Dove Tale


A warm grey with lilac undertones

Dove Tale is a darker version of Elephant's Breath and is perfect for those who are hoping for a warm grey finish. Typical of the colours used by the bohemian Bright Young Things between the wars, it is the perfect choice for the bedroom as its gentle lilac undertone create a soft and inviting feel. Pair with Skimming Stone for the most flattering and subtle scheme. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Dove Tale is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 64.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 Amazing Quality First time of using FB paint and am extremely pleased with the results, I will certainly use again.
Date published: 2020-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely quality paint I bought this test pot for my new attic room, but ended up using another Farrow & Ball colour. It is very helpful to be able to try colours out. This paint is lovely quality, easy to apply with a really matt chalky finish and great choice of subtle colours.
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First class service again! 5l of Dove Tale paint was ordered online. It arrived so speedily and punctually. It was in perfect condition and I am delighted with how my bedroom has turned out.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the colour! This went a long way and did several coats of all my wooden chests .They look lovely now !
Date published: 2020-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one ! Having bought umpteen samples of varying shades of grey,putty, beige....I think this is it . A warm grey rather than too cool. Sample painted on a decent sized card to see it in different light -- it`s looking good ...well, almost everywhere.
Date published: 2020-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous I liked the tester pot so much I bought 5ltrs and painted some sleeves with it it might be expensive but you certainly see the difference with cheaper paint. It goes on beautifully and dries to a lovely silk finish. Would highly recommended and will definitely be back.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great grey-purple I love the F&B paints that have purplish undertones. I used rich Brassica for a cozy rear bedroom and the subtly purple Elephant's Breath for a bright front bedroom. So I wanted an in-between choice for the ensuite bathroom. Love it.
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I purchased the match pot for the Dove tale loved it and so I bought the paint. Fab to use and a really lovely colour.
Date published: 2020-07-27
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