No. 2002

White Tie

Estate Emulsion

White Tie is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 14.
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75 Years of Perfecting Paint
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Estate Emulsion

Our prettiest white is named after the old, pre-brightened, starched cotton used for white tie jackets.  

Estate Emulsion is a classic choice for low-traffic interior walls and ceilings. Very matt with a distinctive, chalky finish, it minimises imperfections and creates a beautiful depth of colour.

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Complementary white: Wimborne White

Key features

Very matte

Very matte

Estate Emulsion is a very matte finish with a chalky 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 matte. 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.

Classic, chalky look

Classic, chalky look 

A true classic, Estate Emulsion is a distinctive, chalky finish that minimises imperfections and creates beautiful depth of colour. Due to this unique texture, it’s best suited to less-busy areas without a lot of traffic.

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas

For walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas 

Estate Emulsion is our classic finish for interior walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas. Gently wipeable but not washable.

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.

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

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

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accent Colour New White
No.59
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trim Colour Matchstick
No.2013
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accent Colour Farrow's Cream
No.67
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trim Colour Dorset Cream
No.68
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accent Colour Wimborne White
No.239
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trim Colour All White
No.2005

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom’s bedroom Used this for Mom’s bedroom. 2.5l was enough for the job - covering 5.5 rolls of Liatris White Ridged Effect Textured Wallpaper from B&Q. Only needed one coat. Half inch left in tin when job done. Nice creamy white colour complimenting the fabrics very well. Chose in preference to White Tie which we found to be too “Semi-Skimmed” when our comparing tester pot patches.
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White tie, soft bright and clean The colour is absolutely beautiful, soft, bright and clean with a slight hint of a sheen that catches the daylight. I used this in my hallway, a high traffic area and we have a Norfolk Terrier! also a north facing front door so the light is less intense. I wanted a lighter colour to replace the darker original and I painted the dado and skirting in white gloss along with the stair spindles, contrasted by a hardwood hand rail. It looks great and I plan to do my lounge next!
Date published: 2023-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exterior paint Excellent coverage. I have used White Tie for many years this one for exterior finish and Farrow & Ball interior eggshell
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm white! A lovely warm white, which l9oks perfect in our north facing country house kitchen!
Date published: 2023-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect white Beautiful, soft and elegant white. Used in south west facing kitchen. Perfect backdrop for many colours.
Date published: 2023-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best paint I have ever used I love Farrow and Ball. It’s a pleasure to paint with. The colours are superb with so much choice. No white spirit needed so easy to clean the brushes. I could go on and on but I’ll just say I would never use any other paint.
Date published: 2023-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A single coat of elegance Perfect complement to Dorset Cream. Also, I drenched the walls, ceiling and skirting board (used eggshell) and it looks elegant. Only required one coat as well even though I was painting over a slightly darker colour.
Date published: 2023-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect off white I adore White Tie. It's the perfect off white colour. I painted a whole room in it and it's so bright and luminescent and warm. I've also used it as the woodwork colour in other rooms which have a strong colour on the wall. Has complemented them well. It will always be my go to off white F and B colour. The photos on here don't do it justice at all. Hard to capture!
Date published: 2022-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me Difficult to apply and the colour was like a dirty magnolia after smoking 60 a day for ten years
Date published: 2024-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beyond disappointed Our whole house is Farrow & Ball and this is the first time I've felt let down. We spent a lot of time with different people (all who were lovely) in the shop and were very specific we didn't want a yellow. Somehow we ended up with White Tie which looks like a Magnolia (matches the pre-primed doors perfectly!). If you want a Magnolia this is a great paint for you (with the usual quality of service and great finish) - just be warned it is very yellow.
Date published: 2023-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More imaginative colour schemes please Boring colour schemes Do the colours no justice. Needs more imagination and colour
Date published: 2022-12-10

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

Always read and follow the information on the product label.

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.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.