A light cream

This illuminating neutral takes its name from the natural material originally used to make candles. Tallow’s pale cream finish reflects the light brilliantly so it is perfect if you want to lift a darker space or paint one colour throughout a property. The slightest hint of pink and yellow pigment creates a warm but fresh feel which is often very popular in nurseries. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: White & Light Tones

Complementary white: Pointing

Tallow is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 107.
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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 Great paint! I have purchased this paint previously; love the colour and really like painting with this paint. The walls look great!
Date published: 2020-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to apply. Easy to aplle. Great , subtle finish. Virtually odourless. Quite expensive, but definitely worth the extra cost spread out over 5 to 10 years, depending how often repainting takes place!
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour Bought this to brighten up a rather dark stairwell. As always F&B paint is a pleasure to use, covers well and lasts for years.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely beautiful colour I bought a tester pot of Tallow and it seemed just what I wanted but my decorator said he could get the same mixed up for half the price. He got a tester of the mixed one and in the pot they looked identical but on the wall Farrow & Ball’s Tallow absolutely shone out - it manages to be both a lovely clean colour but rich and glowing at the same time and it does this on each wall whatever the time of day. I am totally thrilled with it.
Date published: 2020-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful light colour. Not the easiest paint to work with straight out of the tin. Added some water (stirred in well) and used a high quality nylon bristle brush. The result is simply stunning. Used F&B Tallow exterior eggshell for a front door frame and F&B Pitch Blue exterior eggshell for the door. Very pleased with the result.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Beautiful Looking for a tone between white and cream with no yellow undertones This is the perfect solution easy to apply and beautiful Finnish warm clean looking after application
Date published: 2020-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Beautiful colour. First time using Farrow and Ball paints and will continue to use them. Well worth the extra cash. Painted my whole kitchen Tallow but the main dining room wall in Pink Ground. They go so well together & the Tallow is so fresh & warming. Love it.
Date published: 2020-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour I've been a fan and regular user of F&B paints for many years, I know its on the pricey side but the colours are worth it. This is a really nice creamy colour that I love.
Date published: 2020-06-25
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