Salon Drab


A deep chocolate brown

This warm drab has a two-part name combining ‘salon’, the small outer room off a drawing room, with a term that describes a colour as lacking in brightness. The richness of this chocolate brown is instantly appealing, effortlessly creating a modern look or classic 19th century feel. Salon Drab works as a dark accompaniment to both the Red Based and Contemporary Neutrals. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary white: Dimity

Salon Drab is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.

Prieston House
Prieston House
Living Room
Living Room
Living Room
Living Room
Salon Drab
Salon Drab
Dining room!
Dining room!
Hallway in Salon Drab
Hallway in Salon Drab
A Living Room Painted in Salon Drab No.290
A Living Room Painted in Salon Drab No.290

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.

Corrosive icon Harmful icon 

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 The perfect colour! I had an old chest of drawers and some left over Salon Drab and I’m over the moon with the result! It’s such a warm, classy colour.
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a taster! Bought a sample pot to paint a sideboard, perfect finish, colour as stated. F & B paint is the best.
Date published: 2020-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delighted Over the moon with the results of going dark in our living room
Date published: 2019-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love Used it to add interest to a bathroom previously painted in strong white and pavilion grey. Did not use undercoat and took 3 good coats to get coverage but love the end product. Needed to paint ceiling as well as walls due to slope of ceiling resulting in a warm and atmospheric room.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprise Very good - surprising results - though one tine was a nicer colour than the other. One tin was more brown. I preferred the slightly greyer one. Have to be careful to get enough paint all in one go!
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sample Salon Drab Salon Drab wasn't as dark as I had hoped. I was disappointed because F&B is such a high quality paint.
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More chocolate-y than expected I used the estate eggshell on some panelling for a bathroom (after using the dark tones undercoat). The paint went on beautifully and I barely needed the second coat as it covered so well. It really was lovely to use (and this is compared to other F&B estate eggshell paints not just other brands). I had picked the colour to go with a patterned floor tile which I had even brought into a F&B shop to match against the sample colour boards. However the colour, when applied, is still a little more chocolate-coloured than I hoped..... and yes I know it is described as chocolate on the website but both the tester board in the shop and the colour on the colour chart show it darker and greyer than it is in real life (perhaps because they are estate emulsion? perhaps the slight shine on eggshell paint lightens it?). As you paint it on, the colour is like melted milk chocolate but it does dry much darker (just not quite dark enough for me!). Sorry for the terrible photo (and unfinished room!) but I thought even a bad picture would be better than nothing.
Date published: 2016-07-12
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