No. 18

French Gray

Casein Distemper

French Gray is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23.
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Casein Distemper

This relaxing green grey takes its inspiration from French decoration, particularly wallpapers used in the 19th century.  

This strengthened distemper is for use on low-traffic walls and ceilings. Casein Distemper offers a very flat matt finish with a breathable, permeable structure.

Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Key features

Very matt  

Very matt  

Casein Distemper offers a very flat matt finish with a breathable, permeable structure. 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-based plaster

For interior lime-based plaster

A traditional specialist finish formulated for use on interior lime-based plaster walls and ceilings in low traffic areas. 

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

Carefully sourced casein resins with unique open polymers let moisture pass through this flat matt finish, allowing interior plaster walls and ceiling to breathe. 

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. 


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: Slipper SatinComplementary white: Slipper Satin

Slipper Satin

Without cool blue undertones, Slipper Satin often reads as a pale grey chalk which makes for a perfect neutral on walls with darker Old White woodwork. Find out more about Slipper Satin

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

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accent Colour Lime White
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trim Colour Slipper Satin
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accent Colour Off-White
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trim Colour Eddy
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accent Colour Mouse's Back
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trim Colour Treron
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Sample Our Favourite Greens

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 green shades to help you find your perfect match.


Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful French Gray, Green Smoke and Studio Green.



Need Some Advice?

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 Green Paint Colours

If you’re looking to bring life to your space, there’s one colour that always flourishes. Green paint is a lush and uplifting choice for every room of the house.

Green Paint Colours

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

Green Paint Schemes



Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it just a great paint and colour choices really pleased
Date published: 2024-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one and only Great product as always, wouldn’t even consider another brand
Date published: 2024-04-08

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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