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Estate Emulsion

Brinjal is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
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Estate Emulsion

This glamorous tone takes its name from the beautiful shiny skin of the aubergine or eggplant.  

Estate Emulsion is a classic choice for low-traffic interior walls and ceilings. Very matt with a distinctive, chalky finish, it minimises imperfections and creates a beautiful depth of colour.


Complementary white: Skimming Stone

Key features

Very matt

Very matt 

Estate Emulsion is a very matt finish with a chalky 2% sheen.

Our deeper, richer colours are available in a range of finishes with different sheen levels. Sheen always affects how colour appears: the same shade in gloss can look very different in matt. That’s why we specifically adjust the formula for every finish to make sure the balance is exactly right and you get the colour you were expecting. Our colours and finishes are formulated together, so you simply can’t have one without the other.

Classic, chalky look

Classic, chalky look 

A true classic, Estate Emulsion is a distinctive, chalky finish that minimises imperfections and creates beautiful depth of colour. Due to this unique texture, it’s best suited to less-busy areas without a lot of traffic.

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas 

Estate Emulsion is our classic finish for interior walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas. Gently wipeable but not washable.

From walls, floors and furniture to radiators, skirtings and sheds, our range of paint finishes can help you transform almost any surface in your home (and outside it, too). Browse our full selection of finishes to find the perfect paint for your project.

100% water based

100% water based

We’re proud to have been the first in the industry to transition to a completely water based range back in 2010. As a result, all of our finishes, including our tough trim and floor paints, are made with a low-odour, low-VOC water base that scores A+ for indoor air quality. 
Plus, our water based paint doesn’t discolour over time like solvent based paints can. So your spaces stay beautiful for longer. 

Toy safe

Toy safe

This finish is independently tested and certified toy-safe in accordance with Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements (EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021). That means you can and a splash of colour to toys, cribs and other surfaces little ones come into contact with. Our paints also have hardly any odour and don’t need any solvents to clean up, so you can breathe easy during application and beyond. 

75 Years of Perfecting Paint

If you've ever wondered what it is that makes Farrow & Ball so special, you'll find the answers here.

From our high-quality ingredients to our artisanal methods, our 100% water based range of finishes and responsible practices, it's about so much more than just paint and paper.

Complementary White

Complementary white: Skimming StoneComplementary white: Skimming Stone

Skimming Stone

With its warm light grey undertones, Skimming Stone is extremely versatile and particularly suited to soothing schemes.
Find out more about Skimming Stone No.241

Every colour in the Farrow & Ball palette is paired with a specific shade of white, these are selected to celebrate a shared undertone and create harmonious spaces alongside your chosen colour.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Red & Warm Tones

Our Red & Warm Tones Primer & Undercoat is the perfect first step towards truly cosy colour schemes. Based on the shade Porphyry Pink, it makes topcoats look even richer, so you can enjoy the fullest expression of your chosen hue.

Made with the same natural ingredients and pigments as our topcoats, our Primer & Undercoat is the crucial foundation for creating a rich, even and longer lasting finish.

Colour Schemes

accent Colour Elephant's Breath
trim Colour Skimming Stone
accent Colour Charleston Gray
trim Colour Dove Tale
accent Colour All White
trim Colour Strong White

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Sample Our Favourite Purples

The best way to experience our colours before taking the plunge is with a true-to-colour paint sample. To help you narrow down your shortlist of shades, we've curated three of our most popular purple shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Brassica, Brinjal and Pelt.

Colour Consultancy

Our expert Colour Consultants are ready and waiting to help bring your style to life. If you’d like personalised advice on how to use our paint and papers in your home, book an in-home or virtual appointment today.

View All Purple Paint Colours

Ranging from understated near-grey to deep plum, our purple palette offers an array of styles and moods.

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Discover Purple Paint Schemes

Find inspiration for your project and view beautiful images of purple paint schemes in real homes.

Purple Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Color This is a stunning color. The paint quality is flawless.
Date published: 2023-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Paint It’s the best paint I have ever purchased. I will no longer use other brands.
Date published: 2023-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F&B never disappoints We redid our kitchen in Brinjal (including tiles, cabinets and walls) and could not be happier with the end result! Please note that on the cabinets we needed 3 layers after already having primed with recommended primer. We combined with Peignoir for the doors and windows. Attached some before and after photos. FYI: living room is also F&B Dix Blue
Date published: 2023-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich warm colour We had our lounge fitted with built in cabinets and chose Brinjal for the units to offset pale oak shelves and floor, and walls painted Middleton Pink. It looks just stunning!
Date published: 2023-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little luxuries. We used Brinjal to paint our utility room toilet (including the ceiling). The effect is a luxurious deep purple that sometimes looks burgundy. It really gives character to this much neglected room. The paint needed three coats over the white ceiling and two over the previous dark blue walls. The paint is a joy to use, it goes on easily, has minimal odour and is very easy to clean off brushes and rollers. Along with the fabulous colour palette this is why we choose Farrow and Ball every time.
Date published: 2023-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless and Beautiful My wonderful husband surprised me with painting our bedroom this colour while i was away for work (this was 6 years ago now) and i still remember how much my jaw dropped when i saw it. To go from boring magnolia walls to something so deep and rich was a real shock - but a fantastic one! a colour i will never regret! It is simply beautiful! I am posting this review many years after purchase as we have just moved from that home (how unfair is it that you cannot take painted walls with you!) and i am sure i will be using this colour again in our new space. The only slight downside is the price, you definitely get what you pay for but i can understand how it may be out of some peoples price range for paint.
Date published: 2023-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing effect This colour in Matt finish is just brilliant! Took us a lot of time to do it. We applied it 3 times but it was so worth it. Dark colours are not the easiest. The quality of this paint is amazing though! We are very happy with the final effect
Date published: 2022-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m in love. I saw reviewer’s pictures, and I wanted the look. I thought I was prepared for the pain but oh boy, the test patch… Three coats on three walls and a mad dash to the Bristol store for another can, to finish off. Phew, I bagged the last one. It might have taken three very long days, and a lot of gin but I absolutely adore the finished look! The depth of colour is velvety, it takes my mind to bygone times and cosy Victorian parlours. It’s like colour therapy for the soul! Thanks again F&B :) P.S. If you’re painting over a light wall, be prepared and order a can more than you expect to use. Reaching a luscious depth of colour can’t be skimped on.
Date published: 2022-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic with a twist Just painted yet another ‘junk shop’ find, a boring brown bedside table that has now been transformed by the unique brinjal. I always now use 3 coats of modern eggshell completely transforming an aged wood into something rich and warm. An upcycler’s dream colour. Farrow and Ball has become an obsession
Date published: 2022-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As dramatic as expected. It really took time for me to make the decission about Brinjal because I found it could be too dark for a big piece of furniture , but the result is as dramatic as I expected, The quality and finish of the colour is extraordinary.
Date published: 2023-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Patchy I have applied 4 coats of estate emulsion and it is still patchy. We have tried roller, brush and pad.
Date published: 2023-03-12

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

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 Primer & Undercoat and Metal Primer & Undercoat. 

Quality Finishes

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.

Safety Information

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

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.

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