A rich grey

This rich mid grey conjures memories of city suits made from flat woven fabric, so was named after the Norfolk village where the yarn was originally woven. For devotees of our Easy Neutrals, Worsted is stronger in tone than its counterpart Purbeck Stone, but lighter than Mole’s Breath. It has an understated richness with no cold tones, making it the perfect background to make clean accent colours pop. 

Recommended Primer & Undercoat: Mid Tones

Complementary white: Shadow White

Worsted is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 75.
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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 3:2013+A3:2018).*

*Excluding specialist finishes of Limewash, Casein Distemper and Soft Distemper, and our 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.

Corrosive icon Harmful icon 

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 Love the colour and text After buying a few sample pots I decided on skimming stone for the lounge and shadow white for the bedroom. I wanted gentle colours that complemented the furniture.
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a calm and grounding colour It’s grey but it’s not. It’s a really grounding colour and perfect for our Bedroom. We used it make the fitted wardrobes the same colour as the walls
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour , 2 coats sufficient Painted ceiling with this , beautiful shade very true to sample sheet , barely any dripping or splatter , Would not use any other cheaper brand now , I'm booked at the ease of use and finish of this paint
Date published: 2021-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed with the quality I have not used this paint before but have been very pleased with the quick delivery and quality of the paint. It covers so well. Will definitely use this again
Date published: 2021-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely paint Used this to paint the wooden fireplace in the living room - it has transformed the room love it - will definitely use Farrow and Ball again. fabulous results.
Date published: 2021-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful shade , great coverage Goes on like velvet , decided against it for original project ,but will get a tin for my next project , dining room ceiling
Date published: 2021-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely to paint with Lovely colour. Was worried it would be too brown. But it’s defiantly a lovely rich grey. My hallway looks amazing. Goes well with cornforth white and downpipe. All very elegant
Date published: 2021-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worsted Luxurious Living Room- soulful and calming Once again F&B has delivered! We have been saving to buy and decorate a room by room and our last living room project final result speak for its self!!! Only wish F&B could reward its returning customers with a discount?! Truly the most amazing quality and colour! One more room to go......
Date published: 2021-02-26
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