White paint may seem like the simplest of neutrals, but with over twenty F&B shades to choose from, there's more to it than meets the eye. The different undertones in white paint can create a surprising range of effects, from crisp and bright to warm and inviting.
The undertones in white paint can be cool, warm, or neutral. Cool undertones include blue, gray, and green, while warm undertones include cream, yellow, and pink. Neutral undertones are neither cool nor warm.
When choosing the right shade of white paint for your space, it's important to consider the natural light in your space and the style of your space. If you have a lot of natural light, you can choose a cooler shade of white. If you have less natural light, you can choose a warmer shade of white. If you have a modern or minimalist space, you can choose a cool shade of white. If you have a traditional or cozy space, you can choose a warmer shade of white.
Need help picking a Farrow & Ball colour? You can order a free paint chart to help you make the right choice.
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Farrow and ball offer a rich range of pigments and titanium dioxide. This allows their paint to produce a high amount of light-reflection, so throughout the day as the level of the sun varies, so do the paints undertones. This gives their paints a much higher appeal than paints from the lower end of the market.
Modern Emulsion is best for high traffic areas such as hallways and childrens bedrooms etc. 7% Sheen
Estate Emulsion: Best for low traffic interiors.
Estate Eggshell is best for wood and metal. So kitchen cupboards, radiators, doors and banisters etc. 20% Sheen
Modern Eggshell: Best for skirting boards, picture rails, dado rails, doors, door frames and architraves, interior wooden windowsills, wooden window frames and even including including interior floors.
Full Gloss is perfect for areas where you want to make an impact, can be used on surfaces throughout a home or commercial building. It's reflective with a very high sheen.
Exterior Eggshell: Durable, breathable low sheen finish for exterior wood and metal. Lasts up to 6 years. 20% sheen.
Exterior Massonary: Durable, breathable, water-resistant super matt finish for exterior brick, render and concrete. Lasts up to 15 years. 2% sheen.
Specialist decoration of an old property
Casein Distemper: Specialist breathable very flat matt finish for low-traffic interior lime plaster walls and ceilings. 2% sheen.
Soft Distemper: Specialist finish for decorative interior ceilings and detailed plasterwork. 2% sheen.
Limewash: Traditional, highly breathable specialist finish for lime rendered exterior walls and interior lime plaster walls and ceilings. Professional application recommended. 2% sheen.
Farrow and ball paints are classed as Minimal or Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). This makes them greener and safer to use than most lower end paints, and as a result produces better air quality in the property where they are used.