No. 40

Mouse's Back

Mouse's Back is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
  • Handcrafted in Dorset
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A quiet grey brown

This grey brown classic takes its characterful name from the fawny colour of the British field mouse. Much like its namesake, the green based Mouse’s Back is quiet in nature and feels soft in rooms both large and small. It will read greener when used on the walls of underlit rooms and is the perfect accent on furniture or floors when combined with more traditional shades such as Setting Plaster and Lime White.

Complementary white: Slipper Satin

Key features

The finest ingredients

The finest ingredients

We’re dedicated to perfecting the art of paint. At our home in Dorset, we combine the finest ingredients, 75 years of experience and technical precision to help you create beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. Even in our colour rich paints, less than 8% of the tin is the colour. The other 92% is what creates the quality, depth and extraordinary response to light that transforms your home. 
Paint is like coffee. The colour is the froth on the top, but it’s the quality of the rest of the cup that makes it taste good. 
– Richard Ball, Farrow & Ball Co-founder 

We use twelve exclusive pigments, all specifically selected for their colour intensity. We take colour seriously, so naturally, we only accept the very best. By using these same pigments to make every colour in our palette, all our shades combine effortlessly, making it easy for you to put together a cohesive colour scheme. 

Deeper, richer colours

Deeper, richer colours

Packed with pigment for an extraordinary response to every kind of light.

We add generous helpings of rich pigment to create our signature look – deep colours with complex undertones. The same space that feels bright and airy in morning sun, can feel cosy and intimate by evening. Our teams design each shade under every kind of light, so it will be perfectly balanced in every setting.

Extraordinary response to light

Extraordinary response to light

We spend months carefully crafting and testing each of our paint colours to make sure they share our signature extraordinary response to light. This beautiful reaction to changing light, like bringing out different undertones or shifting intensity, is what makes our paint so special.

Interior and exterior finishes

Interior and exterior finishes

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).

We even have multi-surface finishes like Dead Flat and Full Gloss, so you can tackle walls, woodwork and metal at the same time. 

Our comprehensive range is comprised of paint finishes that not only look beautiful, but offer different practical benefits. Designed for a variety of different surfaces, each finish is compatible with our high-performance Primers & Undercoats to ensure exceptional coverage, adhesion and depth of colour. 

Colour Story

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.

Find your perfect finish:

Available in new
Dead Flat


Walls, woodwork
& metal

Kitchen walls & ceilings

Bathroom walls
& ceilings




Front doors
& woodwork


Exterior walls

Traditional plasterwork

Intricate mouldings

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

accent Colour Lime White
trim Colour Off-White
accent Colour Light Gray
trim Colour Old White
accent Colour Mizzle
trim Colour Pigeon

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dining Room Colors Mouse's back with Shaded White and French Gray. All three colors push from neutral to green in different lighting conditions.
Date published: 2023-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The feeling we wanted to create We have an Austrian built Chalet (in California) and the previous owners painted the 1980's oak paneling a cheap off whit to "brighten" the room. We hoped to restore our home to a true Austrian Chalet. We stripped the paint to find 1980's oak that just wasn't right. Mouse's Back has turned the room into a beautiful space with warmth that matches the feeling of the home.
Date published: 2023-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painted church pew The perfect colour for my old church pew. Sits well with the shaded white kitchen cabinets and school house white walls - very pleased with this colour! A lovely warm darker neutral.
Date published: 2023-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect choice Gorgeous colour it’s says what’s in the tin a little bit pricy but worth having it
Date published: 2024-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelievable pigment Requires three coats but the colour is unmatched. I have tried colour matching in the past and it never works!!!/ you will always loose the depth of colour. So pleased with the results, a lot more green than advertised, beautiful moss colour.
Date published: 2023-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great colour, awful finish in Dead Flat I used Dead Flat on my wardrobe doors, the colour is perfect but the finish is poor. It marks so easily, the slightest knock when putting a garment in the wardrobe leaves a mark. I don’t think it’s as described, durable and able to be cleaned easily. It’s described as suitable for walls and woodwork, in this colour definitely not in my opinion. Different colours can be different in terms of cover, wear etc.. I’m very disappointed, an expensive mistake.
Date published: 2023-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dead Flat finish is awful - don’t buy! My husband and I decided to try the new Dead Flat finish as it’s been all over Farrow & Ball’s advertising lately, and we couldn’t regret it more. It looks absolutely horrible. We have used Modern Emulsion and Modern Eggshell many other times in our home with great results, but the Dead Flat is thin and streaky with very poor coverage. We used one coat of the recommended primer and two coats of paint and it just looks horrible. Customer service told my husband that two coats of primer work best with this new finish, you can’t have air conditioning on while painting, and it can’t be a humid day outside. Nowhere on the website says Dead Flat needs two coats of primer, which just adds more time and money to a project. If we had known it was so finicky we would absolutely not have purchased it and would have used a more reliable (and less expensive) paint option. We have to repaint the wall entirely so wasted a lot of money and time using this paint. We even bought Dead Flat paint for another room and my husband refuses to use it in that room because of how bad it looks in the painted room. Don’t make our mistake. (On a color note - Mouse’s Back is lovely. Beautiful olive brown)
Date published: 2023-07-07