A cool and delicate grey

Dimpse is a delicate grey named after the quaint West Country dialect for the colour of twilight and is one of our cooler Architectural Neutrals. Sitting between Pavilion Gray and Blackened, its subtle blue undertones work particularly well in modern architectural spaces. Brush onto kitchen units alongside a Down Pipe island for a clean finish that is conducive to minimal living. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

Dimpse is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 141.
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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.


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 Gorgeous Lovely colour. Painted on perfect. 2 coats did the trick perfectly. Always quality from F&B
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Colour After trying a few sample pots I decided on 5L Estate Emulsion Dimpse No.277, and I’m so glad I did. It was exactly the colour I was looking for in my living room and has really brought the room to life. It went on so easily, and the way the colour changes from morning to evening is incredible! The paint was easy and smooth to apply, leaving an superb finish. The delivery service was very good. Received the paint the day after ordering.
Date published: 2021-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect light Grey I have tried many grey paints but this one is perfect. Looks grey not blue like a lot of grey paints.
Date published: 2021-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dimpse First time using Farrow and Ball and am very satisfied. Dimpse is a lovely grey which really brightens up a north facing bedroom. The paint was delivered quickly. It is easy to use with good coverage. Having used many brands of paint I can confirm that F&B is worth the premium.
Date published: 2021-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Samples Ending up doing a different colour but very please with the result it’s such a shame that the sample pots are so big as only use a tsp amount I ended up buying 7 sample pots and such a waste.
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Grey for a room that needs lightened up This was one of 6 testers to repaint a grey room but in a grey that looks good with little light (north window and east window). Dimpse is lovely and light but definitely grey, unlike other testers that looked green or beige
Date published: 2021-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful colour and features Has turned a dowdy looking room into a modern, fresh 'gem'
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I bought this as on of three colours for our bedroom, really pleased with the result
Date published: 2021-01-30
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