Skimmed Milk White


Skimmed Milk White is from our new Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum to bring the true colours of nature into your home.

A mid-tone off white

Skimmed Milk White is a mid-tone off white with extraordinary softness. Its laid-back nature creates rooms that feel as if they have been that colour forever, whether used on woodwork alongside a stronger wall colour, or on walls with a Snow White trim for a more contemporary feel.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Snow White

Skimmed Milk White is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 33.
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Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odour, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They are also certified child- and baby-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


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.


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.

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Limewash: Danger. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. 

Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

All other finishes: Contains isothiazolinones. May produce an allergic reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give it a chance We bought this to go on the ceiling with Ash Grey on the walls. Walls were originally cream/beige. I painted this on and was so dark. It appeared green to me, and dark grey on camera against the original walls. But we persevered, and honestly once the Ash Grey was on the walls, it changed looks completely and now looks like a lovely cream with a slight hint of green. We are really happy with our colour choice.
Date published: 2021-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green gray beige - not white or milk but lovely As stated in many other reviews, definitely spend the money on a sample here. The colour is very dependent on the light and in my southwest facing room the skimmed milk is definitely green. Not bad, but you need to want that. Not bright but like the inside of an avocado. I had combined with dark grey curtains and antique table and dark wooden floor and the hubby found it “old fashioned” and “stuffy” and I get his point. However, the space is warm, comforting and lovely - just like at Nan’s... The compromise: the colour stays, the curtains and prints go.
Date published: 2021-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unusual and lovely colour I'm using this paint in my hallway and am so pleased with it. The colour is great and the paint goes on so easily.
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little hint of green in certain lights Bought this new paint in a sample pot. It has a little hint of green in certain lights. Very different, very fresh colour
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful light green colour Bought to go with Designers Guide wallpaper and the colour match was perfect. I did have to use 3 coats as opposed to most that are 2 coats, but it's a lovely finish and I am pleased with the outcome
Date published: 2020-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relaxing mellow shade Used sample pot and am really happy with the colour which, in my north facing kitchen, is a creamy pale mushroom shade, very mellow and subtle. Will be buying the full size paint in this colour.
Date published: 2020-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour I love this colour on the swatch and was confident it was light enough as it was classed in the white range. However, I’m not sure how. It comes out a lot darker and almost a different colour almost like a green. I would definitely buy a tester pot before you buy the big tin. It has turned out ok in my living room as I do have a lot of vintage pieces and furniture is antique and more darker wood so I am really pleased with it. But don’t think it’s a white it’s truly not just buy a tester pot to make sure you lie the dried colour.
Date published: 2020-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skimmed milk We recently moved to a bungalow and wished to keep the colour scheme similar. We chose 3 F&B test pots. The skimmed milk is slightly darker than what we have but is warmer and perfect for our living area . We will be buying the full tin soon .
Date published: 2020-10-09
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