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Old White

Modern Eggshell

Old White is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
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Modern Eggshell

This colour simply earns its name by being the most historic of all our whites.  

Modern Eggshell is our toughest interior finish, adding lasting colour and protection to interior wood, metal and concrete. It’s even tough enough for floors and kitchen cabinets.

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Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Key features

Mid sheen

Mid sheen

Our super-tough mid shine finish with a 40% 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 wood, metal and concrete

For interior wood, metal and concrete

Add colour and protection to interior wood, metal, and concrete surfaces. This ultra-durable eggshell is even tough enough for floors, and can be used throughout the home on skirting, doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and radiators.

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.

Tough enough for floors

Tough enough for floors

This ultra-durable eggshell is even tough enough for interior wooden and concrete floors. 

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.

Our most durable finish

Our most durable finish

Modern Eggshell is our toughest finish — it’s even suitable for floors. Formulated by our experts using the finest ingredients, it’s washable, wipeable and stands up to scuffs or scrapes.

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

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accent Colour Lime White
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trim Colour Off-White
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accent Colour Light Gray
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trim Colour Mouse's Back
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Sample Our Favourites

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 shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful All White, Wimborne White and Pointing.

Sample Our Favourite Neutrals

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 neutral shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Drop Cloth, Stirabout, and Old White.

View All White Paint Colours

Here at Farrow & Ball, white is never just white. We have over twenty shades to choose from, all with different undertones to create different moods.

 

White Paint Colours

White Paint Schemes

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

See our White Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Timeless Colour Love this colour, works really well in my utility room, which is in a farm house.
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely! Absolutely love this colour! Is there a RAL number for it?
Date published: 2023-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely colour Great coverage, lovely colour being warm but sophisticated cool!
Date published: 2023-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traditional Neutrals are a revelation Old white is perfect for rooms with little natural light. I love painting and spent a blissful few days transforming my dark cold Boot room/Utility in to a joyful space. I painted all cupboards and doors in old white and walls in lime white which is a stunning colour which has a wonderful chalky warmth. Truly beautiful.
Date published: 2023-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy purchase Good service…great paint…very pleased with application and finish
Date published: 2023-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the new Dead Flat finish My first time using the Dead Flat and I am really pleased with the finish. On wobbly old walls the finish is perfect and much more practical than estate emulsion as it’s wipe-able. Brilliant!
Date published: 2023-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love F&B paint quality Love the color. It can look like a warm yellow at certain times of day and warm white at other times of day. I love how it changes depending on the light coming in the windows
Date published: 2023-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous go-to colour! This is my absolute favourite Farrow and Ball colour and it has made an appearance in every house I’ve owned. Stunningly classic grey-beige which adapts and changes beautifully in the light. Perfect on doors in Estate Eggshell to leave a satin long lasting finish and warm enough to blend with neutrals without feeling too cold. Everyone asks me what the colour is!
Date published: 2023-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore this colour! Bought this in modern emulsion for our bathroom and I absolutely love the subtle tone and warmth it brings. Keeping the bathroom looking modern yet timeless too. The modern emulsion is perfect as it is completely wipeable (tried and tested!)
Date published: 2023-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shiny finish and disappointing colour I haven’t used F&B eggshell for many years, just emulsion. Back then I used Cooking Apple Green to paint half panelled walls in my breakfast room and the finish was beautiful (very low sheen) and hard wearing due to it being proper oil paint. My other woodwork was done in Pointing. Recently, I needed to find a good neutral that I could paint all the woodwork in the house and after many tester pots (I always paint large pieces of paper to test the colours) I decided on Old White. I’ve only just started (one windowsill and a cabinet) but unfortunately I’ve decided I really do not like the finish. It’s so shiny that if it was another brand it would be termed ‘satin’. It really cannot be called ‘eggshell’. The sill is ok but the cabinet has had four coats on top of the recommended primer to avoid a streaky finish. I suspect it will not wear as well as oil based paint. On top of this the colour is just a little too green or in some lights, grey which is not at all what I wanted! Disappointing but I will have to plough on with it as I have invested a lot in buying 2.5l of both the eggshell and primer. In future I think I’ll stick to just Tsing F&B emulsion
Date published: 2023-01-18

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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