No. 18

French Gray

Exterior Eggshell

French Gray is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 26.
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Exterior Eggshell

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

Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting, rich colour to exterior wood and metal. The low sheen finish remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather, while preservatives help prevent the growth of algae and fungi. The resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.


Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Key features

Low sheen

Low sheen

The soft, low sheen satin finish of our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces. 20% 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 exterior wood and metal

For exterior wood and metal

Suitable for exterior wood and metal, our Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces with a finish that remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. Added preservatives help to prevent the growth of algae and fungi, and the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years. 

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.

Weather resistant and flexible

Weather resistant and flexible

This finish has been carefully designed to be water resistant and stay flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. At the same time, it also offers the highest level of water vapour permeability to allow them to breathe. So, you can transform your exterior with colour that lasts.  

Protected from fungi and algae

Protected from fungi and algae

Our expert chemists have formulated Exterior Eggshell with added protection against fungi and algae, so your outdoor spaces stay looking their best. 

Lasts up to 6 years

Lasts up to 6 years

When applied according to our Product Advice Sheets, the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling and fading for up to six years. So, your exterior stays beautiful, no matter the weather.

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: 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.

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Mid Tones

Based on the colour Bone, using our Mid Tones Primer & Undercoat adds the richest depth of colour to some of our best-selling shades.

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 Lime White
trim Colour Slipper Satin
accent Colour Off-White
trim Colour Eddy
accent Colour Mouse's Back
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.

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 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.

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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 French Grey Joy I’ve been an avid user of F&B paints for the last few years and proud to say most of my home is adorned in this wonderful paint. So, slightly bias, but always honest in my opinions and my recent use of French Grey in estate emulsion in a guest bedroom, is no different. The room is south facing so has all the light available throughout most of the day, and with a sunny April day looks very much on the green side, but on a typical British overcast day, the greyer tones come through, adding a softer, more demure feel to the room. It’s a very restful shade and the quality of the paint was excellent
Date published: 2024-04-25
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend Lovely colour and paint, very easy to use, I absolutely love my new hallway
Date published: 2024-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious and delightful This paint is my go-to for quality coverage and enjoyable, healthy painting. The colors are rich and subtle. My two favorites thus far are French Gray and Wimborne White. Delicious and delightful.
Date published: 2024-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color! You know a brand is good when people are trying to find dupes. Just spend the extra money because the quality is worth it! Our contractor who has done many different paint colors and brands said Farrow and Ball was one of his top favorites.
Date published: 2024-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our dining room We tried several different colours - some that seemed like they would be very similar to French Gray but in reality they did not look anywhere near as nice when we tested them. We are delighted with the result - it has completely transformed the dated dining room in our new house.
Date published: 2023-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Customer Love the beautiful color and quality of the paint. I stirred the paint but there was no separation. Very pleased.
Date published: 2023-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint to apply. I’ve used F&B French grey before and it’s a great paint when applied just don’t cut corners and stick to F&B advice on how to apply. Give all prep work ie fillers, plasters & calking to fully dry before you apply your expensive paint and you won’t have to touch it again for several years to come.
Date published: 2023-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous The colour is rich, fabulous, dries really quickly and superb coverage.
Date published: 2023-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always fresh Such a wonderful colour. We have used it on the outside woodwork on our stone farmhouse. I never tire of looking at it. We are always asked which colour it is!
Date published: 2023-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thankful! It took me an eon to choose a color my family would agree upon. This color works nicely in our country cottage, and has subtle changes throughout the day moving from light green to blue green— kind of has a grey tone—But, in the lower light in our SW facing family room, it always stays green. We used Dead Flat— this is an old house, and the paint did an excellent job muting the imperfections. We used Blackened on the ceiling— as I had seen done in an English flat shown in the inspiration pictures. The Blackened, hits blue at times, but otherwise reads whitish. It was a good call. In the inspiration photo they use mahogany on door frames which will eventually become the color of the built in cabinet in the room. I’m thankful it worked out. Painter said it was extremely high quality paint.
Date published: 2023-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French gray Beautiful colour!!! Paired it with Railings which go perfect together.
Date published: 2023-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegance at its best It turned out even more beautiful than I expected.
Date published: 2023-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top quality paint Very good quality paint, easy to apply and finish is outstanding
Date published: 2023-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Calming colour I’d describe it as pale Khaki. Definitely more green than grey. Nice, easy paint to work with. I did 2 coats of a Johnstone’s primer and 3 coats of French Gray.
Date published: 2023-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A grown up green Used in the master bedroom, this green grey just adds elegance and gives the bedroom a real sense of style. We buy all f&b paints when they are on offer in b&q or Homebase. Find me on instagram #yasmininteriorhome
Date published: 2023-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Expensive but highly recommended if in your budget
Date published: 2023-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French Gray Eggshell Absolutely love this colour, have it on all the woodwork in my home. Wish they had it in stair paint too!
Date published: 2023-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A green kitchen Our kitchen renovation involves 3 (and possibly 4) F&B colors, and I could not be happier with my choices. The palette is warm, harmonious, and easy to live with. So glad that Stirabout arrived just in time! Lower cabinets Treron Upper cabinets: French Gray Upper walls and ceiling, Stirabout Accent color for one cabinet away from the rest Yellow Ground
Date published: 2023-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French Grey for bedroom I have just had my master bedroom painted in French Grey. We wanted it to blend with the view of the trees outside the window. I love it. Such a calming sophisticated colour. Great for a bedroom.
Date published: 2022-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful French gray I have a gray living room and I wanted a pop of colour that didn't clash and would bring a cosy, modern feeling to the room. I definitely found this with the French gray. I have yound children so I bought the modern emulsion version.
Date published: 2022-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous but 3 coats needed Colours is beautiful but coverage isn’t great. It’ll take 3 coats.
Date published: 2024-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from French Grey We've used French grey in both our dining room and kitchen. The colour is beautiful and calming. We've used it on the walls with lime white on the cabinetry in the kitchen and it has a beautiful country feel. We have also used it with a feature wall of de nimes and it looks contemporary and so cosy. The modern eggshell is great but the estate emulsion I must admit does scratch off rather easily so I would use modern emulsion if like us have a busy household. Hope that helps.
Date published: 2022-12-29

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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