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 121.
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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.

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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 Love the colour. Still applying James White to my walls. Doesn't look at if it needs a second coat and was easy to apply, but I want to ensure it is at it's best, so soldiering on with the painting. It gives me pleasure every time I look at the effect so far.
Date published: 2021-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Painted kitchen cupboards James white eggshell fabulous
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Service review After experiencing online issues completing an order, I called the helpline number, I spoke with a lady called Lorraine who was extremely helpful and provided top notch customer service.
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour We decided on James White after trying so many paint samples. This went perfectly with our sage green kitchen with just a hint of green in.
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The colour is lovely On its own or paired with other colours this paint is fantastic. I used it in my previous house and I am now using it in my new one. I used it as the main colour in my sitting room on the walls and cornice. On the chimney breast I used Yeabridge Green . James White looks superb with these colours and brought the whole room together . The quality of the paint is second to none.
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the colour and the paint After being recommended to farrow and ball by my son, I have now done 3 rooms in my house with it and I am doing all the rest over the next few weeks. James White is so lovely, I have it in the kitchen and the dining room ceiling. It goes so well and is so light and bright, it changed colour with the light I love it, I also plan to do my stairs and landing in James White too.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Tried lots of testers this had enough depth but not so datk
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Colour and very versatile I chose James White because I had used it in my previous house and love the colour. It compliments so many other colours when used side by side. I have now completed two bedrooms - both very different and have used it for the ceiling in both. I am about to start the sitting room and I will use it on the ceiling, cornice and 3 walls with a bright green feature wall. I am confident the colours will work.
Date published: 2021-04-03
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