Skimming Stone


A warm light grey

This stony off white takes its name from a 19th century skim, or plaster colour, but often reminds us of childhood afternoons skimming stones. With its warm light grey undertones, Skimming Stone is extremely versatile and particularly suited to soothing bedroom schemes. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, it sits with the lighter Strong White and darker Elephant's Breath for a clean and contemporary look, but can also be used in a darker statement scheme alongside Pelt or London Clay. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Strong White

Skimming Stone is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 225.
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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 Gorgeous Paint Really lovely paint. Goes on well. Good coverage, beautiful colour and soft chalky finish.
Date published: 2021-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour Great colour, easy to apply, no drips or spray. The coverage was spot on (painted new white plaster board).
Date published: 2021-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I bought two sample pots a month ago to check the colours that I’d looked at online were like the ones on display on the website colour chart. They were exactly what I wanted and just like as advertised online. Looking at the charts and suggestions that matched was brilliant and really handy. I loved the colours so much I went into order full size and use on my living room. The paint goes on so well, it’s like nothing I’ve ever used before. I never use another brand again.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect warm grey with a creamy undertone When you open the tin this paint looks quite creamy in colour but apply it to the wall and it dries to the perfect warm grey with a creamy undertone, it really does has the stone colour one would relate to its name. I am currently painting my hall, stairs and landing in Modern Emulsion and it applies like a dream over lining wallpaper, it has a small amount more sheen than the Estate Eggshell but it works perfectly.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage subtle neutral colour I painted mdf cupboards with this using the farrow and ball light tones undercoat. Gives great coverage. Gave it 2 coats. Colour is neutral not too beige not too grey. Paired it with Hague blue. I only used 1/3 of a 5L tin for all these doors so am using the rest to upcycle some old furniture.
Date published: 2021-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Paint This paint is a beautiful color and I cannot wait to see it on my walls fully complete.
Date published: 2020-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful paint The perfect neutral grey! We have most of our house this colour. Grey tends to be quite a cold colour however this colour makes each room feel warm and works well with neutrals and brights!
Date published: 2020-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour I bought skimming stone after struggling with many other colours for a small ensuite. All the grays turned out lilac or purple ! Skimming stone is exactly the colour I wanted - perfect. I love it !
Date published: 2020-12-07
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