A cool and delicate grey

Dimpse is a delicate grey named after the quaint West Country dialect for the colour of twilight and is one of our cooler Architectural Neutrals. Sitting between Pavilion Gray and Blackened, its subtle blue undertones work particularly well in modern architectural spaces. Brush onto kitchen units alongside a Down Pipe island for a clean finish that is conducive to minimal living. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White 

Dimpse is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 150.
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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-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 3:2013+A3:2018).*

*Excluding specialist finishes of Limewash, Casein Distemper and Soft Distemper, and our Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat, Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer & Undercoat, and Metal Primer & Undercoat.


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.


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.

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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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gorgeous soft grey As someone who finds a lot of greys quite depressing this one has me converted, it’s soft and light in our dark cold cottage
Date published: 2022-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality paint After trying other brands we chose farrow and ball Dimpse and very happy with it.
Date published: 2022-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour I have bought many farrow and ball paints as it’s the best quality by far Lovely paint finish as always
Date published: 2022-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour I tried a sample pot which was fab and so went on to buy 2 tins of furniture paint. Goes on beautiful and doesn’t drip….fab fab fab!!!
Date published: 2021-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent paint - Beautiful soft grey Sampled quite a few greys with finally choosing Dimpse in Modern Emulsion. It's a lovely soft grey that also has elegance. Excellent coverage and exceptional quality. This is not our first purchase of Farrow & Ball paint and the quality has been consistently good every time.
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! My daughter chose this as she wanted a pale grey in her bedroom. As with all Farrow and Ball paints it was superb quality and the colour was even better than we imagined, subtle but elegant. I don’t use any other brand of paint since a disaster with some cheap emulsion back in the early 2000’s. My dad recommended farrow and ball and I have yet to be disappointed
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great service lovely quality awaiting our guy to spray the kitchen wiht this
Date published: 2021-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Lovely colour. Painted on perfect. 2 coats did the trick perfectly. Always quality from F&B
Date published: 2021-04-06
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