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Farrow & Ball Pavilion Grey substitute?

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Cambionome Fri 09-Feb-18 17:30:34

I absolutely love Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Grey estate emulsion and really want to use it in my small (but light) spare room, but just struggling with the cost at the moment.

Does anyone know of another cheaper paint that's (very) similar in colour?

LunaFortuna Fri 09-Feb-18 17:33:03

If you have a Johnstones near you they will match the F and B colour for you.

Cambionome Fri 09-Feb-18 17:48:29

Thanks for your reply, Luna. Just wondering Johnston's paint has a nice chalky finish like F&B, or if it's "flatter"?

(Being very fussy - sorry!)

giardiniera Fri 09-Feb-18 18:12:59

Dulux match is also very good.
It is not quite so chalky but it's barely discernible. I've been really pleased with colour matching and it will save you on decorating costs as well.

LunaFortuna Fri 09-Feb-18 18:48:26

Hmmm - got the real thing downstairs and the Johnstones version upstairs and I'd be struggling to spot the difference, I'm happy with the finish.

Was really pleased with the colour match too.

blueskyinmarch Fri 09-Feb-18 19:18:10

I have F&B colours in my house. My decorator gets it mixed at Johnstone's and I really can't tell the difference between that and the ones which were actual F&B.

Cambionome Fri 09-Feb-18 20:26:26

Ok, that's very interesting - thanks.
Do you just take a colour chart in to get the colour matched or is it better to take an actual paint sample?

LunaFortuna Sat 10-Feb-18 10:50:59

I think they have a list of the colours there, maybe take the colour chart if you have one just in case though.

WeeM Sat 10-Feb-18 10:53:02

I’ve heard the wilko fancy range is copy of farrow and ball. Not as many colours to choose from though.

WeeM Sat 10-Feb-18 10:55:49

You can buy the testers in store but need to order the big pots online:
www.wilko.com/wall+ceiling-paint/wilko-flat-matt-emulsion-paint-tester-pot-stoney-grey-125ml/invt/0428703

lemonsquisher Sat 10-Feb-18 11:01:05

Had this discussion at work a while ago- more than a few colleagues swear by buying the F&B tester, painting a swatch onto some paper and taking it to the B&Q paint match counter thingy grin

However, if you’re having a decorator do the painting for you, a lot of the time they’re only happy to do trade paint/the real F&B deal and won’t touch the knock off!

Bluesheep8 Sat 10-Feb-18 11:53:29

Another vote for copying the colour. We've got f and b copies throughout our house and I'm really happy with them. Decision to have copies was based on a combination of cost and decorator's preference as he didn't happen to like working with f and b for some reason.

Cambionome Sat 10-Feb-18 13:22:55

Thanks very much for all the replies - definitely going to give copying the colour a go.

I'll post a pic when I'm done!

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