Dove Tale


A warm grey with lilac undertones

Dove Tale is a darker version of Elephant's Breath and is perfect for those who are hoping for a warm grey finish. Typical of the colours used by the bohemian Bright Young Things between the wars, it is the perfect choice for the bedroom as its gentle lilac undertone create a soft and inviting feel. Pair with Skimming Stone for the most flattering and subtle scheme. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Dove Tale is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 58.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


Back in 2010, we moved our entire range to an eco-friendly water base that’s low odour, low VOC and child-safe, becoming the first in the industry to do so. Easy to clean without harmful solvents, in tins that can be recycled again and again, our paints help to reduce the environmental impact of redecorating your home.


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 Absolutely gorgeous I liked the tester pot so much I bought 5ltrs and painted some sleeves with it it might be expensive but you certainly see the difference with cheaper paint. It goes on beautifully and dries to a lovely silk finish. Would highly recommended and will definitely be back.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great grey-purple I love the F&B paints that have purplish undertones. I used rich Brassica for a cozy rear bedroom and the subtly purple Elephant's Breath for a bright front bedroom. So I wanted an in-between choice for the ensuite bathroom. Love it.
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I purchased the match pot for the Dove tale loved it and so I bought the paint. Fab to use and a really lovely colour.
Date published: 2020-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour Dove Tale I wasn’t sure I had bought The right shade but once it was on my front door I was delighted soft grey with a hint of lilac gorgeous
Date published: 2020-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right for our dog box! I love this colour. I tried out about 6 different colours for our newly made wooden dog box. Dove tale was just right and the dogs seem to like it! The box sits in an area of our kitchen that gets lots of natural light so I didnt want anything that was too dark or too light.The grey/purple that is dove tale fitted with the floor colour (teracotta tiles) and white walls. The paint is easy to apply and has a luxurious feel. Thankyou Farrow and Ball.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous paint I bought a number of F&B sample pots as I am responsible for the repainting of our Village Hall and needed to obtain approval to colours before proceeding. The samples arrived promptly and I'm pleased to say, went down well. We chose "Dove Tale" and it is now on the walls of the Hall and receiving much admiration.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what we was looking for We were quite worried by the lilac tint at first ,This soon disappeared when the job was complete . Very pleased with Dove tail it is a warm grey with some brown with just a hint of lilac in certain light and contrasts lovely with brilliant white satinwood ,the photos don't do it justice
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Just finished decorating my hallway with this. Most people would think it’s too dark but I like dark! I also always paint the doors and woodwork the same colour and this looks great. It also looks great against the other colours in the rooms. I love it!
Date published: 2020-06-25
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