No. 306


Casein Distemper

Selvedge is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20.
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Casein Distemper

A lighter version of De Nimes, named after the highly prized denim woven on a shuttle loom to produce closed edges.  

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: Shadow White

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: Shadow WhiteComplementary White: Shadow White

Shadow White

Shadow White is a versatile and understated colour that works brilliantly in any style of home.
Find out more about Shadow White No.282

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 Shaded White
trim Colour Worsted
accent Colour Shadow White
accent Colour Inchyra Blue
trim Colour De Nimes

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Sample Our Favourite Blues

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 blue shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Inchyra Blue, Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue.

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

Blue Paint Schemes

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Selvedge wall with WImborne White wardrob A lovely blue to complement my wallpaper and wardrobes painted in Wimborne White
Date published: 2024-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Flat Selvedge Lovely colour, easy to apply, and great matt finish.
Date published: 2023-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful gray blue I have both Selvedge and DeNimes. Both are beautiful colors. I found that Selvedge is more gray than DeNimes, not less gray as the description says. De Nimes has more green and is a bit darker, while Selvedge is really a grayish blue. Both are lovely, rich colors; especially stunning when on well-lit walls.
Date published: 2023-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Selvedge Tester Pot Absolutely stunning colour and fabulous quality as always
Date published: 2023-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and Thick Lovely thick paint with a heavy pigment easy to apply with brush or roller. Might try spraying some dead flat next.
Date published: 2023-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Selvidge blue Lovely rich colour, north facing bedroom looks cosy
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely soft misty blue Our kitchen has been deNimes for the last few years: I loved it but it was always a bit darker than I had expected. Selvedge is perfect: lighter, bluer (less grey) with an almost slight green tone to it in darker light yet a very soft blue look in bright daylight. It's simply perfect, and - best of all- only needed one coat as the colour was similar to the previous paint!
Date published: 2023-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected I really liked this product, it’s the first time I’ve used farrow and ball and it did not disappoint. I used and hlvp spray gun to coat up some of the furniture and then a specialist roller on other components. It lays on and dries really evenly. And it hardens further over time.
Date published: 2023-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint that does what it says on the tin, excellent Great product delivered on time, well packed and looks great
Date published: 2023-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect boat blue grey Beautiful colour excellent coverage brightened up our boat wonderfully
Date published: 2023-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful mid blue and perfect in Dead Flat So happy we chose to re paint our drawing room in Selvedge. We wanted something with character that held its own in the evening but wasn’t too dark by day. This is perfect and the dead flat finish is remarkable.
Date published: 2023-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bedroom blue Selvedge was the perfect colour to tie in with the wallpaper and looks beautiful with accents of navy and mustard…stiffkey blue was used in the small adjoining study area with Wimborne white on the woodwork. A very happy customer 😁
Date published: 2023-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely shade of blue traditional and yet modern I have redecorated a spare room in Selvedge. I was worried about painting all the walls in this colour but it looks great. Decadent and stylish without being too dark
Date published: 2023-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colour This was my first time using F&B and I couldn’t be happier. I wanted a rich colour for our office that would make the whole room feel more sophisticated and elegant. I initially thought I might go with De Nimes but the room has several dark corners so I went with Selvedge instead - best decision ever!
Date published: 2022-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sultry relaxed blue for bathroom I bought Selvedge to paint a small en suite and it was so luscious on the walls we ended up repainting our dark, north facing bathroom too. A beautiful grey blue
Date published: 2022-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grey / Blue A bit more grey then I expected. But still a beautiful colour. However I didn't end up using it for my project.
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hoping you can update samples I had to get the pot of paint because a paper sample of this color was not available, nor is it included in my fandeck. It was also not available on Samplize.
Date published: 2023-10-25
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