Skimming Stone


A warm light grey

This stony off white takes its name from a 19th century skim, or plaster colour, but often reminds us of childhood afternoons skimming stones. With its warm light grey undertones, Skimming Stone is extremely versatile and particularly suited to soothing bedroom schemes. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, it sits with the lighter Strong White and darker Elephant's Breath for a clean and contemporary look, but can also be used in a darker statement scheme alongside Pelt or London Clay. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Skimming Stone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 255.
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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 Beautiful colour Beautiful colour, one of many samples I’ve had on the living room wall! Not for me though… too dark.
Date published: 2022-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ceiling color and half of the wall My hallway is narrow, so I wanted to create the illusion of more room. I read two colors one on top and a second in the bottom would achieve this. I decided to use Skimming Stone from the ceiling to half of the wall. Making the room look bigger.
Date published: 2022-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour, turned out better than expected. Lovely colour. Has a very slight pink tone in the room I used it in. Used modern emulsion for the first time as I didn’t want a total Matt finish but I think I will stick with estate as I find thats easier to paint with. Looks a lot lighter on a full wall compared with my test patch too.
Date published: 2022-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour We have recently redecorated our kitchen and love the lichen dead flat on the cupboards . Teamed with skimming stone and Wimborne white . We have a fresh classy new look. Love the quality of the pair and how it changes in different light.
Date published: 2022-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour! We have tried approx 4011 different colours in our bed room but were not quite satisfied. Finally, we got recommended F&Bs colours and the Skimming Stone became our choice. It develops greatly depending on the light. The only thing now is that we are struggling to match it with any type of green color which we would like to use in the hall. Any suggestions?
Date published: 2021-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skimming stone in a west facing room Bought skimming stone for the living room in my west facing coastal home. its a beautiful soft colour when the light is brightest late afternoon, almost translucent, but too dark almost flat in the morning light which is cooler. I love F&B paint and have been using it for years, and won't use anything else. Search now on for a soft pale grey that will work with the changing west light.
Date published: 2021-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our new farrow & ball home Moved in our new house and decided on skimming stone for the lounge, kitchen and orangery it looks wonderful such a lovely natural colour and looks fabulous
Date published: 2021-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour grey / beige tones Fabulous colour and goes with beige or grey accessories. Lovely to use and good coverage. Teamed it with the dove tail on the feature wall and was worried it would all look far to grey but it doesn’t and it’s perfect.
Date published: 2021-07-03
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