Cornforth White


An understated grey

Cornforth White is the mid tone in the group of Easy Neutrals which are totally understated and extremely versatile. Neither too warm nor too cool, Cornforth White sits contentedly between Ammonite and Purbeck Stone to create a hushed and calming retreat. Named in memory of John Cornforth, the revered architectural historian, contrast with Wevet to enhance its grey qualities. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Wevet

Cornforth White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 311.
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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-odor, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They also meet child- and baby-safe requirements in accordance with The Canada Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, Canada Toy Regulations (SOR/2011-17) – Section 23 and ASTM F963 – 17 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.


Our paint colours are 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.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to

Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect neutral! I used this color on my open concept kitchen and living space. Like all Farrow and Ball produces has a deep range of color throughout the day. The room is south facing and gets lots of natural light. I just love how it isn't too cool or too warm. Perfectly right in the middle.
Date published: 2022-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luxurious Pondered on many Colours for our kitchen and so happy that we chose Cornforth white. It is a light subtle grey that compliments our white splash back and dark blue units. Perfect.
Date published: 2022-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Quality Paint I bought a 100ml Sample Pot of Cornforth White No.228 as this is the colour the woodwork will be painted in our new build house. It’s a lovely, soft, creamy grey. Delicious (if you can use that word to describe paint?). Very fast delivery too. Thank you.
Date published: 2022-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect color for guest room Very pleased with the end result! A great choice for my guest room
Date published: 2022-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Cornforth white Absolutely thrilled with my dining room and stairs which we did walls in Cornforth white and pannelling in Wevet. The finish is beautiful
Date published: 2021-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forthright about the Cornforth White I used this paint on some bedroom furniture and it has transformed the whole room from dark and dowdy to light and classy. The paint covers like a dream leaving hardly any brush or roller marks. Is it expensive yes is it worth it yes. Henceforth will only use F&B on my furniture upcycling projects
Date published: 2021-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Colour I settled on this colour after reading other reviews and I didn’t regret it as the colour is perfect. A calming soft grey that blends in beautifully with the rest of my decor and furnishings
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understated yet powerful. After several test pots from several brands used on many areas of our lounge and dining room we chose Cornforth White. If you’re looking for a colour that’s neither too Grey or too Beige, this colour is perfect.
Date published: 2021-05-27
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