An earthy yellow based neutral

This Yellow Based Neutral is reminiscent of the untreated twine used by gardeners and parcel senders worldwide. String’s underlying green adds a pale and earthy feel which works particularly well in rooms connected to the outside, such as conservatories and boot rooms. For a relaxed and effortless scheme, contrast with the very slightly lighter Matchstick. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: White Tie

String is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 61.
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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 Wonderful paint! I recently decided to splurge on Farrow and ball paints to paint my kitchen cabinets. I've used lots of paint in the past, but really loved this paint!! I bought two colors, string and a red (forget the name) then glazed over the paint followed by 3 coats of polyurethane and am thrilled with the results!
Date published: 2022-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour We used this colour as a complimentary shade (in our fireplace) to cord in our lounge. We were so happy with the colour being slightly lighter we have just used it in our hallway.
Date published: 2022-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from External primer undercoat and eggshell Painted the soffits with mid shades primer undercoat and then eggshell in String. Went on very easily and looks great.
Date published: 2021-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never fail to impress! So pleased we chose to go with String for our master bedroom. It changes colour )more than I’ve ever known a paint to do before) with the light. Hues of green, grey and yellow... It’s incredibly versatile, and warming. We’ve had many compliments!
Date published: 2021-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very calming We have this in our bedroom and it’s lovely. Very calming. Can look more green or yellow depending on the time of day and the light. Love it. Paired with Mouse’s back on the cupboard doors. Looks lush.
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Farrow & Ball "simply the best"! I always paint with Farrow & Ball, Modern emulsion so wallas can be wiped when necessary. Let's be honest, how many times have you painted and months later you see a Mark. No issue as with Modern emulsion simply wipe with a damp clean cloth and it simply disappears leaving no wipe marks whatsoever. We recently had windows fitted and sadly there was some touching up to do around the inside of the frame. No problem..... simply order a tester pot of the colour you have already used (don't forget you need the modern emulsion) and hey presto, touch up job complete. You would never even know. The colour you see on the colour chart is the exact match when painted on the walks or woodwork and the colour choice is stunning. Thank you "Frarrow & Ball".
Date published: 2021-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful finish Always use F & B paint for internal woodwork. Painted old French dresser & new book shelving in ' String '. Used an undercoat first. Lovely finish & hardwearing.
Date published: 2021-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colours, lovely quality paint ! We've been refurbishing an early Victorian villa, full of period features, for 6 years and have used F&B throughout. It's not just the colours but the quality of the paint... odourless, great coverage ( very impressed with 'Strings coverage over an earlier layer of Lamp Room Grey) and great to apply. Can't recommend F&B enough!!
Date published: 2020-11-28
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