Parma Gray


A cool mid blue

Reading as a cool blue, Parma Gray is another colour attributed to the great colourist John Fowler. Used as the backdrop to numerous costume dramas, it creates the perfect period feel when contrasted with Wimborne White. Though its cool nature can feel quite formal when contrasted with a bright white, it is a firm favourite for those who prefer a clean and crisp finish. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Blackened

Parma Gray is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 178.
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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 Great colour This paint is a great colour and gives us the right feel in the hall, stairs that we need. Not too bright but mellow and just the right tone for the space it surrounds. Like it a lot.
Date published: 2022-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love The Colour We decided on using Parma Gray as the accent colour in our Hague Blue kitchen and we are loving the combination
Date published: 2021-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, fascinating color I love many F&B colors, but this is my third time choosing Parma Gray. This color is hard to describe, especially as it changes when the light changes, sometimes looking blue and other times gray. I used it in a room with a view where it echoes and highlights the sky outside the window. The color is a soft, strong gray-blue -- a perfect contrast to clouds, sky and landscape in any season. Amazing in winter.
Date published: 2021-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parma gray We have used Parma Gray to paint our hall, stairs and landing. It looks fantastic. The paint went on well and covered in 2 coats. Would highly recommend Farrow and Ball modern emulsion we are pleased with the quality of the paint and it has saved us money as we would have spent more on cheaper paints needing to apply more coats.
Date published: 2021-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the colour I bought this paint for my kitchen cupboards. It took 3 coats but it has a lovely sheen and has made the cupboards look brand new. Also no headachy smell.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern colour ... modern technology... modern emu! On top of old emulsion and bare plaster. Medium tone primer ... 2 coats followed by 2 coats of undiluted Modern Emulsion ... never had an easier paint to apply for a real depth of colour.
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Delighted with the colour but in my room, despite the name, more blue than grey. That's what I wanted but proof that you have to test the colour first.
Date published: 2021-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The colour and finish is just brilliant I would definately only use farrow & ball paint from now on
Date published: 2021-03-30
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