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 4.8 out of 5 by 246.
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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 Lovely colour! We have tried approx 4011 different colours in our bed room but were not quite satisfied. Finally, we got recommended F&Bs colours and the Skimming Stone became our choice. It develops greatly depending on the light. The only thing now is that we are struggling to match it with any type of green color which we would like to use in the hall. Any suggestions?
Date published: 2021-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skimming stone in a west facing room Bought skimming stone for the living room in my west facing coastal home. its a beautiful soft colour when the light is brightest late afternoon, almost translucent, but too dark almost flat in the morning light which is cooler. I love F&B paint and have been using it for years, and won't use anything else. Search now on for a soft pale grey that will work with the changing west light.
Date published: 2021-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our new farrow & ball home Moved in our new house and decided on skimming stone for the lounge, kitchen and orangery it looks wonderful such a lovely natural colour and looks fabulous
Date published: 2021-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colour grey / beige tones Fabulous colour and goes with beige or grey accessories. Lovely to use and good coverage. Teamed it with the dove tail on the feature wall and was worried it would all look far to grey but it doesn’t and it’s perfect.
Date published: 2021-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous colour! Recently used skimming stone modern emulsion for my en suite bathroom. Fabulous colour…serene!
Date published: 2021-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing colour After trying lots of samples I decided on skimming stone ! It’s a gorgeous colour I have decided to paint my dinning room and hall way . It is a grey beige depending on how much light there is in the room !
Date published: 2021-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant paintwork colour and coverage Wonderful service paint colour and coverage well worth every penny excellent !
Date published: 2021-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite colour I have painted all the skirtings & doors in skimming stone, looks very clean & fresh with white walls
Date published: 2021-04-04
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