James White


An off white with a slight green hue

This off white was first created for the pretty garden room of a discerning Dr James with a fresh underlying green tone. The slightest hint of green creates a calm, soothing and airy feel which is particularly useful for darker interiors. When used with no contrasts, James White transforms the space into the most light and tranquil of rooms, so it is often favoured in the bedrooms of the super stressed. It will look greener when used in contrast with All White and in north facing rooms. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

James White is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 116.
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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 Love the colour and the paint After being recommended to farrow and ball by my son, I have now done 3 rooms in my house with it and I am doing all the rest over the next few weeks. James White is so lovely, I have it in the kitchen and the dining room ceiling. It goes so well and is so light and bright, it changed colour with the light I love it, I also plan to do my stairs and landing in James White too.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Tried lots of testers this had enough depth but not so datk
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Colour and very versatile I chose James White because I had used it in my previous house and love the colour. It compliments so many other colours when used side by side. I have now completed two bedrooms - both very different and have used it for the ceiling in both. I am about to start the sitting room and I will use it on the ceiling, cornice and 3 walls with a bright green feature wall. I am confident the colours will work.
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect coverage & lovely neutral tones I bought this along with Green Smoke for a bedroom project it was the perfect accompaniment and, as always, I was so pleased with the coverage and finish, well worth the money
Date published: 2021-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality paint As a lockdown project a dark bedroom was painted with this shade. It worked beautifully and was a treat to use.
Date published: 2021-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality As a lockdown project I prioritised painting the bedroom. The paint was of the expected high standard, easy to apply and lovely to look at.
Date published: 2021-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really top quality product! .....there's no going back now,its Farrow&Ball for me every-time I'm buying paint!
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely shade. I have used F&B for over 15 years now, using various combinations of creams and yellows. We changed our cream kitchen to having sage green units four years ago and after receiving advice on James White decided to go ahead. The lady at F&B said it would take on the colour of our units, and it really did! At first we used it with Wimbourne white on the ceiling and woodwork. We repainted a couple of months ago and used Smoke Green on the skirting boards with James White on the walls again. So pleased with the colours, our house is a 1930s build and we try to pick colours that wouldn't have been out of place then, that will go with our '30s style furniture. We are repainting our hall soon and will use James White with some more green shades from F&B, we love their paint and have it in every room.
Date published: 2021-01-24
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