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Advice on Paint Finishes

Advice on Farrow & Ball's Paint Finishes

Walls: Faded Terracotta No.CC8 from Kelly Wearstler's California Collection

Found the perfect color, but not sure which finish to choose? Whether it's exterior or interior (walls, ceiling, wood, metal, or floors) - we've got you covered! Keep scrolling to find the title of which surface you're looking to paint, followed by the description of finishes best applicable.

"All Farrow & Ball paints, from our chalky matt emulsion to our brilliant gloss, are made with a water base. That means they’re safer, faster-drying, lower in odor and VOCs, and better for the world we share than solvent based formulas, with absolutely no compromise on colour or finish."

*All information comes from Farrow & Ball.

Interior Walls and Ceilings

Finding the best paint for your walls and ceilings couldn’t be easier – choose from two matte emulsions and enjoy limitless possibilities. Between the signature velvety matte of Estate Emulsion and the durable, washable finish of Modern Emulsion, we’ve got every room in your home covered.

For a washable and durable matte finish we recommend Modern Emulsion.

Modern Emulsion is our super-tough finish for interior walls and ceilings. Washable, scuff-proof, and mold and mildew resistant, it’s suitable for use in every room of the home. From busy hallways to moisture-prone kitchens and bathrooms, Modern Emulsion is available in our full range of colours in a beautiful matte finish.

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For our signature chalky, very matte finish we recommend Estate Emulsion.

Estate Emulsion is our signature finish for interior walls and ceilings. Its distinctive chalky matte finish minimizes imperfections, and scatters light to fully express the depth of our colours. The flat, velvety effect it creates even brings added richness to darker colours.

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Interior Wood and Metal

Bringing new life to faded furniture or updating kitchen cabinets is easy with a choice of three Farrow & Ball finishes. From the sophisticated satin of Estate Eggshell to the full-on glamour of Full Gloss, each of our low-odor, water based trim finishes offers its own distinctive way of upgrading your wood and metal surfaces.

For a low-shine finish, we recommend Estate Eggshell.

Estate Eggshell is a washable, water based satin finish for interior wood and metal. Its soft low-shine finish brings an understated elegance to trim and furniture and is suitable for doors, kitchen cabinets, radiators, and other wood and metalwork throughout the home.

For a mid-shine finish, we recommend Modern Eggshell.

Modern Eggshell is our toughest interior finish, adding colour and protection to wood, metal, and concrete surfaces. This ultra-durable eggshell is tough enough for floors, and it can also be used throughout the home on skirting, doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and radiators.

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For a high-shine finish, we recommend Full Gloss.

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for both interior and exterior wood and metal, as well as bringing a touch of glamor to walls and ceilings. Our highest-shine finish, it’s resistant to water, flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.*

*Providing it has been applied in accordance with F&B's Product Advice Sheets. Not suitable for use on exterior plastic surfaces or decking.

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Interior Concrete or Wooden Floors

If your wooden or concrete floors are in need of a little love, we’ve got just the thing. Our recommended floor paint comes in every Farrow & Ball colour, letting you add personality and protection to your home’s most hard-working surface.

For long-lasting colour, we recommend Modern Eggshell.

Modern Eggshell is our toughest interior finish, adding colour and protection to wood, metal, and concrete surfaces. This ultra-durable eggshell is tough enough for floors, and it can also be used throughout the home on skirting, doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and radiators.

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Exterior Wood and Metal

Looking for the best exterior wood paint to freshen up your fences and furniture? Or an exterior gloss paint to bring new life to weathered gates and railings? Look no further. Our no-compromise formulas give you two choices of sheen level in our full range of colours,* all engineered to bring you colour and protection for up to six years.

For an exterior low-shine finish, we recommend Exterior Eggshell.

Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces with a finish that remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. Added preservatives help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.*

* Providing it has been applied in accordance with our Product Advice Sheets. Not suitable for use on exterior plastic surfaces or decking.

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For an exterior high-shine finish, we recommend Full Gloss.

Full Gloss is an ultra-high-gloss water based finish suitable for both interior and exterior wood and metal, as well as bringing a touch of glamor to walls and ceilings. Our highest-shine finish, it’s resistant to water, flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.**

* Providing it has been applied in accordance with our Product Advice Sheets. Not suitable for use on exterior plastic surfaces or decking.

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Exterior Walls

For years of protection and an unparalleled depth of colour, look no further than our Exterior Masonry paint. It’s an ultra-matt finish that’s water-resistant yet breathable, for walls that will stay looking fresh for up to 15 years.

For exterior wood and metal cladding, we recommend Exterior Eggshell.

Exterior Eggshell brings long-lasting colour to outdoor spaces with a finish that remains flexible once dry, protecting wood and metal surfaces through changing weather. Added preservatives help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and the resin-rich formula resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to six years.

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For brick, render and concrete, we recommend Exterior Masonry.

Exterior Masonry is our super-matte, long-lasting finish for exterior walls. Its water-resistant formula protects walls, while at the same time offering the highest level of water vapor permeability to allow them to breathe. Applied in line with our Product Advice Sheets, it resists flaking, peeling, and fading for up to 15 years.*

*Providing it has been applied in accordance with our Product Advice Sheets. Not suitable for use on highly alkaline or very porous surfaces such as lime render or fletton bricks.

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Historic Features

If you have period features that require a little extra care and attention, our traditional Dead Flat finish could be what you’re looking for.

For a very matte finish on interior wood and metal, we recommend Dead Flat.

Dead Flat is a delicate coating designed to draw interest. It is blended from an alkyd resin to recreate an 18th-century paint finish, and is suitable for interior wood trim, plaster, and metal.

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