No. 291

School House White

Soft Distemper

School House White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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Available in The Netherlands only.


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Soft Distemper

The lightest in the Timeless Neutrals group, this soft white is reminiscent of the colour used in school houses.  

This traditional distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. Its blend of natural resin and minerals means it can be delicately applied, allowing detail to be preserved on intricate mouldings.

Complementary white: Wimborne White

Key features

Very matt

Very matt

This traditional delicate distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. 2% sheen. 

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other. 

Delicate finish

Delicate finish

This traditional delicate distemper has an exquisite, soft, powdery finish and is recommended for very detailed interior plasterwork. 2% sheen. 

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other. 

For intricate cornices and mouldings

For intricate cornices and mouldings

Suitable for use on detailed plasterwork and intricate mouldings only. 
 
From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project. 

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer. 


75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Complementary white: Wimborne WhiteComplementary white: Wimborne White

Wimborne White

Only a shade away from a pure white, the addition of the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment creates a very versatile shade. Find out more about Wimborne White No.239

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.


Colour Schemes

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accent Colour Shaded White
No.201
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trim Colour Drop Cloth
No.283
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accent Colour Wimborne White
No.239
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trim Colour Shadow White
No.282
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accent Colour Mizzle
No.266
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trim Colour Blue Gray
No.91

Sample Our Favourites

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful All White, Wimborne White and Pointing.

View All White Paint Colours

Here at Farrow & Ball, white is never just white. We have over twenty shades to choose from, all with different undertones to create different moods.

 

White Paint Colours

White Paint Schemes

Find inspiration for your project and view beautiful images of white paint schemes in real homes.

See our White Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick delevery. Good size can. Decent size pot to allow painting different area. Farrow and Ball paints are so good they change colour and tone in different light so it is good to have enough for a few patches for light and shade.
Date published: 2024-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Kitchen Look. Just painted my kitchen cupboards in Modern Eggshell and it looks amazing, like a new kitchen, so very pleased with the finished result.
Date published: 2024-03-28

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

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 Primer & Undercoat and Metal Primer & Undercoat. 

Quality Finishes

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.

Safety Information

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

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.