James White


An off white with a slight green hue

This off white was first created for the pretty garden room of a discerning Dr James with a fresh underlying green tone. The slightest hint of green creates a calm, soothing and airy feel which is particularly useful for darker interiors. When used with no contrasts, James White transforms the space into the most light and tranquil of rooms, so it is often favoured in the bedrooms of the super stressed. It will look greener when used in contrast with All White and in north facing rooms. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: All White

James White is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 136.
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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 A lovely calming colour We love this colour. We will be using it in the hall and lounge diner. We just ned to decide on the colours to go with it now!
Date published: 2022-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought the paint After trying the sample, decided to purchase the Modern Version of this paint. Have used Farrow and Ball throughout our home. However, decided to try the modern version.
Date published: 2022-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for dark rooms - a natural lightness I've used this paint on walls in a West-facing bedroom. It's helped to improve the lightness of the room, especially as the ceiling is beamed. A beautiful texture, it is like painting with cream.
Date published: 2021-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect light touch Freshened the walls in a 1950s US time capsule bathroom. The original wall tile reads yellowy but after a few sample attempts concluded its really a whisper of cream with a barely greenish undertone. James White was the solution to brighten the space and maximize the afternoon light. Other choices were easily too much value, too yellow, too green or too earth tone. James White is a light touch, giving a lot of reflection while still reading as a derivative color in our room. Kept a similar valued Strong Whites on ceiling, doors & molding to provide a little contrast. Used French Gray in the adjoining hallway to give us smoky gallery walls and making all the rooms leading off of it lighter including the bath. Happy.
Date published: 2021-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect colour Stunning colour that adds the warmth without being too dark to my north facing back room. Perfect in my Victorian terrace. This room is definitely work in progress but already feels so much better. Lovely texture to the paints a pleasure to paint with
Date published: 2021-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Have decorated my new bathroom in James White looks superb goes beautifully with fittings and tiles. Lovely finish will always use Farrow and Ball
Date published: 2021-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour at any time of day Despite our living room being triple aspect, it can sometimes feel rather dull, so we thought we would brighten it up with James White. It’s warmer than a stark white and takes on different hues of green throughout the day. The colour is great and we are really pleased with the outcome.
Date published: 2021-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing colour that changes with the light This colour looks different throughout the day, sometimes cream but can look quite green. Just what I wanted to match a wall painted in Breakfast Room Green.
Date published: 2021-07-02
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