No. 231

Setting Plaster

Setting Plaster is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 30.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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A dusty plaster pink

This dusty pink is named after the blushing walls we often admire in newly plastered houses. It is definitely a pink in historic terms, but has a certain softness to it due to the inclusion of yellow pigment. Our timeless Setting Plaster creates a wonderful backdrop to antique furniture, and also works incredibly well when paired with Mahogany in a more contemporary home.

Complementary white: School House White

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: School House WhiteComplementary white: School House White

School House White

School House White is pared back, timeless and familiar without the cool undertones of the more contemporary neutral groups.
Find out more about School House White No.291

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

White & Light Tones

Our White & Light Tones Primer & Undercoat creates a wonderful base for our softest shades. Covering imperfections on your surface and adding extra depth of colour, this primer is based on our simplest colour, All White.

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 Tallow
trim Colour Dimity
accent Colour Skimming Stone
accent Colour Charleston Gray
trim Colour London Clay

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cosy colour Colour drenched the hallway in setting plaster and woodwork/door in pointing. Initially I thought it was too much. However, a week later I love this space. Setting plaster dries slightly lighter. It can feel dark at night but it is not a space I spend time in at night (so that is fine). Throughout the day the walls look fab in the west facing hall with light from the east facing kitchen. Also, matches with arsenic on the kitchen wall.
Date published: 2024-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with results Great service and The Estate Emulsion went on like a dream and gave excellent coverage. This was my first time to use Farrow and Ball paint and I will definitely be using it again.
Date published: 2024-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Lovely colour, covers really well, even a dark grey with 2 coats. Reflects the light beautifully.
Date published: 2024-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful dusty pink. Used Setting Plaster to paint my office space in our new home, could not be more pleased with this colour. It is a dusty blush pink that is neither dull and unsaturated nor overpowering. It has warmth and changes in light throughout the day really do bring out different tones and qualities in the paint.
Date published: 2024-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our family room now feels lovely & cosy D Salmon & Templeton Pink just both felt too dark so this was a good alternative. 2 coats as usual worked a treat.
Date published: 2023-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning shade Beautiful blush pink shade, unfortunately the lighting coming into my hallway from the West (with only the light from door window) darkened it just too much. 😢 All is not lost as I think I've found another favourite, keeping my fingers crossed re the light coming from the West.
Date published: 2023-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft, deep and full of character I love this colour. It has a beautifully creamy texture with wonderful depths.
Date published: 2023-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hallway Chose Setting Plaster for my hallway it’s fabulous
Date published: 2023-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm yet neutral, beautiful! I had seen this colour in a F&B promotion and fallen in love with it. I decided to use it in my kitchen and it is absolutely beautiful, really warm but neutral and a perfect colour to use as a neutral background with personality.
Date published: 2023-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Color! This is such a beautiful color! Not sure why I waited so long to make this choice! Pics to come once the project is finished
Date published: 2023-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely calm, warm yet neutral colour. This is a lovely neutral, warm colour. I bought a house with a room already painted this colour - it was badly scuffed by a visitor and I needed to 're-touch' a small area. Thankfully, I managed to guess which of Farrow & Balls many subtle colours this was and got the right match with a small sample pot - always a challenge! (wonder if there's a recommended method of colour matching previously painted areas?)....Whole room as good as newly painted now - very handy! Also wondering what to do if colour was a different finish and one only needed a sample pot to 'touch up'??
Date published: 2023-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfully elegant colour Setting Plaster is a fantastic colour. It is very versatile and elegant, and really makes your space come alive. It changes the mood into something enticing and relaxing. Once you are finished painting, suspend your judgement for a few days. It takes some time for the final colour to set in as the paint cures. Once it is ready, you will be very happy. The Dead Flat finish is just amazing. It breathes new life into your walls. I highly recommend this paint. I used it in our upstairs landing and on the door of our main bathroom. It works really well with metal accessories, marble, and wood. A+
Date published: 2023-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful chameleon-like colour We chose Setting plaster for the woodwork in our girls’ bedroom, with Pink Ground on the walls. They are gorgeous together. I had seen them recommended for use together by Joa Studholme, but there aren’t many examples of this to view online. The room is west facing with another velux window to the east, so quite bright. The colours change beautifully through the day. It’s a colour that appeals to my pink-obsessed girls, and to the adults of the house equally.
Date published: 2023-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bedroom Bliss Beautiful colour. Used in a bedroom -very calming and relaxing
Date published: 2023-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my mind and love it I previously tried a sample and was unimpressed with the finish but loved the colour. When the new dead flat came out I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. This covered really well in two coats (some small patches will need 3), and went on much better than the paint I’m used to using (top tier BM drips). It’s a chameleon and sometimes it leans a bit mauve or dusty, and sometimes it glows the most beautiful peach, but always it looks really good in the space and works well with my trim. I just painted it so I can’t speak to how well it will wear. I painted directly over a BM white, no primer.
Date published: 2023-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just better. Just better. Easier to apply, better coverage, longer lasting. Worth the extra £.
Date published: 2023-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic color! We are renovating an old house and for the living room this color was perfect! So cosy, warm and elegant. To add a little wow factor we choose to decorate one wall with the lotus wallpaper. Trims and doors is painted with London Stone. This products is a bit more expensive than others, but could not be happier with the resault! Will defenitly choose F&B again.
Date published: 2023-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used in my living room and landing. I love this colour. It feels like a very warm neutral, especially in my living room where it’s next to the Calke Green in my hallway. F&B is always wonderful quality and easy to put on the wall.
Date published: 2023-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Subtle Mediterranean colour Lovely subtle colour used outside to enhance the greens in garden and sandstone
Date published: 2023-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Such a gorgeous colour and works with so many other colours to create either a vintage feel or a modern feel. I’m about to go over the walls and skirting in the new Dead Flat because, well - Kids.
Date published: 2023-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This colour brings me joy! Using the right undercoat I used estate emulsion and estate eggshell on the picture rail. The rest of the woodwork is painted in Hague blue. It makes my north facing bedroom feel so warm and it’s a pleasure to spend time there which is great as I work from home in the same room. The colour offsets my newly restored fireplace too! Just love it! It is more expensive than some paints but the coverage is very good and the depth of colour is unbeatable.
Date published: 2022-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Colourway F & B has the best colourways in the market ...Have not used paint as yet, but have no doubt it will be exemplary
Date published: 2023-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing paint, same day delivery a failure The paint is fabulous, but this is the second time I pay extra to have it delivered on the same day, and despite my order is placed well before the established deadline to be eligible, the order gets delivered the day after... These are things to which a company like this should definitely pay more attention. I will keep buying, of course, but never paying for the same day delivery anymore.
Date published: 2024-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Farrow and Ball were the only company (out of 3) who didn’t send a little paint brush with their sample pots. Despite their paint being more expensive than other companies, this makes it feel less luxurious. A rethink on marketing required @farrow and ball
Date published: 2023-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, but sucked all the light out of our kitchen We bought this to decorate our kitchen which has a fair amount of natural light. We chose the dead flat finish, to minimise imperfections in our 15th century cottage walls Whilst it's a beautiful colour, and does minimise imperfections, it has sucked all the natural light out of the room. In daylight it's a bit dim, but as soon as we turn on the electric lights the walls close in on us. The colour is rich and intense, the paint quality is lovely, but it absorbs natural light and made our room feel much smaller. We're changing the colour, which is a fairly costly mistake.
Date published: 2023-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from When is a Sample not a Sample? Ordered sample pots from the Dead Flat range but when they arrived they were Estate Emulsion. When I queried this I was told the sample was for colour purposes. So I squandered money on the smallest pot of Dead Flat Stony Ground only to find the colour is significantly different from the Estate Emulsion sample pot, but the finish isn't. It shouldn't be necessary to spend £36 to assess a paint before buying, and finish is as important as colour so to be sent sample pots of Estate Emulsion against an order for Dead Flat. It's not as if the sample pots are free!!
Date published: 2023-11-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not the quality I was expecting I recently bought and used this paint and I absolutely love the colour however the quality and durability of the paint is shockingly poor. I've only had this paint on my walls for under a month and today my cat knocked over a mug of water that was placed on the window sill. I quickly wiped the wall as soon as the spillage occurred but to my surprise the paint flaked off!! I usually buy from one of F&B main competitors however I fell in love with colour and assumed both companies would be the same quality as they both charge a premium price, however I was clearly wrong.
Date published: 2024-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I will never buy Farrow and Ball again I painted my living room with Estate Emulsion Setting Plaster sometime in June 2022 it's now March of 2023 and it's cracking. I'm so disappointed in this brand.
Date published: 2023-03-24

Product information

Water Based and Toy Safe

Back in 2010, we moved to an entirely water based range of finishes, becoming the first in the industry to do so. These low-odor, low-VOC finishes are easy to clean without harmful solvents. They also meet child- and baby-safe requirements in accordance with The Canada Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, Canada Toy Regulations (SOR/2011-17) – Section 23 and ASTM F963 – 17 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.

Quality Finishes

Every one of our paint colours is available in a range of durable interior and exterior paint finishes, each rigorously tested to ensure an exceptional depth of colour and long-lasting finish. For the very best results, we always recommend using a Farrow & Ball Primer & Undercoat - see above for the correct tone for this colour.

Safety Information

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All Farrow & Ball finishes except Limewash contain isothiazolinones, which may produce an allergic reaction. Farrow & Ball Limewash contains calcium hydroxide which can cause severe damage in contact with skin or eyes. For further information about our products, including guidance on safe use and application, click here to view our advice pages.

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