Need a Greyed White Neutral Paint Color to Try?

We recently moved into a home with a variety of greyed-whites, and I have plenty of experience to guide you on this topic! There’s good reason so many designers turn to Farrow & Ball when they’re after classic, timeless, sophistication. These are thoughtfully designed rich colors with staying power. If you Need a Greyed White Neutral Paint Color, I have four pleasing options to peruse. This inspiring photo gallery will help you narrow down the best contenders to sample.

Cornforth White 228 Farrow & Ball on bedroom walls where Stella (a cockapoo) gets cozy in white bed linen - @stella.louie. #cornforthwhite
Cornforth White No. 228 on bedroom walls – @stella.louie

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Farrow & Ball Greyed White & Neutral Paint Colors

Don’t let a paint color’s name be too influential. Plenty of colors containing the word “gray” are options if you are seeking white paint colors (both cool and warm) or neutral paint to work with existing decor. And in fact if you’re after the perfect grey, the name of the paint may in a collection of whites. Wait. What?

Strong White No. 2001 (Farrow & Ball)

For example, this French farmhouse bath which likely appears beige or grey to your eye is Farrow & Ball Strong White:

Strong White (Farrow & Ball) paint color in French farmhouse bath - Vivi et Margot. #strongwhite #farrowandballstrongwhite
Photo/Design: Vivi et Margot…certainly charming indeed. In case you need neutral paint color ideas: Wall paint color: FARROW & BALL Strong White; Ceiling paint color: FARROW & BALL All White.
FARROW & BALL Strong White paint color.
FARROW & BALL Strong White paint color…light grey undertones impart a decidedly lovely effect for more contemporary environments.
Wevet (Farrow & Ball) paint color on kitchen cabinets in an English country home with folksy thistle prints - @littlewhitehouse. #wevet #farrowandballwevet
F&B Strong White on walls; Wevet on cabinets – @littlewhitehouse

Perhaps NEUTRAL is a better descriptive term, but let’s yield to the names chosen by Farrow & Ball since these ARE their colors!

Strong White Farrow & Ball paint color on walls of English country bath by @wallflower_cottage. #strongwhite
Strong White on walls; Treron on mirror – @wallflower_cottage

“This cool white is both strong by name and strong by nature. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties. Pair with Skimming Stone, Elephant’s Breath and All White in any combination for an effortlessly cohesive scheme.”

Strong White on walls of a charming French farmhouse living room by Vivi et Margot. #strongwhite #farrowandballstrongwhite
F&B Strong White – Vivi et Margot

It worked modern magic in this old French farmhouse (above) into which Vivi et Margot breathed new life.

Farrow & Ball Strong White and Card Room Green in an English country living room with Christmas tree - @prettylittleterrace. #strongwhite #cardroomgreen
Card Room Green No. 79 and Strong White 2001 – @prettylittleterrace

Isn’t Strong White amazing paired with Card Room Green (above)? For high contrast, here’s an idea for a small bath:

Strong White (Farrow & Ball) in a bath by @ceceliabelle_home. #strongwhite
Farrow & Ball Strong White & Railings in a bath by @ceceliabelle_home

Strong White is also stunning and serene paired with one of my favorite F&B colors of all time: Pavilion Gray:

Beautiful serene bedroom painted Strong White with Pavilion Gray board and batten - @my.millenium.maison #paviliongray #strongwhite #serenepaintcolors
Strong White walls with Pavilion Gray board and batten paneling – @my.millenium.maison

Pavilion Gray No. 242

I used this color at 66% strength on our existing kitchen cabinets, and with all of the natural sunlight, they appear pale blue-grey.

Our renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse quartz counters, calacatta gold marble backsplash, and light grey cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.
Pavilion Gray at 66% strength in my kitchen – Hello Lovely Studio

I mixed 2 parts Pavilion Gray with 1 part pure white (Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane in Satin).

Here’s how Farrow & Ball describes this classic mid grey:

“…was originally created for a bespoke pavilion, but is also reminiscent of an elegant 18th century Swedish colour. One of the Architectural Neutrals, the subtle blue undertones of Pavilion Gray add a contemporary touch and sense of spaciousness.

Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball on kitchen cabinets - @home_with_maicoh. #paviliongray
@home_with_maicoh – Pavilion Gray

Those subtle blue undertones are why I am such a fan! As far as I know, the examples shown of Pavilion Gray are at full strength.

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) on built-in wardrobes in a bedroom - DBD Interiors. #paviliongray
F&B Pavilion Gray – @DBD.Interiors

It can be helpful to browse photo galleries for paint color inspiration to see how the color looks in different lighting situations and with surrounding colors.

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) on living room walls - @dehuisgoden. #paviliongray #farrowandballpaviliongray
Pavilion Gray – @dehuisgoden

While Farrow & Ball paints could be challenging to source in the USA years ago, it’s easy to get your hands on samples now here!

Pavilion Gray paint color on front door of a beautiful English home with wisteria. #paviliongray #farrowandballpaviliongray #greypaintcolors
Pavilion Gray – Farrow & Ball

The topic is discussed in more depth RIGHT HERE. It always pays to take the time to test samples and live with those swaths on the wall for a little while before moving forward!

Pause for a Tranquil Soundtrack As You Browse

It’s a tranquil mid-grey for trim and panels:

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) paint color on trim in a beautiful Connecticut home with antiques - Giannetti Home (photo: Lisa Romerein). #paviliongray #graypaintcolors
Giannetti Home – Photo: Lisa Romerein

and can be softly soothing in a bath:

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray paint color on bathroom wall - @painted_goose. #paviliongray #farrowandballpaviliongray #graypaintcolors
Pavilion Gray in bath – @painted_goose – Greyed White Neutral Paint Color Ideas to Try!
Modern farmhouse kitchen with cabinets painted Pavilion Gray - Lauren Bradshaw. #paviliongray
Design: Lauren Bradshaw…in case you need neutral paint color ideas: Kitchen cabinet paint color: FARROW & BALL Pavilion Gray.
Pavilion Gray paint color by Farrow & Ball on built-ins and window seat in a glorious kitchen by Cynthia Carlson Associates. #paintcolors #paviliongray #farrowandball #builtins #mudroom #windowseat #graycabinets
Built-ins and window seat are painted Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray in a glorious project by Cynthia Carlson Associates.

How to Make Sure You Have Picked a Winning Paint Color

It is truly worth the effort, friends:

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Cornforth White No. 228

Here’s another gorgeous Farrow & Ball neutral for which I have experience. It’s an understated grey without gray anywhere in the name:

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White paint color.
FARROW & BALL Cornforth White…certainly lovely indeed.
Cornforth White No. 228 Farrow & Ball soothing grey neutral paint color. #cornforthwhite
Farrow & Ball Cornforth White 228 – In case you need Greyed White Neutral Paint Color Ideas!

“Cornforth White is the mid tone in the group of Easy Neutrals which are totally understated and extremely versatile. Neither too warm nor too cool, Cornforth White sits contentedly between Ammonite and Purbeck Stone to create a hushed and calming retreat.”

Cornforth White in English living room by @100yearsinthemaking. #cornforthwhite
No. 228 Cornforth White – @100yearsinthemaking
Cornforth White walls in a beautiful serene living room with minimal luxe style - @stella.louie. #cornforthwhite #farrowandballcornforthwhite
Cornforth White in a living room – @stella.louie
Cornforth White (Farrow & Ball) paint color on paneled wall of a serene bedroom by @_houseonthemeadow
Cornforth White – @_houseonthemeadow

Hardwick White No. 5

Gothic arched front door painted Farrow & Ball Hardwick White - @sharpe_russell. #hardwickwhite
Hardwick White – @sharpe_russell

Here’s a traditional grey that Farrow & Ball explains was, “originally created to touch up the old limewash at Hardwick Hall and doesn’t look very white to most, unless contrasted with strong shades like Off-Black. Less blue than Lamp Room Gray and with an unsurpassed depth of colour, Hardwick White’s rich and chalky hue sits just as well in a contemporary room as it does in a historic house.”

Farrow and Ball Hardwick White No. 5 paint color.
FARROW & BALL Hardwick White No. 5…certainly neutral indeed.

Here’s the color on another style of door:

Beautiful Norfolk cottage with door painted Farrow & Ball Hardwick White - @roomswithaview. #hardwickwhite
@roomswithaviewHardwick White painted cottage door

The swatch image above may read brown, yes? Yet it doesn’t appear that way in plenty of contexts:

Beautiful kitchen with Cluny Lacanche white range and cabinets painted Farrow & Ball Hardwick White - #riverlanelife. #hardwickwhite
Hardwick White on kitchen cabinets – @riverlanelife
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Did You Know You Can Mix Your Favorites!

Sometimes you’re torn between two paint colors – maybe one is a little too warm, and the other not quite right. Sometimes the answer is simply mixing them and sampling the new custom color you created.

French country garden with bench and stone wall - Hello Lovely.
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In our former courtyard, I mixed 50% Cornforth White and 50% Hardwick White for a custom greyed-white that was perfect for cast-off furniture that had seen better days.

French country courtyard with stone walls, pea gravel, boxwood, lavender, wood furniture, and vintage touches. Come see the before and after of our project on Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #courtyard #gardeninspiration #renovation
Anne Lamott inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #annelamott #lifequotes #encouragementquotes #grace

How did I decide on this winning combo?

Exterior of our Nordic style cottage exterior with French Courtyard. Hello Lovely Studio.
Exterior of Nordic style cottage exterior with French Courtyard – Hello Lovely Studio.
Inspirational quote from Ann Voskamp on Hello Lovely Studio. #faithquote #inspirationalquotes #annvoskamp #christianity #encouragementquote

I looked to our home’s siding which is a gentle stone-like greyish white hue which falls somewhere between those two colors.

My French country courtyard with stone wall and serene furniture resting in pea gravel - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – bench painted a 50/50 combination of FARROW & BALL Cornforth White and Hardwick White…a winning combo indeed.

I liked it so much, we used that same formula for our garage doors.

Our French country inspired French courtyard is simple and easy to maintain with its pea gravel, painted distressed furniture, and boxwood plantings - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – bench painted a 50/50 combination of FARROW & BALL Cornforth White and Hardwick White…a winning combo indeed.
Hello Lovely Studio – bench painted a 50/50 combination of FARROW & BALL Cornforth White and Hardwick White…a winning combo indeed.
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-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Carole
    October 15, 2022 / 12:25 pm

    Beautiful post, Michele. Beautiful rooms, beautiful descriptions, beautiful quotes, beautiful music. Thank you! Now I need some ‘beautiful’ advice. I am interested in a soft grey. My home is over one hundred years old and has lovely original warm oak woodwork, that I don’t want to paint. What suggestions do you have for the walls?

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2022 / 7:41 pm

      Let me know if you’re after a cool grey or a warm one. SW Agreeable Gray is in our current bedroom (I’ll prob change it eventually), and it looks lovely with oak woodwork which I haven’t yet painted.

      • Carole
        October 16, 2022 / 1:01 pm

        Warm or cool? I’m not sure. With the rest of my decor, it could go either way. My goal is to highlight the beauty of the woodwork, not fight with it, and I’m not sure whether warm or cool will do that best.

        • Michele
          Author
          October 16, 2022 / 3:09 pm

          I would probably try a cool grey – I love the combination of it with warmth. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is one to sample. Let us know what you think.

          • Carole
            October 17, 2022 / 12:28 pm

            Thank you, Michele, I will.

          • Michele
            Author
            October 17, 2022 / 5:30 pm

            🙂

  2. Suzanne
    October 15, 2022 / 1:30 pm

    You made my day with the picture of that puppy in the bed. Hilarious, just like a person. Dogs are so cool! Hope you are doing well with your health.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2022 / 7:37 pm

      I loved it so much too! So sweet! It has been a better week, and one of my newer supplement additions (a prokinetic) is finally helping. Thanks so much for visiting and the support.

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