Stony Ground


A classic stone

This strong neutral is one of our most popular wallpaper background colours, so we couldn’t resist adding it to our collection of richly pigmented paints. A classic stone colour, Stony Ground has a slight underlying red which adds warmth and creates a soft beige finish. It pairs incredibly well with the lighter Shaded White or stronger Mouse’s Back for a quietly cohesive scheme. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Stony Ground is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 90.
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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 Rich, neutral colour. Bought this for our main bedroom to go with our Treron feature wall and also added a block of Sulking Room Pink as had some left over. This had made the bedroom feel very warm and calming. Also used in our downstairs toilet too and think it works very well with the blue tiles.
Date published: 2022-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous colour Gorgeous colour, cannot fault it. It did take 3 coats on woodwork but that might be to do with my technique.
Date published: 2022-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Emulsion I painted my ‘entertaining’ kitchen a couple of weeks ago with Stony Ground’ and I love it so much I’m moving on to the dining room. You just can’t beat F&B modern emulsion - it’s absolutely the business xx
Date published: 2021-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive but worth it When I first purchased this paint I thought that perhaps it was too expensive for paint. However, once you use this paint you will never use anything else. This paint is quality, looks wonderful, covers really well in just one coat and goes a long way.
Date published: 2021-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stoney Ground Lovely depth of colour, and brings a quality and warmth to the room. The difference using the Farrow and Ball undercoat is very noticeable, and this has taught me to never skimp on paint and prep again. Well worth the price tag.
Date published: 2021-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite F&B neutral! After 'many' sample pots (I'd say 50 shades isn't far off) I went with Stony Ground in our farmhouse kitchen. Absolutely love it, such a gorgeous colour! We are now painting the hall, stairs and landing in the same colour and I've even braved up and done away with traditional white skirting boards and door surrounds in favour of using the same colour for a more complete look.
Date published: 2021-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Customer Service Lovely colour and great application. We also had fantastic customer service when we encountered a small issue.
Date published: 2021-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect natural colour Stony ground does not disappoint. Another colour bought from Farrow & Ball that does not disappoint. Warm and natural. Great coverage. Perfect for my hallway.
Date published: 2021-04-02
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