Hardwick White


A traditional grey

This traditional grey was originally created to touch up the old limewash at Hardwick Hall and doesn’t look very white to most, unless contrasted with strong shades like Off-Black. Less blue than Lamp Room Gray and with an unsurpassed depth of colour, Hardwick White’s rich and chalky hue sits just as well in a contemporary room as it does in a historic house.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Clunch

Hardwick White is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 110.
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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 Hardwick white exterior eggshell Freshen up of a barn conversion went on like a dream #gordyshomeinteriors
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour and quality Great paint coverage and finish is superb worth the price over other high street brands
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER COLOUR! I have used Hardwick White on the door surround of our front door - it looks stunning.
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality! This product was really amazing. I was doubtful that it would be that much better than other premium paints, but it was definitely worth the extra cost.
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Painted my living room with Hardwick white. It just the right shade not too dark or light, very soft gray with hint of green. Very relaxing. I use a lot of F &B paint and it goes on very well leaving a lovely finish.
Date published: 2021-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect paint So pleased we bought Farrow & Ball paint . Our bedroom looks fabulous - can’t wait to decorate more rooms .
Date published: 2021-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardwick white perfect Great colour that is very chameleon like - I’d describe a a green grey. Just looks good on everything. Very speedy delivery.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful subtle colour As with other F&B paint I’ve purchased, this did not dissappoint. This was the first time however, I’d purchased direct from the company, and it arrived very quickly which was great and rather surprising considering the current pandemic situation. It was well packaged, and the colour is just gorgeous. It’s a lovely subtle colour which I plan on using for upcycling some furniture but I haven’t got round to it yet! I have done a tester p, to try the colour, and the paint goes on like a dream. Lovely quality, and easy to paint with. Self levelling, so minimal brush strokes are visible, and it’s low odour too.
Date published: 2021-02-10
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