Elephant's Breath

No.229

A warm mid grey

This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant's Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms. Try offsetting with Charleston Gray and London Clay for an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents, or pair with other Contemporary Neutrals such as the softer Strong White for a sense of neutrality and calm. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Elephant's Breath is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 157.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.

 
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Inspiration
East facing sitting room
East facing sitting room
Sea View
Sea View
Pink Kitchen
Pink Kitchen
China Dresser
China Dresser
Bedroom sulking room pink
Bedroom sulking room pink
Bedroom
Bedroom
Living Room
Living Room
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bedroom - Il Belvedere
Bedroom - Il Belvedere
Italian Country house - Belvedere
Italian Country house - Belvedere
Living Room - Elephant's Breath
Living Room - Elephant's Breath
Kitchen makeover
Kitchen makeover
Enrtry colour in our new house
Enrtry colour in our new house
Joan Taylor - The Stable
Joan Taylor - The Stable
Painted Bedding Box
Painted Bedding Box
Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Product Information 
ECO-FRIENDLY AND CHILD-SAFE

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.


QUALITY FINISHES

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.


SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

Customer Reviews 
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indecisive??? Not so sure.. So - daughter (16) wants her bedroom redecorating. 8 match pots and a long and traumatic decision process on her part to end up at elephants breath. The paint duly arrives, but in the meanwhile she's been into the F&B shop ... which is painted in Cornforth White ...and you can guess the rest. The paint is lovely as ever to work with (goes great with white skirting / cupboarding) , but not quite the colour I expected to be applying ... Now a week into trying to sort Victorian floorboards into something acceptable .... emulsion is a doddle compared to this. Kids eh ....
Date published: 2019-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour! We chose this colour because we wanted a soothing, restful shade in our dining room. We were covering a fairly strong wallpaper, and it only took two coats to produce a great look. Our paintings look lovely on it as well.
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour I'm very happy with the finish of this paint and how good it looks.
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely versatile shade I’ve used several of F and B paints. They are always gorgeous shades. Elephants Breath is a neutral mid beige grey. I’m using it to paint the doors of a small Victorian outbuilding. Just perfect.
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour! Lighter than I thought, have eb in lounge and depending on light can seem more darker brown grey - lovely warm colour. Exterior nice and solid, I used a roller and 3 light coats, one small tin covered door and fireplace.
Date published: 2019-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite colour I have F&B colours in every room, this is my favourite. It does change colour depending on the time of the day, which is why I love it.
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour, excellent coverage Bought this to recover our sitting-room walls and was so happy with the colour. subtle and warming. Beautiful coverage from a paint of excellent quality. AND no fumes!!
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elephants Breath I used elephants Breath with skimming stone and strong white.
Date published: 2019-02-11
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