Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Colour Study: Farrow and Ball French Gray (Exterior Paint Shades)




Last time, we set out on a mission to understand how Farrow and Ball French Gray would work in your home...now let's turn our attention to your house exterior and garden. 


Farrow and Ball French Gray conservatory
Farrow and Ball French Gray conservatory

How does French Gray cope with exteriors?

{For more delicious and tempting information, see this list of Colour Studies...

The answer is that, for exterior paint shades, particularly ones such as French Gray, which have such a potential range, you have to be even more careful (sorry to be the bearer of bad news). 

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint
Farrow and Ball French Gray

The range of light possibilities varies even more on the average house exterior or garden.

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint bench
Farrow and Ball French Gray

That's to say, the gap between the shadiest spots of your garden, and where it receives full, unadulterated sunlight is vast compared to inside your home.

Garden Table in Farrow and Ball French Gray paint
Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint

Put Farrow and Ball French Gray in a sunny part of the garden, and it can seem washed out and pallid.....

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint
Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior

Farrow and Ball French Grey Chairs in garden
Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint

...though this effect can be lessened by painting large amounts of French Gray; for example, on a conservatory or orangery.

Look how the colour builds on these  conservatories painted with Farrow and Ball French Gray....

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint
Farrow and Ball French Gray

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint conservatory
Farrow and Ball French Gray
But in a shadier spot, you can suddenly imagine yourself cooling yourself off, under a parasol in France...

Door frame in Farrow & Ball's French Gray No.18 Belgian Style Exterior
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

Just as with interiors, on exteriors Farrow and Ball French Gray slips silkily between cream,

New front doors painted french gray farrow and ball
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

 ....grey, 

front door. Painted French gray farrow & ball.
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

Extra Large Garden Planter finished in Farrow & Ball French Gray.
Farrow and Ball French Gray

...and green.

The house trim is Farrow and Ball’s French Grey front door
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

A good rule of thumb for a Modern Country look,is to make sure that Farrow and Ball French Gray gets plenty of shade to look its best.

'French Grey' paint by Farrow and Ball has completely transformed this house.
Farrow and Ball French Gray

If you'd like to paint your front door in Farrow and Ball French Gray then take a look at these..but bare the same rule in mind...

French Gray does best in the shade....

A Dutch door painted in Farrow & Ball's French Gray leads to a sundial and the dog run. Christine Pittel, "Kitchen of the Month," House Beautiful (June 2007). This classic English look was designed by Michael S. Smith. It was his Los Angeles house until recently.
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

Nickel Heart Door Knocker and door in French Gray.
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door 

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint door
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door in sun

Farrow and Ball French grey front door, half glazed
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door in evening light

Farrow and Ball French Gray front door Cotswold stone
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door in shade

Farrow and Ball French Gray exterior paint front door
Farrow and Ball French Gray front door

Farrow and Ball French Grey exterior paint front door
Farrow and Ball French Gray

Am I any closer to deciding our front door colour? 
Wait and see.....!


Images via The Posh Shed Company, Abode Orangeries, gigbird, the paper mulberry, bibbity bob, oracle window solution, sitting spiritually, morton conservatories, morton conservatories, morton conservatories, morton conservatories, Farrow and Ball, Claire Aldus, west egg interiors, unknown, Young House Love, unknown, Susan Spindler Designs, Farrow and Ball, Modern Countrty Style, Stay In Wales, Farrow and Ball, Total Transformations, Border Oak

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5 comments :

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

You are so ... brilliant.

Fondly,
Glenda

Susan @ The Collected Cottage said...

These color comparasins are WONDERFUL! I am hard pressed to pick a favorite shade of Gray, Grey or Greige hee hee
Are all F&B paint colors so complex? I just love them.

Natasha In Oz said...

I adore that colour. Now I want to pint my front door! Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It was a Farrow and Ball research on the Internet that draw me to your blog years ago. The colour studies you do are brilliant and I know how much work there's behind these posts as it's sometimes difficult to find the perfect pictures. I had a hard time looking for some when I was looking for the perfect colour for my kitchen walls.

Belet'sInc Painting&Maintenance said...

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