No. 203


Exterior Masonry

Tallow is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 18.
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Exerior Masonry

This illuminating neutral takes its name from the natural material originally used to make candles.  

For brick, render and concrete, Exterior Masonry brings super matt, long-lasting colour to exterior walls. Its water-resistant formula protects walls, while also offering the highest level of water vapour permeability to allow them to breathe. Applied in line with our Product Advice Sheets, it resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to 15 years.

Complementary white: Wimborne White

Key features

Very matt

Very matt

Exterior Masonry is our super-matt, long-lasting finish for exterior walls with a 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 exterior brick and render 

For exterior brick and render

For exterior brick, render and concrete, Exterior Masonry brings super matt, long-lasting colour to exterior walls. Its water-resistant formula protects walls, while also offering the highest level of water vapour permeability to allow them to breathe. 

Weather resistant and breathable

Weather resistant and breathable

The water-resistant formula protects walls from the weather, while also offering 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 Masonry with added protection against fungi and algae, so your outdoor spaces stay looking their best. 

Lasts up to 15 years  

Lasts up to 15 years 

When applied according to our Product Advice Sheets, the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling and fading for up to 15 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: Wimborne WhiteComplementary white: Wimborne White

Wimborne White

Only a shade away from a pure white, the addition of the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment creates a very versatile shade. Find out more about Wimborne White No.239

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

Masonry & Plaster Stabilising Primer

For use on masonry, rendered or plastered surfaces which are porous, chalky or slightly worn. Our Masonry & Plaster Stabilising Primer will prep the surface for an even and longer lasting finish in our Exterior Masonry, Estate Emulsion or Modern Emulsion. Available in one colour (dries clear).

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 London Stone
trim Colour London Clay
accent Colour Pointing
trim Colour Wimborne White
accent Colour Matchstick
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.

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 Yellow Paint Colours

Sunny, cheerful and warm, yellow paint has all the ingredients for a space that makes you smile. From delicate cream to zesty lemon, whatever mood you’re looking to create, we’ve got shades of yellow paint to suit each and every one.

Yellow Paint Colours

Discover Yellow Paint Schemes

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

Yellow Paint Schemes



Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous illuminating colour Bought this to paint a room with dreaded artex textured walls that seemed to make every colour look dingy. So glad I found Tallow, it has totally transformed the walls and definitely has the effect of illuminating all the shadows created by the artex texture. It's a magical colour!
Date published: 2023-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A subtle warm colour for hall and landing We needed a warm but subtle colour for the hall and landing ares, which are high traffic. The Tallow colour was a great choice as it is a warm but not pink or overtly yellow. Reminds us of primroses in Spring. Our painter said the Dead Flat paint went on well and provided good coverage - we used F&B primer as we were painting over an emulsion that was decidely pinker. One coat of primer and two of the Dead Flat gas given a solid finish with consistent colour.
Date published: 2023-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joyful Shade! I was not prepared for how lovely this shade is. It has a very subtle warm hue that lifts my spirit whilst remaining a very light, and neutral pale cream. Just what you want in a home. It is clean and fresh and bright. Had only intended to do one room but would be quite happy to do the whole house in Tallow. Even my husband commented how stunning it looked when he walked in and could see a different quality about it. I have lived with magnolia in the kitchen for many years and was worried about going for a cream neutral again .... But so happy I used Tallow! It is in a different league!
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color We have a large modern-style living room that was white. Tallow has transformed this into a warmer, more welcoming space.
Date published: 2023-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Subtly responsive with light morning to midnight Choosing a wall color for the bedroom--with chosen dark teal and melange bed fabric and local light--took a few years of study. It also required a (DIY) thin skim coat of plaster and 2 sandings to smooth out previous owners' paint applications, but F&B investment energized that arduous task. With guidance from Flathead NY staff, we applied 1 coat primer + 2 Wimborne on ceiling, 2 coats primer on walls + 2 dead flat Tallow on walls. The hyper-pigmentation effects not merely a color, but also a "feeling." It is rich, soft, and sensitively responsive with light, morning to midnight. I could not be more satisfied.
Date published: 2023-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels like a hug! I painted our bedroom with this beautiful colour and it gives it a cosy,warm but also fresh feel. Went on like a dream, worth every cent.
Date published: 2023-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality every time! Beautiful quality paint. Fantastic coverage. Love the way natural light changes the hues through the day.
Date published: 2023-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tallow Beautiful rich cream colour. Looks fabulous in our north facing lounge. Expensive but worth it.
Date published: 2023-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top quality paint good for the trade Top quality lovely finish very good to use and a stunning colour
Date published: 2023-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm soft peach Lovely deep light peach colour that seems to glow in the light, even in a north facing room. We combined it with Kittiwake at the suggestion of farrow and ball and it looks lovely. Perfect for a nursery.
Date published: 2023-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely in every way! I bought Tallow in estate emulsion for a bathroom remodel in my eighteenth century home. It glows in the evening with artificial light, and is equally soothing without being dull in natural light in the daytime. It goes on beautifully, and I took the suggestion of pairing it with Winbourne white, in a gloss finish, for the trim. These pictures are from the project still in process (counters not yet in), but look how great the walls look! Tile in tub surround was chosen to match Tallow’s palette.
Date published: 2023-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mellow Lovely, mellow colour and the finish is outstanding
Date published: 2023-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful glowing light cream Painted the living room (SW) in this and it really changes shade so much in different lights! Works super well with wood, as well as blue and red.
Date published: 2023-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality Good quality finish went well on top of F&B primer. Pleasing slightly off-white colour almost. Used in bathroom.
Date published: 2023-07-17
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