No. 228

Cornforth White


Cornforth White is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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This mid tone neutral is named in memory of John Cornforth, the revered architectural historian and author of English Decoration in the 18th Century.  

For a breathable finish, this historical, designer favourite is suitable for solid lime render exterior walls and interior walls and ceilings. Bonding to the building itself, it protects your home from the elements. Professional application recommended.

Complementary white: Wevet

Key features

Very matt

Very matt

A historical specialist finish for exterior walls, and interior walls and ceilings with a very flat matt 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. 

For interior lime plaster and exterior lime render

For interior lime plaster and exterior lime render

Suitable for solid lime render exterior walls and interior lime plaster walls and ceilings. Professional application is recommended.  

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. 

Highly breathable

Highly breathable

Limewash is designed to bond to the building itself, protecting your walls from the elements and allowing exceptional breathability.

Unique textured look

Unique textured look

This designer favourite is known for its beautiful, textured aesthetic, which creates an utterly unique look depending on how its applied. 

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


One of our Easy Neutrals, Wevet is clean, understated and incredibly easy to live with.
Find out more about Wevet No.273

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.

Colour Schemes

accent Colour Wevet
trim Colour Ammonite
accent Colour Purbeck Stone
trim Colour Mole's Breath
accent Colour All White
trim Colour Strong White

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Sample Our Favourite Greys

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 grey shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Ammonite, Skimming Stone and Elephant's Breath.

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Grey Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relaxing colour Paint our en-suite and bedroom in this colour and it’s gorgeous. Very calm and relaxing colour
Date published: 2024-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy Customer First time using dead flat. This paint is the best I've ever used. I'm not a decorator and using this made painting a pleasure. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family
Date published: 2024-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never tire of Cornforth White I have Cornforth White in a few rooms & never tire of it, it’s such a calm & neutral colour. On work video calls when working from home, I’m always asked what colour my walls are. However it was my first time using the Dead Flat finish, it applied very smoothly & the quick drying time allowed for efficient work, &the durability ensures a long-lasting finish.
Date published: 2023-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cornforth White in lounge. Painted today. Drying quickly to lovely brush free matt velvety finish. Soft warm grey.
Date published: 2023-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cornforth White After a hiccup with first delivery F&B sorted quickly and sent out new tin… Fantastic customer service. Lovely warm colour. Was initially only going to do one wall but it is so nice considering buying more to do the whole room…
Date published: 2023-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead flat paint Very good coverage for wood & walls. Good quality paint.
Date published: 2023-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely paint, as usual Lovely colour, easy to apply, dries quickly and looks beautiful
Date published: 2023-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Depth of Hue This is a warm, soft grey, light with a touch of lavender in it. Using Estate Emulsion in a bathroom with porcelain tile floor and walls. It brings out the veining in the tile and is a nice complement to the white fixtures. I used to rely on BM, but FB quality cannot be topped.
Date published: 2023-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect light grey We used this colour for a Master Bedroom, our Client particularly likes more cool grey tones and this was the perfect colour for them. It's not too dark or light and has a warm undertone to it. The Client was a really pleased with the result.
Date published: 2023-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from colette stole my chill room…oh well it suits her cannot get enough of the tone of cornforth white on the floor couple with F&B wall paper and setting plaster trim and pipe. something about it reminds me of my grandma’s kimono.
Date published: 2022-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flawless colour and paint, shame about the fumes. Used internally as I wanted something a bit more robust for house with kids. The fumes was over powering. There should have be advice for reducing fumes when used internally.
Date published: 2023-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dries far too quickly U diluted the paint was going from wet to tacky in a matter of seconds. So going over a painted area 30 seconds later meant the paint was stripped from the wall. Diluting by approximately 10% made life easier, but not a lot. The diluted paint did roll better when diluted . But now having to spend more £s as having to use at least 2 coates. In store advice was that one 2,5 l tin would be enough.
Date published: 2024-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cornforth White No. 228: has the hue changed? We used this lovely paint when we modernised our Victorian kitchen back in 2008. We repainted the walls using the same paint pot about 5 years ago. I recently bought a new pot and to my dismay find that it is a considerable lighter colour. What can explain this? What can I do?
Date published: 2023-05-27
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