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 220.
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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic paint! I bought 2.5 litres of skimming stone to paint my doors. What a beautiful paint to use, easy to apply, no drips, no smell, quick drying and a gorgeous finish on my doors which were very badly scratched from my cheeky dogs! I know it seems a bit pricey, but its worth every penny. It's a joy to use, so much so I've continued to paint some furniture too, a small tin goes a long way!
Date published: 2020-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stuff I have bought this previously and again, it was really easy to apply with excellent coverage.
Date published: 2020-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent service and beautiful colours We were renovating home and needed a lot of paint but I wanted the chalky depth you only get with Farrow and Ball and they did not disappoint. We chose Cromarty, Skimming Stone, Peignoir, Plummet and Calamine. All are stunning! I’m so pleased with the result. Yes, they are pricier but the quality is apparent and the colours change subtly with the light. Peignoir in particular is absolutely gorgeous. We live in the Highlands and the paint was with us within 5 working days of ordering and there were no mistakes or spillages en route. Cannot recommend this service or product enough....
Date published: 2020-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product Used this paint for the first time, what a transformation. An excellent finish and relaxing colour for the bedroom. We have purchased it again, to decorate the hall combined with Wimborne Ehite
Date published: 2020-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality Beautiful to work with and delighted with the finish.
Date published: 2020-11-14
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