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 4.8 out of 5 by 100.
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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love!! I struggled with deciding on a paint color for my kitchen walls. Drop cloth ended up being the perfect neutral — it looks great with the bright white trim and the green soap stone countertops. Thank you F&B!!
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another beautiful F&B colour We have just painted our living room/dining room in drop cloth and couldn’t be happier with the result. It has given our living space so much more richness and depth, yet maintaining that neutral colour palette that will go with so many different styles/pieces of furniture. A really beautiful mid toned beige which has a slight green tinge in certain light.
Date published: 2021-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely neutral Excellent coverage only takes 2 coats and a lovely neutral that blends in with the surrounding decor , I have it in my hallways in a new build and it adds a touch of elegance especially combined with white woodwork
Date published: 2021-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jaw dropping, Drop Cloth I’m a huge F&B fan...my decorator laughs at me I love it so much and this is one of my favourite colours. It’s better in modern than estate! Looks beige sometimes and sometimes it looks grey! It’s a beautiful colour either way!
Date published: 2021-05-02
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