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If I get farrow and ball paint colour matched will it be the same?

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TessTosterone Mon 05-Mar-12 10:11:21

i am trying to find a colour for my living room. I love the f and b colours as compared to dulux but of course te paint costs a fortune. If I got do us to colour match would that be the same?

I seem to remember reading on here that their paint differs in terms of pigments or something in which case presumably only the real thing will do?

Autumnchill Tue 07-Jun-16 22:41:33

Another vote for Valspar. We got the F&B Drawing Room paint matched and it's spot on!

Flannelmcpoppety Tue 07-Jun-16 22:33:09

This seems to be a zombie thread resurrected by Painter Steve hmm. He obviously doesn't like F&B for some reason....

Fwiw, I recently had Dulux colour match a f&b paint ("borrowed light") and it was completely different - came out pale green instead of pale blue. Literally a completely different colour.

Flumplet Tue 07-Jun-16 22:27:27

Sorry yes ours was Valpar not velux lol!

Sheddie Tue 07-Jun-16 05:46:19

You need to get it matched on the Valspar machine at B&Q. It works differently to the Dulux machine because it creates an exact match rather than matching to the nearest colour in a range.
I matched several F&B colours for my house and they are all perfect.

citychick Tue 07-Jun-16 05:37:43

Our living room, hall way and stair walls are all painted a colour match to F&B Dayroom yellow. It probably doesn't have that magical depth of colour but we love it. Front door is painted using F&B. It's fab.

Depends on your budget, How fussy you are and if the house "needs" it.

We decided that our house, tho lovely, didn't quite warrant the expense.

Good luck!

Flumplet Mon 06-Jun-16 20:42:00

We just used two different velux paints from b&q, very reasonably priced and have the chalky soft consistency you describe from f&b paints.

PiecesOfCake Mon 06-Jun-16 20:40:23

Best analogy I have is that if you have some glitter glued to a page that's like the F&B paint, the Dulux copy is the equivalent to a good photocopy of that page. It will still look similar in essence but all the small reflections and twinkles that the real glitter gives off are lost.

I had Elephant's Breath colour-matched for a hallway in my old flat. It had none of the pinkish-purple undertones and just looked a boring old grey!

RenovatingHouseWithKids Mon 06-Jun-16 20:21:50

Thanks Paintersteve and Georgiesgirl!

Georgiesgirl Mon 30-May-16 07:42:03

A compromise when painting larger areas would be to do your first coat in a cheaper colour match and your top coat in F&B to get the chalky finish. I've done this often with great success.

Paintersteve Fri 27-May-16 17:32:21

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RenovatingHouseWithKids Fri 27-May-16 15:50:52

Paintersteve I'm hoping you might still be following this thread... Can you let us in on what the great brands that offer the same colours and finish but with the better longevity (and presumably) price are? Would love to have advice from someone with your experience.

Paintersteve Tue 26-Apr-16 14:53:33

I think the problem we have is that people aren't getting the paint matched by competent professional trade suppliers your chain d.I. y stores aren't going to cut it I'm afraid.

Paintersteve Tue 26-Apr-16 14:33:11

This is an argument as old as time. I've been a decorator for longer than I care to mention. We have worked all over Europe multimillion pound contracts and really high end work both modern and heritage. The honest truth is that F+B paint just isn't trade standard whats more it ruins most brushes and rollers. There are so many great brands that offer the same colours and finishes with a lot more durability and longevity. F+B has just become more a status thing among people with more cash than sense much like laura ashley years ago. Having said that its the customer who pays for it and the customer is king. If they chose to ignore the advise of professionals so be it.

sherrytrifle1 Fri 31-May-13 13:17:31

If you are having paint mixed to match a F & B colour, use a trade paint premises, as opposed to a DIY place (you know the ones), the equivalent brand of paint they use at a trade store will be better quality than the same one that goes on the mass production pallet for the DIY store, I have this information from a reliable source, and I have had at least four colours matched with F & B colours with a trade paint shop and they came out identical to the F & B sample pots. I tend to have mine mixed for furniture painting, as opposed to Emulsion for Walls (and that may be different, since it covers a larger flat area), but as I say, my colours came out great, and although it is a little more expensive than a DIY store, it's far less expensive than F & B!!

wendybird77 Thu 02-May-13 13:29:30

As stated, depends on the colour I think. I ordered my kitchen island in Print Room Yellow and I knew the second I saw it that it wasn't F&B - joiner confirmed it was Crown colour matched. The colour isn't 'deep' enough like the tester was. But, agree with others that if you can find a similar enough colour in a less expensive paint then that is great. There is no thrill in having really expensive paint unless you are colour obsessive like me

dufflefluffle Thu 02-May-13 11:20:23

My kitchen cabinets are an F&B paint colour copy - I painted my kitchen stools myself using a pot of actual F&B and I cannot tell the difference - in fact I have touched up the cabinets with the tin where paint has chipped (THERE's a lesson against painted kitchen cabinets)

Carlag73 Thu 02-May-13 11:17:29

Of course it will be the same, just like sticking a BMW badge on a Kia will magically transform the quality of the product

SundaeGirl Fri 13-Jul-12 22:07:17

No, it will not be the same.

NotAnotherNewNappy Fri 13-Jul-12 22:06:26

Bloody bloody m' net and your "colour matching" theories. I tried it, got Dulux to attempt to match F&B for my front door and the result is hideous. So now I am going to have to spend twice as much buying a second pot of paint AND I will have to paint the damn door myself now as I'm too embarrassed to tell the decorator hate my lurid, tacky cheap 'n' nasty front door angry

bunningtonrabbit Fri 13-Jul-12 10:11:14

This is my first post on mumsnet. I have recently managed to mix my own emulsion paint to match F&B by using 10 litre white, then getting a really dark/muddy 1 litre emulsion ( let you know the code if you wish) can from dulux mixing station, spooning in to get a good colour. Add cheap match pots to help to get the colour you desire and then lastly adding a match pot of the F&b paint you like to give that matt look. I have so far made up 30 litres of really cheap coloured paint from dulux white emulsion. You just have to make sure you make enough to cover the room and a little spare for touching marks later.

CheeseMeisterGeneral Thu 08-Mar-12 12:49:07

Before i started renovating my victorian house an interior designer friend told me to use nothing but F&B ... DP and I had our doubts but decided to try it in the lounge first (used cord) and absolutely saw what all the raving was about, we have now finished the whole house in F&B and wouldn't use anything else.

Yes its a bit more expensive, but we waited and saved a bit more to allow for the extra to get it right. Homebase sell F&B and its part of their 10% off promotion days - you can order colours and different sizes to stock and still get the 10% discount.

GobHoblin Wed 07-Mar-12 18:15:07

I use a dulux machine daily at work and have found that some F&B colours we can scan and match very well, others are nowhere near. (talking colour not 'finish' obviously! The nearest you will get is with a flat matt)
Look at for the new Valspar machines just coming into stores, apparently they match all F&B colours 100% but i've yet to have a play on one so may be wrong!

BettyPerske Tue 06-Mar-12 17:48:53

and Fwiw I would not pay full price for F&B unless I was absolutely rolling in it and had a house that suited it perfectly.

I think it's a big rip off even if the ingredients do cost a packet. And having it in some modern house in Chiswick is pretty silly. imo of course.

BettyPerske Tue 06-Mar-12 17:42:57

What I mean is, F&B is equivalent to the actual wood of a real wooden cupboard.

Dulux made to match is going to be like painting MDF to look like wood.

That's extreme and obv it's a subtle difference but that's the difference in finish I'm on about. If it makes sense.

BettyPerske Tue 06-Mar-12 17:40:41

No. Sorry, you can' ex is a decorator and so is my current partner (not sure how that happened but I digress)

F&B paint isn't just a colour, iyswim. It's made from weirdy materials that give it depth - a bit like if you painted a cupboard with 'brushwood', ie a basecoat then a topcoat to mimic natural wood, as opposed to having an actual wooden cupboard.

It's got layers, depth, it changes in the light.

So they could match an approximate colour, but not the same effect as you'd get with an actual F&B paint.

I know it sounds like crap but it's true - I was cynical till he explained it to me properly. I thought it was just money for old rope (isn't that one of their colours actually?) smile

So you'll get a similar shade but not the depth and beauty.
HTH a bit.

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