School House White


A soft off white

This is the lightest colour in the group including Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth - each created to look like white when used in deep shade. Pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups, this soft off white is reminiscent of the colour used in old school houses.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Wimborne White

School House White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 75.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 Gorgeous paint Used the Modern emulsion for the first time. Very nice almost matt finish, covers well. Color is gorgeous- a soft pleasing off white. Beautiful in my kitchen with maple cabinets. F&B is so worth the money.
Date published: 2021-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb quality and finish I bought a tin of modern emulsion about a month ago to paint my kitchen. I painted the cabinets in the spring with the modern eggshell and was so impressed with the quality and finish of the paint that I decided to try the modern emulsion to see if it was equally impressive - it was! As a family we cook alot and the paint copes with everything - including my son's curry sauce which seems to travel up walls. I do all my own decorating and this is the nicest paint I have had the pleasure to use in a long time. Very happy indeed.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage, goes on like a dream I love F&B paint. Really great quality. Excellent online delivery. Love how this product covers so well.
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Product I am totally converted to using F&B paints, fantastic finish, great to apply and due to the quality easily maintained, just a fantastic quality product.
Date published: 2020-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful finish I recently painted my porch floor, which was in terrible condition. The previous owner sanded the floor and did quite extensive damage to it. The radiator burst as well with this owner and had never been replaced. The porch was wet and unheated for unknown length of time. So, I did a remodel as soon as I could. I used Farrow & Ball paint for the first time and I loved it. Note, I didn't use a primer because I was leery of putting another paint below the F&B. I should have done 'something' to prepare the floor besides cleaning. The tannins in the wood bled through & it took four coats of paint to get it evenly covered. I did 'spot' spray a clear acrylic on the problem spots after the second coat and this helped a great deal. I attached before and after photos.
Date published: 2020-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Coverage When asked, our professional decorator friend recommended F&B. I took his advice and was very glad I did. This paint is smooth, faithful to the sample, easy to handle and covers in in one or two coats, maximum. I know paint. This paint is truly a pleasure to use.
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely depth of colour This ‘white’ has got so much character to it. As the day progresses and the direction of the sun entering the room changes the colour of the walls change with it.
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it was like xmas Ordered a few sample pots and had a great time decided on my colour. They came quickly and boxed and were undamaged.
Date published: 2020-11-15
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