Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre Paint Color Review

A can of paint full of Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre paint

Learn all about Vert de Terre by Farrow & Ball in this paint color review. 

I recently started a series of Farrow & Ball paint color reviews, and this week I want to talk about Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre, No. 234.

Much like all the other Farrow & Ball colors we’ve reviewed and used in our clients’ homes, Vert de Terre offers so much depth and richness to a room. It works really well with both cool and warm finishes, and can actually help bring both finishes together in a room to create a cohesive look.

Farrow & Ball describes Vert de Terre as a delicate aged green, writing:

This fresh and incredibly soft green is reminiscent of the pigment green earth. With its blue undertone it creates the softest of atmospheres.” 

The calming qualities of Vert de Terre by Farrow & Ball make it a beautiful option for almost any room in the house, including bedrooms, bathrooms and even the kitchen.

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre paint color swatch
Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre

What is the LRV of Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre?

The LRV (that’s light reflective value) of Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre is approximately 49. Farrow & Ball doesn’t actually give LRVs for their paint colors, but I estimated the LRV with color comparisons and other information on the internet.

This color is fairly muted, but still feels richer than the LRV shows. This is true of many Farrow & Ball paint colors, and probably one of the reasons this company doesn’t give LRV values to their paints. LRV simply doesn’t do justice to the depth and richness of the color on the walls.

What undertones does Vert de Terre have?

Vert de Terre has blue undertones that add depth to this beautiful green paint color.

Is Vert de Terre paint warm or cool?

Vert de Terre is a pretty muted, neutral green color. While its green base adds warmth to the color, its blue undertones make it cooler than some other Farrow & Ball greens (like Cromarty and Teresa’s Green).

Is Vert de Terre darker than Cooking Apple Green?

Yes, it is just a bit darker and cooler than Farrow & Ball’s popular Cooking Apple Green. Vert de Terre is also a more muted color, making it the more versatile option of the two.

A bathroom wall painted with Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre paint
Photo by M. Marceny

When should I use Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre?

Can I use Vert de Terre as an Interior Trim Color?

While this muted green is certainly not a traditional trim color, you could absolutely use this color for both walls and trim to wrap a room in a calming, earthy hue. It’s also a great accent color. This color would also look beautiful with a slightly darker green paint as a trim color, like Farrow & Ball’s Lichen.

Can I use Vert de Terre for cabinets?

There are so many options for a Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre kitchen! This color looks gorgeous on kitchen walls and can pair well with both warmer white or crisp white cabinets.

Vert de Terre kitchen cabinets are another beautiful option for homeowners who want a less traditional cabinet color that is still neutral and classic. Paint your lower cabinets with Vert de Terre and keep your upper cabinets white, or use this color on all of your cabinets.

Can I use Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre for exteriors?

This color would look really lovely outdoors! While Farrow & Ball paint colors tend to be cost prohibitive to use as a full house exterior paint, I love the idea of a Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre front door. 

The outdoor light would really bring out the blue undertones of this color, and it would pair well with a wide variety of whole home exterior colors.

Is Vert de Terre a good bedroom color?

It absolutely is! I always reach for calming colors for a bedroom space, and Vert de Terre’s green color with blue undertones is a great option. The color looks bright on the walls during the day and creates a darker, moody space perfect for sleep at night.

The color is muted enough to use for an entire Vert de Terre bedroom but could also work well for an accent wall.

A modern white and gray tile shower stands next to a wall painted with Vert de Terre
Photo by M. Marceny

Is Vert de Terre a good bathroom color?

Yes, it is! I first saw Vert de Terre in person in my client’s bathroom and immediately fell in love. 

It’s a super earthy green that pairs really beautifully with the crisp whites and grays that are so common in modern bathrooms. The warmth of its green hue also allows it to work well with warmer colors. 

In my client’s bathroom, for example, it acts as a beautiful bridge between their gray Carrara marble tile floors and the mixed metals of their bathroom fixtures. It’s a really calming color and helps make this bathroom feel peaceful and relaxing.

Is Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre a good whole house color?

I would not use Vert de Terre as a whole house paint color because it’s a bit too saturated. While the color is muted, it is still a strong green color and not a true neutral. 

But Vert de Terre can work really well as an accent color in a whole house color palette. It’s perfect for a smaller space like a bathroom, bedroom or office or to be used for built-in cabinets.

What colors go with Vert de Terre?

One of the best things about Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre is how versatile this color is. It pairs just as well with grays and crisp whites as it does with warmer colors.

My client’s bathroom is the perfect example of this. The green walls pair beautifully with the wood ceilings in this home and with the white and gray tile in the shower. It also works really well with warm blush tones that are part of this client’s overall color palette in their home.

Vert de Terre paint color on the walls of a bathroom
Photo by M. Marceny

What are the Best Trim and Ceiling Colors For Vert de Terre? 

Farrow & Ball recommends using a warm off-white as a Vert de Terre trim color. Some examples include Pointing, a warm, creamy white with soft red undertones, All White or Wimborne White.

This color would also work well with a clean white trim paint, such as Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.

What is the easiest way to sample Vert de Terre?

You should always sample and test your paint colors – no matter how sure you are that you’ve chosen the right shade. The easiest way to sample Vert de Terre (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color. With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

What Are the Best Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre Alternatives?

It’s hard to find Farrow & Ball alternatives. Their paints simply have so much depth and richness, it’s almost impossible to duplicate the way they look on the wall. But these colors are about as close to a Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre color match as you can get.

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre vs Cooking Apple Green by Farrow & Ball

Vert de Terre and Cooking Apple Green are similar, but Vert de Terre is a much more muted green and is also cooler than Cooking Apple Green. If you’re looking for a bright, bold green hue, Cooking Apple Green is a good option.

Vert de Terre vs Cooking Apple Green color swatches

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre vs Ball Green by Farrow & Ball

These two colors are very similar, but Ball Green is a little bit darker and a little bit warmer than Vert de Terre. Ball Green also has strong gray undertones, making it appear more like a neutral than a strong green in some lighting.

Vert de Terre vs Ball Green

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre vs Mizzle by Farrow & Ball

Mizzle is probably the closest Vert de Terre alternative of the Farrow & Ball colors. Mizzle is a little bit lighter than Vert de Terre and is more of a gray-green.

Vert de Terre vs Mizzle paint swatches

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre vs October Mist by Benjamin Moore

October Mist (which happened to be Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year) is nearly identical to Vert de Terre. It is a tiny bit lighter and a little bit cooler than Vert de Terre but would be a really good alternative if you can’t use Farrow & Ball paint.

Vert de Terre vs October Mist color swatches

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre vs Softened Green by Sherwin-Williams

Softened Green is another great Vert de Terre dupe with the same LRV as Vert de Terre’s estimated LRV. Softened Green is a very warm green with a touch of gray and yellow undertones.

Vert de Terre vs Softened Green by Sherwin Williams

What Is the Best Vert de Terre Color Match?

Benjamin Moore October Mist and Sherwin-Williams Softened Green are probably the closest Vert de Terre alternatives out there. But it’s important to never use paint matches from another brand if what you really want is Vert de Terre. 

Even if your painter is confident it can be done, beware. Color match results are always poor.

See some examples of paint matching results here.

The Verdict

Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre is a beautiful, muted green perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms and even kitchens. It has a good mix of warm green and cool blue undertones, which makes it a really versatile color that can work well with both warm and cool finishes in your home.

No matter how you plan to use Vert de Terre paint, don’t forget to test your paint colors. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE

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Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre paint on bathroom walls

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