California Collection: Salt


A crisp white

A bright, crisp white, reminiscent of the salty air ushered in by the Pacific Ocean and the delicate crystalline layer it leaves behind.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: California Collection: Salt

California Collection: Salt is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 12.
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Back in 2010, we moved our entire range to an eco-friendly water base that’s low odour, low VOC and child-safe, becoming the first in the industry to do so. Easy to clean without harmful solvents, in tins that can be recycled again and again, our paints help to reduce the environmental impact of redecorating your home.


Our paint colours are 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 Lovely I absolutely adore this colour, I’ve used it on my bedroom ceiling with hazy blue on the walls and it looks stunning, lovely and fresh without being clinical. So much so I’ve decided to use it in other areas off the house. The colour card is true to the real colour
Date published: 2021-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So crisp but not blindingly so Love this new colour Salt. I have used in my new kitchen extension where I wanted a bright, crisp finish without the harshness or blueness of pure white. A great partner for cornworth white and ammonite. Decorator said the coverage was incredible also.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brill for North facing I'm in love with this new colour. Marked down 1 star as I took a bit of a gamble because the sample was not big enough to show me what it would truly look like. Agree with other reviewers that the samples are extortion. Colour is fab though. I'd been searching an age for a neutral that wouldn't look cold or too creamy in my North facing house and this is it.
Date published: 2021-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Ordered the sample's expecting their sample pots without really paying attention, was a little surprised to get the sample cards but found them very useful to position in prime areas of the wall at different periods during the day to see the colours in different light. Have now ordered some of the paint and lucking forward to seeing if there is a difference.
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Colour is fine but..... Ordered a sample of ‘Salt’ from the new Californian collection and I knew it would be an a5 piece of paper. What I didn’t expect was a dirty, scratched piece of paper that took 2 1/2 weeks to arrive! Colour is nothing special so I went with a white from Dulux heritage range as it was half the price and I could actually buy a sample pot of PAINT!
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not sure of real colour as piece of paper very disappointing sample, crumpled and overpriced. Didn’t notice it was small piece of paper would not have ordered. As trusted brand didn’t think to check expected a smoke tin won’t make that mistake again.
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Paint sample Thought this would be a great new color for my loft, but this is definitely not happening. When they got rid of their half gallon tins, which were so convenient to buy for accent colors, I didn't complain. However, these overpriced slips of paper are an insult to a loyal customer, and I feel cheated. I am certainly not going to use any of the new colors.
Date published: 2021-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from £5 for A5 paper sheet... The sample for the California series is an approx a5 sheet of paper, priced the same as the familiar sample size tins of paint. The tins of real paint give a much better testing opportunity so I was rather disappointed by these swatches in terms of usability and price. If they were £1 then great, you could buy several and put them up in different areas simultaneously. Mine also arrived very crumpled in the post. The colours are nice, however, but I’m sticking to the colours I’ve tested with real paint as I feel more confident in the real colours I’ll ultimately get and wish this range was available with the usual testers. Some may find them far more convenient, however. Just make sure you understand what you’re getting.
Date published: 2021-03-27
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