. Nothing further to say!
Date published: 2024-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing at all to dislike We’re very happy with our choice of School House White Dead Flat finish in our new garden room. Our room is North West facing and the paint reads warm/neutral with subtle changes across the day from cream to clay to warm or even greenish beige. The colour looks good with light oak floor and our black metal framed doors. We just used a white trim for skirting boards and ceilings. All looks very smart but also welcoming.
Date published: 2023-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality paint Love this colour! Looks so good thought the day. Really good coverage.
Date published: 2023-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White / very light grey paint Very nice white / very light grey paint for the ceiling
Date published: 2023-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint School House White is perfect in our through dining/living room. It is a soft of white and takes on a different shade throughout the day. I chose dead flat and it has a lovely finish. I also painted the radiators in the same paint, having alway previously used white gloss paint, I am really pleased with the result. it's easy to use and covers really well.
Date published: 2023-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just stunning Amazing colors- every color I’ve got from F&B is so rich and intense..
Date published: 2023-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make sure you get a tester pot to save time & mone I bought this paint to repaint my shaker kitchen cupboards. I bought a sample first from B&Q but in emulsion rather than eggshell. Unfortunately when I got the eggshell and tried it out the colour was too dark. However I will try it on the panneling I'm putting up in my bathroom so its not wasted. I bought another farrow and ball shadow white for my kitchen.
Date published: 2023-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Quality Product Living in the Highlands it is not always too easy to pop along to your local paint shop! Ordering online was easy with the added bonus of free delivery. The paint arrived well packaged a few days later. The quality of the paint was evident from the way it easily covered the walls and ceiling. School House White has been the perfect choice for our north/south facing room. Paired with Mizzle on the window cills and skirtings we have made a good choice.
Date published: 2023-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite white Classic warm white that compliments a number of colours. Effortless to use with brilliant results every time.
Date published: 2023-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful finish Beautiful color, incredible finish (dead flat), low odor, great distribution. The color is definitely more creamy than white with a neutral undertone.
Date published: 2023-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceptional paint and great delivery too! My favourite paint to work with thus far. The colours are spectacular how they change in the light especially in northern(ish) Alberta. Summer to winter the ambiance from the paint on the wall feels seasonal as well. I've chosen to paint our walls in the Dead Flat and the trim and doors in the same colour but Modern Emusion. We live in a log house and I appreciate the subtle contrast from the sheen difference. The bonus for me is Farrow and Ball's great delivery timing. I live 3 hours from a major center and the quick delivery is really appreciated!
Date published: 2023-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic paint Fantastic paint, little to no prep required and a stunning finish, dry in a couple of hours. Will never use oil based gloss again. No smell, easy application and clean the brush in water.
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous white This off-white is so beautiful… it’s unique to any white we’ve used on our walls. Also, we were covering up a light blue and we only needed one coat. We have this in our bedroom with a vintage french tapestry and it all just looks very romantic and cozy
Date published: 2023-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond my Expectations I have the luxury of being near a showroom and went in for several consultations and many samples. Funny that in the end my color scheme will be one that is on the Eddy page. Eight weeks of hard work (stripping the stairs) is finally done and the effort was worth it! The three pictures below are all from the same time, just in different lighting. The dead flat finish is amazing, albeit with its new qualities unproven (I don’t ever want to see a speck of dust on the stairs)! This is my first time using F&B and am hooked!
Date published: 2023-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Schoolhouse white Gorgeous soft white colour great coverage looks wonderful on my kitchen units. Thanks!
Date published: 2023-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful soft warm white I used School House White in my south facing living room. It was used over a start white that was too jarring. It is the most wonderful soft white that maybe only leans a tad yellow at the height of a sunny afternoon, otherwise it is the most beautiful soft white with a hint of warm gray. It is definitely a chamelion color that plays well with my burnt orange couch in my updated 1910 home. It works beautifully next to the dining area that is painted Shaded White. I would use again for a clean updated, not stark or boring cool gray room, Two coats covered perfectly...
Date published: 2023-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites so far! Following our colour consultation, we’ve used school house white on our open plan kitchen/living room walls, skirtings and wooden window frames. Paired with Shaded White kitchen cabinets and of black & mouses back accent woodwork and furniture. All white has been used on the ceiling. Such a gorgeous neutral which changes depending on the sun. This is a south facing room. We used modern emulsion due to it being a high use area and having a dog - so far so good - very distance and wipeable!
Date published: 2023-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favorite white I really cannot stress this enough but buy the real thing. Color matches don’t compare. I absolutely love school house white, it’s the perfect warm creamy white. The undertones of color matched paints make it look completely different than the real thing when painted over such a large surface. My only complaint is both the dead flat and modern eggshell I used had a shorter open time than I’m used to, but otherwise the paint is really nice and the glossier modern eggshell was the same color as the dead flat. With other brands the different sheens can look like completely different colors. 100% recommend
Date published: 2024-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something a little extra for the paying customer. Paint covered well. Some areas required a 3rd coat but I didn’t use primer. A customized pouring tool should be given when purchasing a gallon of paint at this price point. Especially because the size of the can and inside lip isn’t like most brands. They don’t even give you an opening tool for Christ sake.
Date published: 2023-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Testing colours for our new home As usual the paints I have tested have been lovely. The expected colour and reacting to light in a way that I have not found with other paints.
Date published: 2024-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ruined by delivery This 100ml pot was delivered by what must have been a 20 ton lorry which came down very narrow country lanes. F&B’s response was that they do not have any control over their couriers? I thought it would come in the post. Environmental impact shocking.
Date published: 2024-04-09

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

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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