No. 255

Tanner's Brown

Modern Emulsion

Tanner's Brown is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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Modern Emulsion

Our darkest drab is named after the artisans whose occupation it was to tan the hides or skins used to create leather.

 

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, easy to clean finish for interior walls and ceilings. Washable and protected against mould, it’s the best choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

Complementary white: Joa's White

Key features

Matt

Matt

Modern Emulsion is a beautiful, durable matt finish with 7% 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 walls and ceilings

For interior walls and ceilings

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough, matt finish for interior walls and ceilings. 

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.

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Best choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Our expert chemists add a preservative to Modern Emulsion that protects it from mould, keeping moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms looking fresh. So, although it makes a wonderful addition to every room of your home, it’s the best finish option for these steamy spaces in particular. 

Tough and easy-to-clean

Tough and easy-to-clean

Our super-tough superstar for washable walls, Modern Emulsion has a high-performance formula that makes it easy to wipe away spills and marks – not paint. We use high-quality minerals and strong binders to make sure it’s also resistant to knocks and 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: Joas WhiteComplementary white: Joas White

Joa's White

Joa’s White is a light and clean taupe with the merest hint of black pigment.
Find out more about Joa's White No.226

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

Recommended Primer & Undercoat

Primers & UndercoatPrimers & Undercoat

Dark Tones

When it comes to using dark colours, the deeper the better. So, for an irresistibly inviting finished look, pair darker shades with our Dark Tones Primer & Undercoat. Based on the colour of Down Pipe, combining this primer with your topcoat creates an unrivalled richness and makes quite the statement.

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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#F6EBD5
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accent Colour Tallow
No.203
#D9CFC2
trim Colour Stirabout
No.300
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#C9C7CD
#8D838C
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accent Colour Calluna
No.270
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trim Colour Brassica
No.271
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#C1B2A2
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#C1B2A2
accent Colour Jitney
No.293
#B19C8D
trim Colour Dead Salmon
No.28

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Sample Our Favourite Browns

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 brown shades to help you find your perfect match.

Sample selection contains 3 x 100ml Sample Pots of our beautiful Oxford Stone, Jitney and Dead Salmon.



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 Black Paint Colours

Far from dark and dreary, black paint creates intimate, inviting and thoroughly sophisticated spaces to escape to at the end of a long day. Go bold and take it all over or simply add a touch to your trim.

 

Black Paint Colours

Discover Black Paint Schemes

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

Black Paint Schemes

 






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 Brown Paint Colours

Ranging from grounding, earthy shades to deep, luxurious hues, brown paint creates a range of moods to suit every room – and outside space too – without ever feeling cold.

Brown Paint Colours

Discover Brown Paint Schemes

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

Brown Paint Schemes


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old bath vanity update - WOW Ugly golden oak vanity turned into a beauty! Black nickel hardware is perfect compliment to Tanner’s Brown.
Date published: 2023-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this colour in my entrance hall and stairs I used Tanners Brown on the bannisters, dado rail and door frames in my entrance hall and on landing. It's stunning. Everyone who comes into the house loves it but cannot put their finger on the fact that it's dark brown: people see aubergine, or dark grey. It's so smart and warm, I'm kind of in love with it. Also going to use the leftover low gloss from the woodwork to paint a strip around the kitchen units on the walls instead of tiling, and then do Setting Plaster above on the walls. I think it will look fab. Deep chocolate, makes you want to lick it!
Date published: 2023-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this colour. This a gorgeous, rich brown with more than a hint of purple. Goes beautifully with Joa’s White.
Date published: 2023-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nee classic wonder paint for sure Superb in all ways .. colour and finish a joy to use
Date published: 2023-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Purple in the sun We painted a small dining room in Tanners Brown, and ended up immediately repainting it in another color. In the sun, it became very purple. It doesn’t feel very brown or warm.
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Like coloured water! We bought this a while ago in the modern eggshell. We only just got around to painting a sample card, so we can see how it goes on. We did therefore not use the primer (although we bought some for the project). The result is simply terrible. The paint is really thin, and it appears to have hardly any pigment. It is like a watercolour wash! You can see all the brushmarks as well. I'm now not sure whether to go ahead with the project (stair railings). The colour is lovely and just what we wanted. It is very much like an extremely dark wood. We had been storing it indoors over this hot summer, so the tin got hot, but I can't see why that should effect the pigment - ie make most of it disappear into something colourless!
Date published: 2022-09-05
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