French Gray


A soothing green grey

French Gray is really much more green than grey, but characterfully flits between the two depending on the light and time of day. Taking inspiration from French decoration and wallpapers used in the 19th century, it creates the most relaxed of rooms. This soothing hue is perfect for exterior woodwork and a particular favourite for front doors in our matt Exterior Eggshell, or garden furniture where it sits seamlessly amongst the greenery. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Lime White

French Gray is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 200.
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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 Posh lounge! Our lounge is facing north and we were hesitant to use dark colour but at the same time wanted to make it wintery and cosy to much with the wood burner. French gray was actually perfect for this room with not-too-light but not-too-dark, elegant tone. It matches with both sunny days and wintery dark days and we could not be happier. Just need to change the curtains and complete the look!
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joy to use I painted my windows 5 years ago and they still look good so I bought some more for my new doors. However I used up the 1/4 tin of old paint first. A quick stir and still as good as the day I closed the lid 5 years before. I won’t paint wood with anything else ever again and it is so easy to clean brushes.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous paint never dissappoints Have used this paint many times over the years. Very expensive but gives a superior finish and the colours are perfect for historic houses. Cheaper own brand paints never have the same effect. Haven’t had the best results outside - find I need to repaint regularly (every year or two on my Windows) but I live in West Wales which is very wet! Would recommend for indoor use. Always found delivery speedy and efficient and comes well packaged for transit
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our log cabin The perfect colour for our garden log cabin - the colour changes throughout the day swinging between different tones of grey and green which we love! We purchased the mid tone primer and painted 2 coats of the French grey - perfect finish! There were cheaper options for painting such a large cabin but I’m so pleased we went for F&B and we will enjoy for many years to come!
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Customer wanted this paint in the no 18, and now i am converted best water based exterior paint put there
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour We always use F&B paint. Easy to apply. Great colours. Excellent customer service.
Date published: 2020-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French Grey Amazing paint, really by far the best we have used, loved the colour, French Grey, goes on really easy and looks sophisticated.We will be using the Farrow and Ball paints again.
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Calming green I added a little white, because my room doesn't get much sunlight. The colour is calming and set's off my large gold frame mirror beautifully.
Date published: 2020-09-11
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