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 creates 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 77.
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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 Fabulous colour! Love the colour! I used Modern Emulsion Dove Tale No.267 under our dado (hall & landing) and I’m so glad I did. It was exactly the colour I was looking for as I’ve used Modern Emulsion Skimming Stone above the dado. It went on so easily, and the way the colour changes from morning to evening is incredible!
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour for hallway We had elephant breath before but wanted something a little darker to make the new painted stair stand out. The walls are Dove Tail and the banister rail is moles breath
Date published: 2021-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really love this colour. Exactly the shade we want We were looking for a shade that differed in the different light we have in this room
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make a room sing Used Dove Tale as the signature wall behind the bed. Rest of the room was Peignoir with skirting and doors in Great White. A very calming scheme for the bedroom.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior quality paint Bought exterior Matt Dove Tale, stunning colour which we have complemented with Downpipe on window sills, stunning. Paint was of a superior quality and covered effortlessly.
Date published: 2021-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great colour chart and sample pots will definitely be using your paint later in the summer I have used your paint before
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour I order a couple of samples and found the perfect shade Dove Tail. Absolutely love it on my outside door. It gives the perfect country cottage feel with a modern twist.
Date published: 2021-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour and covered really well! Super tester pot. Plenty in there to get a good coverage and determine which was the right colour. Went for Purbeck Stone in the end as it was slightly lighter but all great shades!
Date published: 2021-02-21
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