Old White


A historic grey green

This soft grey green simply earns its name by being the most historic of all our whites. One of our Traditional Neutrals, Old White can read as a subdued green, particularly in north facing rooms, but feels more of a classic grey in well lit spaces. It’s the most sophisticated of colours and feels just as at home in the drawing room of a historic house as it does in the kitchen of a modern family home. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Old White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 113.
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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 color and quality So happy with the quality of this paint and the color, Old White. I wanted beige without being yellow or grey. The room also doesn’t get much natural light so the color couldn’t be too dark. The color is PERFECT! It is soothing and calm and beautiful! It went in my toddlers room so I used the Modern Emulsion finish as it is probably going to go through some abuse.
Date published: 2021-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old faithful Have used Old White before and this time we’ve used it on our Edwardian house exterior windows and masonry in Lime White. It looks sophisticated and suits our old home a treat. The depth of colour always perfect.
Date published: 2021-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old White, Perfect This traditional colour proved the perfect choice for our Cheshire brick farmhouse, thank you for your accurate advice online.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and great colours! The samples were sent quickly and so we were able to make a choice with ease. I’m so impressed with the quality of the paint and the colours. We opted for Skimming Stone and purchased from B&Q.
Date published: 2021-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I purchased Old White paint for my Kitchen. It looks exactly like the description given on the website. It is the perfect colour and finish, I am delighted with the results. Will definitely buy again
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to colour I bought this paint a few years ago no.4 have had it again love the colour
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good service I bought sample pots, which looked good, so purchased enough to do 3 walls, plus Blue Hague for one wall. Arrived immediately.
Date published: 2021-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible colour Just beautiful, a very soft grey green that looks effortless
Date published: 2021-03-01
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