Mole's Breath


A moody grey

A timeless grey whose name takes its roots from the much loved Elephant's Breath, this moody hue is inspired by a smaller, furrier animal. Mole's Breath is the most versatile of our stronger accents as it can be used both with Easy Neutrals like Purbeck Stone and Contemporary Neutrals like Strong White. It is particularly effective to ground kitchen islands and when used on the walls of smaller spaces to create a fabulously sullen yet warm room. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Ammonite

Mole's Breath is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 166.
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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 Our Master Bedroom Always liked greys for anything from walls to clothes!! And always wanted to have a full grey room. Mole’s Breath is just the perfect shade of grey, not too dark, not too light. And it changes throughout the day depending on how the light hits it. I simply love our room and this awesome colour!!
Date published: 2021-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moles Breath Modern Eggshell I did loads of research on what paint to buy for a wooden panelling job in the hall. I wanted a durable finish that gave that heritage look. The modern eggshell was a floor paint which advertises it is paint for wood, metal and masonry but not internal walls. I did the panelling with mdf cut into strips and applied to the walls so I wanted paint for wood and walls. I used leyland MDF primer for the wood and walls and reading reviews I thought this may be a problem as I didn’t use F&B. I bought a 5L tin and have only used just over half for the whole hall. The paint went on great, dries really quick too so got plenty of coats on fast. The first coat doesn’t look the best but as soon as you start applying more coats it really starts to take shape. I’m really pleased with the purchase and definitely worth every penny considering how expensive it is. We bought a B&Q Val spar last time round and there really is no comparison. The moles breath is a great shade of grey too. It’s not too dark and not too light, bang in the middle and the 40% sheen really catches and bounces the light at times looking spot on. Really pleased, great paint and great colour.
Date published: 2021-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour Perhaps at the outset thought this paint was expensive. However, the quality and finish was outstanding and well worth the money.
Date published: 2021-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love the colour, it’s going to be perfect for my kitchen units, always found Farrow and Ball paint fabulous. Can’t wait to start.
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for kitchen cabinets Used this colour before so knew it would look great on a customer’s kitchen cabinets. Shab2Fab is my upcycling business. I use FB and would be grateful of a discount with future purchases.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Easy to order and quick delivery. Colour is just as we hoped and looks great on the wall.
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Versatile I had an old table and left over Mole’s Breath from our livingroom. It really does transform and extend the life of old furniture! So easy to use and the varnish to finish really does being out the colour.
Date published: 2021-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful shade , great coverage A lovely warm grey , as always easy to use , 2 coats suffice, goes a long way, Best paint I've ever used, would not go back to otger cheaper brands , well worth the extra
Date published: 2021-03-17
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