Old White


A historic grey green

This soft grey green simply earns its name by being the most historic of all our whites. One of our Traditional Neutrals, Old White can read as a subdued green, particularly in north facing rooms, but feels more of a classic grey in well lit spaces. It’s the most sophisticated of colours and feels just as at home in the drawing room of a historic house as it does in the kitchen of a modern family home. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Old White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 116.
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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 Good match Old English white works perfectly with the navy Matt emulsion
Date published: 2022-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super paint We returned to our tried and tested Old White and are not disappointed. Pity F&B paint is so expensive. It is not widely stocked where we are therefore we had to order it online and pay a delivery charge despite the paint costing over £70.
Date published: 2022-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good colour for south facing rooms This soft green colour is really special. I have used it now in two different houses and it works both in a north facing room and south facing too. As with most F&B colours it changes with the light and time of day giving depth to a room. Works really well with bare floorboards.
Date published: 2022-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great color and quality So happy with the quality of this paint and the color, Old White. I wanted beige without being yellow or grey. The room also doesn’t get much natural light so the color couldn’t be too dark. The color is PERFECT! It is soothing and calm and beautiful! It went in my toddlers room so I used the Modern Emulsion finish as it is probably going to go through some abuse.
Date published: 2021-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old faithful Have used Old White before and this time we’ve used it on our Edwardian house exterior windows and masonry in Lime White. It looks sophisticated and suits our old home a treat. The depth of colour always perfect.
Date published: 2021-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old White, Perfect This traditional colour proved the perfect choice for our Cheshire brick farmhouse, thank you for your accurate advice online.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and great colours! The samples were sent quickly and so we were able to make a choice with ease. I’m so impressed with the quality of the paint and the colours. We opted for Skimming Stone and purchased from B&Q.
Date published: 2021-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I purchased Old White paint for my Kitchen. It looks exactly like the description given on the website. It is the perfect colour and finish, I am delighted with the results. Will definitely buy again
Date published: 2021-03-22
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