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 4.7 out of 5 by 220.
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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.

Corrosive icon Harmful icon 

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 Fantastic paint Bought this to paint our kitchen cabinets. A bit nervous, but really didn't need to be, went on like a dream and the colour is fantastic. It isn't the cheapest but definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2021-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Depth of Colour We bought French Gray for our living room in our Victorian house. I thought the colour was a bit too green at first but I actually love it. Can’t wait until we get the radiators and flooring on. Also due to paint snug room on Hague Blue, so excited.
Date published: 2021-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasure to work with. Many reviews state that the paint needs a ridiculous number of coats. Having used before i believe that to be safe, three coats is best and gives a very strong finish. I regularly use dulux which usually covers in two coats and is certainly good, but for ease of use the farrow and ball is awesome every time, more durable and doesn't fade or clog a paint pad as dulux can. 100% no evidence of brush strokes either just a perfectly even coverage in this most beautiful colour. Don't be put off by negative decorators, I'm incredibly critical of poor products and workmanship but you have absolutely no worries about quality. .
Date published: 2021-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformed This paint has transformed my boring dining room. It’s a really lovely colour.
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French Gray - Farrow & Ball Purchased online, so a little concerned it would land safely! Very well packaged with no issues at all, so pleased with the whole experience - thank you.
Date published: 2020-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Quality Paint Good quality paint and excellent finish for exterior doors and windows.
Date published: 2020-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite colours! I have used French Gray in so many places now. I really love this colour. It looks different in different lights and in different rooms, but always a warm grey with a greenish tone, but can also look bluish. Such a peaceful and interesting colour.
Date published: 2020-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Really great product, good coverage, hard-wearing and easy to use!
Date published: 2020-11-30
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