Elephant’s Breath is one of the most popular contemporary grey’s in the Farrow & Ball paint collection. This warm mid grey is an inviting alternative to a bright white or magnolia shade in an interior.
If you’re looking for the perfect pairings in your interior, this Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath Colour Scheme explores all of the best combinations and what colours go well with Elephant’s Breath for a cohesive, and well styled interior.
Elephant’s Breath Colour Scheme – What Colours Go With Elephant’s Breath?
Elephant’s Breath has beige and grey undertones, and pairing with similar tonal and neutral combinations creates a beautiful and soft colour scheme.
If you’re looking to use Elephant’s Breath on the walls, F&B suggest using All 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 Elephant’s Breath 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 Elephant’s Breath you should always work to introduce a darker shade into your colour scheme.
Using a darker accent colour like F&B London Clay or Charleston Gray 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 Elephant’s Breath Colour Schemes, but incorporating some warmer shades into the mix can create an inviting and welcoming space.
Introduce a daring, wild card shade such as Bamboozle for a touch of rouge. Then ground the room with Wine Dark, a beautiful inky blue that will add definition to a room.
Elephant’s Breath & Cream
Warm greys like Elephant’s Breath tend to pair well with warm, creamy whites that have a similar undertone. For example, a cream with a yellow or beige undertone could complement Elephant’s Breath nicely.
If you’re adding half wall paneling to a bedroom or living room, use Elephant’s Breath on the bottom half to ground the space, lightening and elevating the room with cream on the upper half.
Elephant’s Breath & 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 Elephant’s Breath for a touch of modernity. A few simple details like a cabinet, light fitting 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 – green, brown and brass details are great choices.
Elephant’s Breath & Wooden Tones
Wooden tones continue to grow in popularity through interiors, they give a nod to the natural world outside and an earthy, rustic feel that pairs beautifully with a shade like Elephant’s Breath.
Use one key wooden piece of furniture to work out from, and don’t forget some well placed black accents to pull the room together.
Elephant’s Breath & Grey
Elephant’s Breath 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 such as on a bed frame, and do layer with differing shades of grey for further visual interest. This creates a really neutral, yet warm and exciting interior. Think about texture too, differing materials in grey will create that warm, cosy and interesting feel.
Elephant’s Breath & Green
Be it forest green for some added definition or a soft touch of sage green, green makes for a perfect pairing with this warm grey, creating a really earthy, neutral interior.
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.
Elephant’s Breath & Bright White
Crisp white half wall panelling like this creates a fresh, modern look when paired with Elephant’s Breath on the upper half. This creates a timeless look that works well in any room.
With this warm grey a continuation after the panelling, it helps to draw the eye up as you enter the room too. Add some touches of green or black for a subtle defining accent in the room. I just love this laid back yet ultra stylish use of colours in this bedroom.
Elephant’s Breath is one of the most flawless base colours to work with in an interior, it gives a beautiful soft and creamy finish and can be paired with both neutral and bold, statement making shades with ease.
Be it a traditional or modern interior, this mid grey paint colour is a firm favourite!
Before You Go…
Still looking for the perfect F&B warm neutral for your interior? A close contender is Skimming Stone, another warm neutral with both grey and beige undertones. Take a look at the below post for some inspiration on how it could look in your interior…