Elephant's Breath


A warm mid grey

This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant's Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms. Try offsetting with Charleston Gray and London Clay for an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents, or pair with other Contemporary Neutrals such as the softer Strong White for a sense of neutrality and calm. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Elephant's Breath is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 304.
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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 www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Really nice colour I have it in two walls in the living area with the rest off white. Lovely combination. I also have the farrow and ball enchilra blue in two bedrooms stunning.
Date published: 2022-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful soft grey with a hint of purple I have used elephants breath in all my bedrooms and each one looks so different depending when the sun is shining or not. I have teamed each room with different colours of furnishings but the colour just seems to go with anything. We have always used estate emulsion. We don’t have sticky fingers touching walls. When we had wardrobes fitted there were a few touch ups needed but they look fine and you can’t see where any touch ups have been made. We’re not too keen on the modern emulsion, it looks too shiny and our decorator found it difficult to work with. Two bedrooms face south and two north and all look different depending on the light at the time.
Date published: 2022-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a name for such a wonderful useful colour As soon as I saw it a few years ago I loved the colour and still love it. I have used it throughout my house which I am still refurbishing.
Date published: 2022-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect paint ... as usual, perfect paint ... quality, colour and finish. Thank you F&B
Date published: 2022-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked brilliantly in the kitchen. I’m very happy with the results that I got from using elephants breath in the kitchen. I have an island unit in stiffkey blue that this shade compliments very well. The paint was great quality with excellent coverage. Thank you.
Date published: 2022-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning natural colour Beautiful colour, the neutral I was looking for
Date published: 2022-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This interesting shade was a touch too dark for our room.
Date published: 2022-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely love the colour I didn't even buy a sample - i knew i'd love it when i saw it online, i saw the photographs of other customers homes. I'm still in the process of decorating my own space but so far just adding the colour on the wall alone has transformed our living room. we are mid way through decorating our new home and waiting for furniture, soft furnishings and wall art to all arrive. but as an empty space you can really see how the colour works throughout the day and night.
Date published: 2021-12-13
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