Mole's Breath


A moody grey

A timeless grey whose name takes its roots from the much loved Elephant's Breath, this moody hue is inspired by a smaller, furrier animal. Mole's Breath is the most versatile of our stronger accents as it can be used both with Easy Neutrals like Purbeck Stone and Contemporary Neutrals like Strong White. It is particularly effective to ground kitchen islands and when used on the walls of smaller spaces to create a fabulously sullen yet warm room. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Ammonite

Mole's Breath is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 157.
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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 Beautiful shade , great coverage A lovely warm grey , as always easy to use , 2 coats suffice, goes a long way, Best paint I've ever used, would not go back to otger cheaper brands , well worth the extra
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour and great quality I bought this to paint the bannisters on my staircase which were a boring dark stained wood. Uses Moles Breath modern eggshell for the bannister and posts and Strong White modern eggshell on the spindles. Really pleased with the colours and overall finish. Wanting to avoid full gloss, the modern eggshell gives a subtle sheen and is hard wearing.
Date published: 2021-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour , great coverage Started with chimney breast , used so little ,decided to do the hall ceiling, so easy to apply, minimal splatter , great coverage, best paint I've ever used , can't go back to inferior brands, does go further too ,so you get what you pay for .
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful painted fireplace We have used Oval room blue to paint a wood panelled room. We used your suggested colour combinations and used Mole’s Breath to paint the fireplace. The room looks wonderful. We are really pleased. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely finish This is the first time I’ve used Farrow and Ball and I’m very impressed. Very good coverage and a lovely finish.
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful warm colour Moles breath chimney and panelling covered well and lovely cosy warm colour. Purbeck stone on the other wall complimented each other really well. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2021-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful chalky finish which goes on v. smoothly Bought to work out a colour palette for a renovation. Have now paired it with Railings and Cornforthwhite to outstanding effect in an industrial apartment conversion. Still paining so nothing to show yet but even my painter commented on its superior coverage and ease of application.
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my project. Arrived promptly and I started the updating of a very run down Chicago Organ c1910. The paint applies beautifully and the finish is perfectly flat. I’ve yet to add the finishing touches.
Date published: 2021-01-10
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