California Collection: Sand


A sandy neutral

A warm white of depth and complexity, this versatile neutral conjures images of Malibu, with its soft-sanded beaches and its coastal homes filled with natural wood and textured linens.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: California Collection: Salt

California Collection: Sand is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
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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 Love the colour After spending a fortune on samples, I settled for Farrow & Balls Sand, & it's a lovely colour which I contrasted with White Tie. Very bright & fresh.
Date published: 2021-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size sample This is a lovely warm shade but not for me. It was helpful having the colour on a sample sheet as was able to move around the room.
Date published: 2021-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Didn’t need a sample pot of farrow a ball, just needed the colour.The paint is always quality and covers with ease. It might be a little more expensive then other brands,but you pay for what you get.
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I bought a few colours to use on a small Georgian flat in Bath. I used sand on the walls in the kitchen and salt in the ceiling . Wow what lovely fresh colours .
Date published: 2021-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like it I’m a huge fan of F&B paint and have been using them for the last 20 years. So I absolutely know that the colours represented in the photos on line don’t always represent the real deal. This is the case for “sand” too. In the promotional photograph it looks more beige / pink but in reality it is more warm yellow with a hint of green and leaning into a gold top jersey double cream. Strangely my camera phone doesn’t pick up the pigments as particularly yellow but more beige as well. And of course the colours’ undertones change with the light too. In the evening it is more grey / green (and reminds me a bit of the colour “matchstick”). Regardless, I’m enjoying this new F&B colour and so pleased with my choice. The paint, as always, went on brilliantly (both emulsion and eggshell) with no splatters and once dry has a beautiful, intensely pigmented, mat finish.
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice colours I have already reviewed these orders once. I did not realise they were sample swatches I thought I was ordering sample pots, my mistake although I think the information could have been made clearer. I could have made my own swatches if that is what I wanted. I can recommend F&B and the California collection to friends but NOT the swatches.
Date published: 2021-04-03
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