Skimming Stone is one of Farrow and Ball’s most popular contemporary neutrals, it’s versatile and the perfect trade off for a bright white that’s warm and comforting.
If you’re looking for the perfect pairings in your interior, this post explores all of the best combinations and what colours go with Skimming Stone for a cohesive and well styled interior.
Is Skimming Stone Grey or Beige?
Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone is a warm grey colour with subtle beige undertones.
It is often described as a soft, calming colour that works well in both modern and traditional interiors. Because of its undertones, Skimming Stone can be considered as a greyish-beige colour.
The colour can also look and feel different depending on the lighting and where the room faces, so always purchase a tester pot beforehand.
Skimming Stone Colour Scheme – What Colours Go With Skimming Stone?
Skimming Stone has beige and grey undertones, and pairing with similar tonal and neutral combinations creates a beautiful and soft Skimming Stone colour scheme.
If you’re looking to use Skimming Stone on the walls, F&B suggest using Wimborne White on areas such as skirting boards and architraves, and Strong White as an accent colour.
Through my design experience, I personally prefer to carry through the wall colour you use on the skirtings too, especially in small spaces as it instantly draws the eye up.
If you start using different colours on the skirtings to what you do on the walls it can cause instant chaos as you’re trying to take in the different colours as you enter a room.
I think choosing one colour also helps with cohesion and flow in the room, so if you’re using Skimming Stone on the walls, I’d use it on the skirtings and architraves too.
Defining Accent Combination
When you’re using a neutral in an interior like Skimming Stone you should always work to introduce a darker shade into your colour scheme.
Using a darker accent colour like F&B London Clay will add a defining colour to the room which will help to frame and ground the space.
If you’re looking to achieve this with paint, there’s plenty of other ways this can be achieved with different paint colours, Railings is a popular choice or you could opt for a standard matte black paint.
Warm, Colourful Combinations
Neutral combinations are one of the most popular Skimming Stone Colour Schemes, but incorporating some warmer shades into the mix can create an inviting and welcoming space.
Sulking Room Pink is a classic shade that brings a bit more definition than a dusty pink, and it works in a range of different settings.
If you want to play on the grey undertones of Skimming Stone, Selvedge is a great choice which has a denim, blue, grey look to it depending on the light in the room.
Skimming Stone & Black
If you want to create a transitional interior, a black accent will go a long way in pulling an interior together and bringing that all important defining detail to a room.
It contrasts beautifully with Skimming Stone for a touch of modernity. A few simple details like a lamp, radiator or door hardware is all you need.
You’ll then want to incorporate another colour into the equation for some depth and colour in the space.
Skimming Stone & Bright White
Crisp white half wall panelling like this creates a fresh, modern look when paired with Skimming Stone on the upper half. This creates a timeless look that works well in any room.
With Skimming Stone a continuation after the panelling, it helps to draw the eye up as you enter the room too.
Add a black accent in a few well placed areas for a defining looks, such as on photo frames, side tables and interior hardware accessories like sockets and switches.
Skimming Stone & Terracotta
Bright, bold accent colours, such as spicy terracotta create a powerful pop of colour when paired with Skimming Stone. This works particularly well in smaller spaces and in a few well placed areas.
As demonstrated here, a pop of this colour on some scatter cushions on a sofa is a simple, yet effective way to introduce a contrast with Skimming Stone.
You can then update your accent colour if you so wish as the seasons change.
Skimming Stone & Green
Be it forest green for some added definition or a soft touch of sage green, green makes for a perfect pairing of Skimming Stone, creating a really earthy, neutral interior. Try Green Smoke for a similar look to the bedroom shown below.
Use green as an accent colour within the space with furnishings, textiles such as cushions and throws or decorative accessories.
If you don’t want to go all in, a really simple way to introduce green is with fake or real plants.
Skimming Stone & Grey
Skimming Stone is naturally a warm grey/beige with grey undertones so layering with other shades of grey within an interior will build depth and texture.
Opt for a darker grey for a defining edge, and do layer with differing shades of grey for further visual interest. This creates a really neutral, yet warm and exciting interior, a perfect example of how you can still have a grey, warm and cosy living room when using Skimming Stone.
What Is the Dupe of Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone?
Dulux Egyptian Cotton is a perfect close match dupe to Skimming Stone, it carries the same modern warm neutral tone delivering an elegant, sophisticated feel to a space.
As you can see, it’s a near perfect match. Always grab a tester pot before committing as the shades can look different in different lights.
Looking for some other alternatives for Farrow and Ball shades? Take a look at our entire post on Dulux alternatives for Farrow and Ball paint shades.
In summary, here are some of the best colours to use with Skimming Stone;
- Creams & whites
- Dark green – sage green
- Navy Blue
- Mustard yellow
Whether you choose a neutral Skimming Stone colour scheme or opt for something a little bit bolder and warmer, this versatile colour is a real winner in an interior, a perfect balancing colour that’s a perfect replacement for magnolia and bright white, yet it comes into its own when paired with other colours.