What Colour Goes With Elephants Breath by Farrow and Ball?

Farrow and Ball paints are as popular as ever. Their timeless colour palettes and distinctive finishes a unique ability to bring walls to life, creating effortlessly chic designs. 

If you have chosen Elephants breath by Farrow and Ball for your home, you may be wondering what colours you can use together to compliment it. Well I’ve got good news for you! Here you will find all of the colours that go perfectly with Elephant’s breath.

elephants breath

Image Credit: Farrow and Ball

What Colour Goes With Elephants Breath?

Elephants breath is a warm grey that works well in many areas of the home including bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. This warm neutral contains a hint of magenta, which works particularly well in south facing rooms, soaking up the sunlight and creating an uplifting yet calming vibe.

Let’s take a look at the best colours to use alongside Elephants breath…

Dark Colours That Go With Elephants Breath

A great way to create a modern look in your home is to contrast Elephants breath with a much darker colour. Let’s take a look…

Railings by Farrow and Ball

Railings and elephants breath

Image Credit: Hertfordshire Housebuild

Farrow and Ball’s Railings goes beautifully with Elephant’s breath, as you can see in this image by @hertfordshire_housebuild (via Instagram). They have chosen to paint their interior doors in Railings, which creates a striking look. This timeless colour palette has brought life and soul into their newbuild making it feel like a home. Check out their Instagram account for more gorgeous Farrow and Ball inspiration.

Hague BlueHague blue and elephants breath

Image Credit: Strawhill Kitchens

Hague blue and Elephant’s breath are a match made in heaven. This cool combo gives a classic calming look to this kitchen.

How to Find Colours That go With Elephants Breath

When I am trying to decide on a colour scheme, my first stop is always this free Colour Calculator tool. This is what we are going to be using today to find harmonious colour schemes for Elephants breath.

There are two types of colour wheel: 

  1. The ‘RYB’ or (Red, Yellow, Blue) color wheel. This is commonly used by artists and interior designers. It is used for combining paint colours.
  2. The ‘RGB’ (red, green, blue) color wheel. This colour wheel is designed for online use. This is because it refers to mixing ,light like on a TV or computer screen. Because we are referring to mixing paint colors, we are going to be using the RYB colour wheel.

Step 1: Choose Your Base Colour

In this case the base colour will be Elephant’s breath. You don’t need to guess where it is on the colour wheel; you can find the Hex codes for Farrow and Ball Colours here.

Step 2: Choose a Harmony

You can choose from:

  • Complementary – Opposite colours on the colour wheel
  • Monochromatic – Two shades of the same colour
  • Analogous – Three adjacent colours on the colour wheel
  • Split Complements –  A colour and the two adjacent tertiary colours of its complement
  • Triadic – Three evenly spaced colours on the colour wheel
  • Tetradic – Two complementary pairs

Step 3: It’s Time To Experiment

Now you know how to find different harmonies using the colour wheel, you can play around with different shades of your colours until you find the perfect hue that feels right for you. Remember, there’s no ‘right’ answer here, as everyone has different tastes, but as long as you stick with one of the harmonies you can be sure that your chosen colours will sit nicely together.

Which White Goes With Elephant’s breath?

Farrow and Ball recommend Strong white as the complementary white to go with Elephant’s breath. Strong white is a contemporary white with a subtle urban feel. It’s a great choice for both period homes and modern homes alike.

Whites: Strong White

Buy Strong White

Whites: All White

All White is a slightly cooler shade of white that looks really smart with Elephants breath. A great choice for large rooms. 

Shop All White

Complementary Colours That Look Great With Stiffkey Blue

Dark Blues: Pitch Blue, Stiffkey Blue, or Hague Blue

Pitch Blue, Stiffkey Blue, and Hague Blue, all complement Elephant’s breath beautifully.

Shop: Pitch Blue | Shop: Stiffkey Blue | Shop: Hague Blue

Analogous Colours That Go With Elephant’s Breath

Light Pinks: Middleton Pink or Calamine

Darker Pinks: Sulking Room Pink or Cinder Rose

Pinks go very well with deep navy blues. Calamine and Cinder Rose are two of my all-time favourites! Check out how to use Calamine and Cinder Rose in your home.

Shop: Middleton Pink

Shop: Calamine

Shop: Sulking Room Pink (see examples of Sulking Room Pink here)

Shop: Cinder Rose

Light Blues: Blue Ground or Cabbage White

Shop: Blue Ground

Shop: Cabbage White

Is Elephants Breath grey or beige?

It’s both! Farrow and Ball call is a warm grey. Some call it Greige, but personally, I would say it leans more towards beige because of its warmth. The way it looks will depend on the light in your room. Elephants breath’s cooler lilac tones come out in darker west-facing rooms.

Finding The Right Elephant’s Breath Colour Combination for You

Whether you are looking for another wall colour to go with Elephant’s Breath, or you are trying to choose the right colour art or accessories to go with Elephant’s Breath walls, hopefully, this has given you some ideas, and tools to try out colour combinations for yourself.

Before you buy paint, remember to order samples so you can try it out on your walls, and see how it works with the light and space of your room. Choosing colours is a very personal decision, so make sure you choose something that’s right for you.

You can get a free Farrow and Ball colour card here, so you can see all of the colours side by side without leaving your home.

If you need more design inspiration, check out my article on the best interior design books for beginners for ideas and inspiration!

And if you want to explore some other popular paint brands, have a read of The Best Paint Brands in The UK.

Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.

1 Comment

  1. Carla Caldwell
    October 31, 2022 / 11:27 am

    This is a great post, really insightful, thank you!

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