Drop Cloth


A gentle mid grey beige

Neither too yellow, nor too grey, Drop Cloth is the traditional name for the indispensable painter's dust sheet which this muted colour embodies. A nod to our painters and decorators, this mid grey beige is the perfect contrast to our slightly lighter Shaded White and Shadow White, creating a trio of colours that sit effortlessly together in modern and traditional homes, both large and small. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Shadow White

Drop Cloth is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 109.
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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 71-3:2019+A1:2021).

Exclusions: Casein Distemper, 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 Just the color I needed Perfect color, just the right tone of beige. Looks a little bit more grey in the evening when the lights are on. Perfect match for our wallpaper
Date published: 2022-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fantastic colour! We chose this for our hallway and it looks amazing. We matched it with Treron and Railings for the upstairs hallway. We also painted the handrails in Off Black which pops against Drop Cloth. Very easy to use with no spills, another hit from F&B!
Date published: 2022-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful soft colour This unit was painted a deep aubergine and used as a study when we moved into the house but I wanted something softer for this south facing room. I think drop cloth lifts the space and goes so well with my furnishings. It’s got a yellow undertone but still has a green grey hue depending on the light. I love it.
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely warm colour. This is a really beautiful colour - used on the walls in the kitchen with cupboards done in school house white and stiffkey blue. Gives a lovely warmth to the room, would recommend for any living areas.
Date published: 2022-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint, lovely colour Beautiful colour, nice finish, used to renovate old varnished furniture
Date published: 2022-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour and product! Bought the mid tones undercoat and the Estate emulsion in Drop Cloth with the complimentary White; Shaded White, for my lounge. Very pleased with the result, contemporary, relaxed feel! Big thumbs up!
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So exciting in a subtle way I got sample pots of shaded white, shadow and as I bit of a gamble I got drop cloth. Shaded white is perfect for my hall which I'm trying to bring down to a very neutral pallete. But drop cloth will be perfect for my next project, my living room. My husband spends alot of time here so I wanted a sophisticated theme which has a masculine feel. Drop cloth it!!
Date published: 2021-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can have blue/green undertones in bright light We bought drop cloth expecting a warm grey brown with a green undertone( having sampled it first). It reads a rich stormy blue gray with a beige hue. It’s lovely but reads drastically different depending on the light and room size. The room is quite large and has a huge amount of natural light. We paired it with savage ground trim to give it a rich elegant feel.
Date published: 2021-06-20
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