Salon Drab


A deep chocolate brown

This warm drab has a two-part name combining ‘salon’, the small outer room off a drawing room, with a term that describes a colour as lacking in brightness. The richness of this chocolate brown is instantly appealing, effortlessly creating a modern look or classic 19th century feel. Salon Drab works as a dark accompaniment to both the Red Based and Contemporary Neutrals. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimity

Salon Drab is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
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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 Salon Drab is not 'drab' at all! After much consideration of various F&B browns, I have chosen Salon Drab as the color for the plywood floor of my campervan. It is rich chocolate color that is more bronze than the reddish color shown online, and it complements the Dimity ceiling, Archive upper walls, Red Earth wainscoting, Card Room Green window trim, medium gray cabinetry and brushed bass drawer pulls. I wanted a durable 'dirt' color for the floor and Salon Drab is just the ticket!
Date published: 2021-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning! lush enough to eat Used this stunning shade to paint my staircase and spindles.Im really happy with the finish and got many compliments from interior designers.Going to do my doors and front door next
Date published: 2021-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought Samples to check colour I bought three samples so that I could pick the right tone. Great way of doing this before committing to a larger pot of paint!
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great feature to our day room The colours are just as you see on their list . The paints and colours are truly magnificent, the quality and colours are superb and are so superior than their competitors. Love farrow and ball party BT’s and colours.
Date published: 2021-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Experience with F &B Gloss Pleased with the sample pots, chose salon drab, have just had the exterior doors of my house painted in gloss, very smart, looks lighter than Matt sample, more like a dark khaki than dark choc brown. Paint still slightly tacky after 24 hours
Date published: 2020-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was the one! Tried other colours but this was just right for our stone external sills and plinth, replacing patchy black, looks good against creamy ochre limewashed walls.Easy to use, good coverage.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect colour! I had an old chest of drawers and some left over Salon Drab and I’m over the moon with the result! It’s such a warm, classy colour.
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a taster! Bought a sample pot to paint a sideboard, perfect finish, colour as stated. F & B paint is the best.
Date published: 2020-01-20
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