School House White


A soft off white

This is the lightest colour in the group including Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth - each created to look like white when used in deep shade. Pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups, this soft off white is reminiscent of the colour used in old school houses.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Wimborne White

School House White is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 60.
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* Samples available in Estate Emulsion only. Colours on screen may vary from actual paint.


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 The perfect colour I bought some samples a while ago and we were so happy with them and the combo that we ended up using them to paint the exterior of our house. We've had people knock on our door to find out the colour!
Date published: 2020-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent as always! Bought this paint to decorate the bathroom. Fantastic quality and exactly the look we were after.
Date published: 2020-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible coverage I’ve decorated my dark staircase and light landing with schoolhouse white and it’s incredible- covers better than other f&b colours I've used and is such a nuanced colour- creamy in the dark areas but a sophisticated green-grey in the light... beautiful with Pigeon. I love it!
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice colour! Nice colour. Looks great in our lounge. Easy to apply.
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My current favourite white I have decorated my daughter's bedroom and also a garden studio with this white. It's fresh and soothing at the same time. It's the perfect contemporary white. F and B is undoubtedly expensive, but it's worth it for the gorgeous quality.
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted I used school house white when decorating 3 bedrooms very recently, this and several other F&B paints, school house white is exactly what I wanted. It blends so well with the other shades I used, I would strongly recommend that you buy the sample pots first to make sure it’s the colour you want
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour. Perfect for our exterior woodwork School House White has all the qualities you'd expect of Farrow and Ball gloss paint. Hard wearing, easy to work with, and water-based, so much more environmentally friendly. We have an old house - sash windows at the front and square shutters at the back, all wooden framed - and this colour fits in perfectly with the feel of the house. It has a sense of being 'white', without the garishness of 'brilliant white', and at the same time, doesn't fall into the greyness that some white variants deliver. It works a treat next to F&B Terron, which we used on our exterior doors.
Date published: 2020-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful colour This colour looks absolutely amazing on my house, neighbour’s have much admired it.
Date published: 2020-09-03
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