Monday, 12 June 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone Houses (Part 1: The Neutrals!)

I'm lucky enough to live in the heart of the Cotswolds, where, unsurprisingly, there are a gazillion beautiful houses built using beautiful Cotswold stone, just like this gorgeous house from the film The Holiday (and it turns out the house wasn't even real, just a film set, can you believe it?!).

The  Cotswold Stone Holiday house - try Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray
Try Farrow and Ball's Manor House Gray for a similar paint effect

Cotswold stone sings out so gorgeously and so eye-catchingly that many people find it difficult to know where to start....soooooo shall we take a look today at Part 1 of my very best neutral paint colours to paint Cotswold Stone houses to give that Modern Country feel to your front door?

.: Use Dulux Heritage Stone Green for this Cotswold Stone look. It's grey undertones will perfectly complement those galvanised  plnaters.
Use Dulux Heritage Stone Green for this look. It's grey undertones will perfectly complement those galvanised  plnaters.

I say *Part 1* because, broadly speaking, there are three different routes you can take when choosing paint colours for Cotswold stone houses. In this post, we'll look at good ways to choose a paint colour that doesn't compete, doesn't detract from those stunning honey tones but, ideally, enhances them. 

For this front door paint, try Dulux Dusted Moss 2... perfect with Cotswold Stone
I love this look! Try Dulux Dusted Moss 2...

 : For this front door paint, try Dulux Dusted Moss 2...perfect with Cotswold Stone

In fact, if you take a close look at Cotswold stone, you'll see that it's rarely one uniform colour but a gentle blend of greys, browns, creams and even bluey-greens...

Try Little Greene French Gray for this front door - a good cool grey with lots of depth: perfect with Cotswold Stone
Little Greene French Gray is a good cool grey with lots of depth

So, for your first step in choosing that perfect Modern Country neutral paint is to take a long hard look at the exact shades of your Cotswold stone house. We want colours that work perfectly with those shades. So, for example, if there's a lot of yellowness to your stone, as in the house below, pick a front door paint with yellow undertones, such as this warm, browny-green shade.

Try Dulux Lizard for this soft front door look with Cotswold Stone...don't forget the wisteria!
Try Dulux Lizard for this soft look...don't forget the wisteria!

Or, if there are cooler, greyer tones, then let your paint choice reflect those...

Farrow and Ball Pavillion Gray would be a good match to this front door: perfect with Cotswold Stone
Farrow and Ball Pavillion Gray would be a good match to this front door

In the main, you'll be looking at earthy colours that softly blend all the painted parts (at the very least, the front door, if not the windows, guttering and drainpipes too) with the Cotswold stone to create a gorgeous harmonious whole.

Farrow and Ball Light Gray paint would produce a very similar effect on your front door! Perfect with Cotswold Stone
Farrow and Ball Light Gray paint would produce a very similar effect on your front door!

And, lastly, don't forget to take into account the colour of the door surround, such as in this house below. Stone door architraves are very often a cleaner version of the Cotswold stone wall work, which makes them appear lighter. This may lead you to wanting to pick a front door colour that's a shade lighter, for example, in the image below, try Farrow and Ball Old White.

English Country Door with Cotswold Stone... try Farrow and Ball Old White

So, that was part 1!!
Part 2 coming your way....


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The Inspiration Highway said...

I love these colours, they#'re so perfect for country houses. Do you think it's a bit overkill to match it to garden gates and fencing?

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