No. 286

Peignoir

Modern Eggshell

Peignoir is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19.
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Modern Eggshell

This grey pink has a romantic feel, inspired by the 19th-century chiffon garment of the same name.  

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.

Complementary white: Strong White

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: Strong WhiteComplementary white: Strong White

Strong White

One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.  Find out more about Strong White No.2001

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 Charleston Gray
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trim Colour Cinder Rose
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accent Colour Pelt
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trim Colour Dove Tale
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accent Colour Wevet
No.273
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trim Colour Great White
No.2006

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Sample Our Favourite Pinks

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 pink shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Pink Ground, Setting Plaster and Sulking Room Pink.



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.

Purple Paint Colours

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Purple Paint Schemes


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relaxing and versatile. Paint quality excellent. Applies beautifully. Colour developed as it dried and as more coats were added. Very happy with the result.
Date published: 2024-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to Farrow and Ball First time we have purchased farrow and ball paint and it won't be the last. We wanted something different from the usual neutral colours, so we decided on peignoir estate emulsion and great white emulsion. Very pleased with the results.
Date published: 2024-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour We have this in our bedroom and it is fantastic. Such a beautiful colour. Can anyone tell me what colour green is used on the door frame woodwork on the main picture shown for this colour with the door slightly open, the coat on the back or the door and the frame just above it.
Date published: 2023-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best! The best paint I have ever used / worked with ! Coverage , finish and value. The price point may be off putting until you see how far it goes and the finish you get. Take the plunge and switch to FB
Date published: 2023-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peignoir Peignoir really is the most gorgeous color! Perfect for bedroom woodwork.
Date published: 2023-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pegnoir My hallway with a dado has expensive wallpaper under the dado so wanted to retain it and choose a complimentary shade Pegnoir looks lovely and blends perfectly - I chose the modern emulsion as it is a high traffic area and really like the slight reflection it gives
Date published: 2023-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best paint Used lots of paints over the years but this paint has to be the best.
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teamed with denimes Love this - we have dark wood floor, denimes skirting, dark old radiators and it works brilliantly in our south-east facing dining room. Such a fantastic colour.
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour This colour is amazing and feels so romantic I honestly feel like I am walking in a cloud when I walk in my lounge, quite dramatic I know but so true! highly recommend!!
Date published: 2023-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peignoir - a great choice! I was looking for something as calm and restful for a bedroom as a grey but more interesting, and I found it in Peignoir. But I so nearly didn’t! When I first looked at a sample by the window in a Farrow and Ball shop, the artificial lighting above the window made it look a very unappealing sludgy grey. Fortunately, I didn’t give up at that point and bought a sample pot. The next moment of doubt was when I saw my sample against a newly plastered wall; the colour of the fresh plaster didn’t do Peignoir any favours, and I was worried that it looked dead and cold. My builders then misted the wall in white, so I could get a better sense of the colour and it was transformed! I now have a beautifully calm, restful bedroom with the warm, interesting Peignoir in Estate Emulsion on the walls. I’m including photos so you can see how different it looks as the morning light catches it in different ways in different parts of the room. I am really happy with my choice and can recommend this colour! I treated the wardrobe to a couple of coats of Great White Estate Eggshell which I think goes very well with the Peignoir walls.
Date published: 2023-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Colour Not quite pink, not quite grey, not quite lilac! This colour changes with the light. It’s a remarkable colour that is elegant, relaxing. It doesn’t jar and just goes with anything.
Date published: 2022-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bedroom Perfection My bedroom hadn’t been decorated in aeons and it was time for a complete change. In the end I decided on Peignoir combined with Wevet. My bedroom is now a beautiful, contemporary space. I love it.
Date published: 2022-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressed with new dead flat Looks super Matt and cleans as they say. Price of FB paint is getting bit crazy. Homebase often has offers, yet not even a loyalty scheme when buying direct, bit disappointing for loyal customers.
Date published: 2023-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovely quality used on walls and ceiling in a good size north east facing bedroom that has good light. Kept feature wallpaper as is (Laura Ashley Willow ) . Colour, whilst lovely and does go with wallpaper, much more lilac than expected - quite unexpected depth of colour. I'll live with it as bedroom doesn't get a lot of use but if you are thinking of using this colour do what I didn't and try a test pot to make sure you want that much colour. It works well with Wevet. Second time I've used Dead Flat and very happy with the finish - now my go-to finish.
Date published: 2023-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peignoir dead flat I pained my dining/kitchen with Peignoir. It’s a dark space and I wanted a colour that was calm and could lift and light up the room – Peignoir did this brilliantly and I am 95% happy, my only grumble is in some lights I see violet tones which I’m not a fan of, but this might be the previous blue showing through slightly? Maybe I need another coat. Very happy customer though.
Date published: 2023-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Colour amazing, jury out on the Dead Flat finish I’ve been using F&B paints for 20 years. I’ve loved “Peignoir” since its launch, but it never worked in the particular light conditions in each room I sampled it in. Until now. A new home, a south-east facing bedroom and an alcove where I was placing my bed. I have taken the paint around the alcove walls and up and over the ceiling just above the alcove area. The rest of the walls in the room are pale pink (not F&B - sorry!). I have used the Peignoir in the same Dead Flat Matt finish on the woodwork too. The Peignoir is stunning. The direction of the light and the pale pink walls combine to bring out its best features: muted, soft, lavender-grey, but never sugary or sickly. In an east-facing room, I found the sample looked dirty after the sun moved away from the windows. In a north-facing room, its grey tones were too pronounced and too dark. In this room: perfect. Colour: five stars. Now to the new “Dead Flat” finish. It’s the first time I’ve selected this since its launch. For me, “dead” is the operative word. It is, as always, very personal: “one size fits one”. I found it to have depth on the walls (good) but the absence of any sheen has meant that, as the direction of the sunlight moves across the room, there are times when “dead” really is the only way to describe it. Since it’s my bedroom and it looks spectacular in the morning sun and under electric lighting in the evenings, that’s fine (might be an issue in the summer, though?). The real issue with it is its usage on woodwork. My decorator is well-versed in F&B paints and speaks highly of them. It was his first time using the Dead Flat finish at all, so he was quite intrigued to see how it turned out. The massive potential advantage of a “walls & woodwork” Matt finish is a big selling point, and was the reason I selected it, instead of my usual Estate emulsion and eggshell. The woodwork had F&B’s recommended “mid-tones” undercoat applied, but the coverage of the Dead Flat finish was poor (four coats!!) and the dead quality has something of a naff primer effect, wherever I look at it. I will definitely use Peignoir again in a south-facing room but I will never use the Dead Flat finish again. For walls, as noted above, it’s a personal preference. For the woodwork, it’s a definite sense of it just not being good enough a finish. I suspect that it won’t be especially durable even in a child-free, pet-free room such as mine. Decorator has said that he’ll do his damnedest to stop anyone else using it, and will price extra if they select it against his advice, because of the poor performance on the woodwork and the need to do extra coats. He said that he’s never had to do anything other than two coats on walls and woodwork with F&B paints, and he doesn’t even always use their undercoats. This was all “by the book” and still was neither a good process nor a good outcome. Ho hum. Onto the rest of the house. Not with Dead Flat anything, though!
Date published: 2024-01-04
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