Mouse's Back


A quiet grey brown

This grey brown classic takes its characterful name from the fawny colour of the British field mouse. Much like its namesake, the green based Mouse’s Back is quiet in nature and feels soft in rooms both large and small. It will read greener when used on the walls of underlit rooms and is the perfect accent on furniture or floors when combined with more traditional shades such as Setting Plaster and Lime White. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Off-White

Mouse's Back is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 87.
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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 Understated colour I chose this colour to revamp my tired oak kitchen units and what a difference it has made. The estate eggshell went on beautifully over the mid tones primer/undercoat. My kitchen now feels much more modern and original.
Date published: 2021-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colour works well on Garden Shed A nice easy to apply textured paint. Dries well, but might require a second coat (mine did) to ensure consistent cover. Colour looks god on shed and blends well into garden setting.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour Tried a few tester pots first, (4 in actual fact ) then decided upon Mouses Back as it matched the new sunlounger we had purchased so my job was to paint existing table and 4 chairs ...results were fantastic
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hall upstairs Went for mouses back so glad I did works well in my barn conversion warm and stoney
Date published: 2021-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mouse’s Back I used Mouse’s Back Modern Emulsion to paint a ceramic tile floor (after cleaning it well). It appears like old clay tiles. It wears well but if it scratches I just touch it up. The walls are Matt Off Black.
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Front Door Love the colour and finish.
Date published: 2021-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant painting experience For the first time in more years than I care to admit, the tin of paint from F&B actually covered (really well) the area it said it would. Am now a convert - numerous other brands seem to fall short on this key feature. Great product and fab finished result
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality paint Very happy with purchase, I always use farrow and ball.
Date published: 2021-03-05
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