Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone Houses (Part 3: Classic With A Twist)

Welcome to the final part of the very best paints for the front door of your Cotswold Stone house. This is a question I'm asked so often by clients because its an easy way to really oomph the curb appeal of your home. It's also pretty cost effective because it's only the front door and windows that need painting, rather than the whole house, as with many rendered properties. Cotswold Stone just keeps on getting better with age.

Cotswold houses

The last suggestion I want to make when choosing paint colours for Cotswold Stone front doors is to veer towards the traditional. If in doubt, choose classic....but with a twist.

So, while I'm certainly not knocking black, it can look gorgeous, though it's best if you have a house that has oodles of natural charm like the one below.....

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black front door

..., you might, for example, consider choosing Farrow and Ball Railings....

Classic Cotswold house Farrow and Ball Railings front door

...Fired Earth Mercury...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Fired Earth Mercury front door

...or Farrow and Ball Pelt, for a slightly smarter look...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Farrow and Ball Pelt front door

The same goes for classic white front doors. Yes, if the house has more than enough welly of its own, then plain white can be a good way to go...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house White front door

...but for those looking for a way to stand out from long lines of same old, same old, how about the softest pink?

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Pink front door Burford

...or the gentlest of greens....
{Marston and Langinger's Silver Lavender would be great for this Cotswold home....}

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

I'm currently so obsessed with this property that I feel it's only fair to give you three images here... It's called Soho Farmhouse and is part of a full-on luxe Country Club based in the Cotswolds.

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

Pure White on all doors and windows looks utterly anachronistic on period properties: they never had access to the technology that gives us the whitest of whites that we're used to today; going down a softer route will give you a more authentic feel...

Classic Cotswold Cottage Putty front door

Off-whites, putties and stones will all hit the mark...

Classic Cotswold Cottage Soft Grey front door

Classic Cotswold Cottage Burford Green front door

...or even a soft white like Fired Earth Dover Cliffs...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house front door

And for those of you looking to create the perfect Country idyll, classic cream should most certainly be on your list...
Little Greene Woodbine is lovely...

Classic Cotswold house Cream door

I hope that gives you plenty of ideas to dream about if you have a front door to paint and a Cotswold Stone house. Three distinct routes to travel if you: the neutrals, the green-grey-blues, and here the classics with a twist.

Which is your favourite?  


Images via The Burford Experience, unknown, unknown, Farrow and Ball, unknown, Money Week, unknown, Soho Farmhoue, Soho Farmhouse, Soho Farmhouse, Home Way, Character Cottages, Coates Mill Cottage, unknown, Helena Bernald

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

A completely perfect example of a Cotswold stone house that has been gorgeously restored by Neptune's Emma Sims-Hilditch is this:  The White Hart. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

I'm completely besotted by the way the soft honeyed tones of the Cotswold stone exterior harmonise so stunningly with the scheme chosen for the amazing interior. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Take a look and see what I mean...

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Parts of the building, which functions as a business centre, feel like a real home!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And could there be anything more inviting than the workroom?!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Emma Sims-Hilditch cleverly combines her interior design work with her strong input into the Neptune range so that both synthesise with the other.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

This is not only true for the stunning kitchen areas....

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

...but many of the accessories too. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And the paint! Who could forget their paint? Totally yummy shades. The cupboards below are in one of my favourites: Neptune Moss.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Rattan chairs outside complete the Modern Country garden look...the stone walls, the gentle blue-green-grey of the large door and windows, the Modern Country planting: a blend of formal structure and informal softness....bliss!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

The picture above is when the garden was first planted, which will always look a little on the bare side but, below, you can see the Modern Country garden softness in all its glory!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

G:O:R:G:E:O:U:S


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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone Houses (Part 2: The Greens)

Cotswold Stone sings out so gorgeously and so eye-catchingly that many people find it difficult to know where to start so we shall we take a peek today at Part 2 of my series on the very best paint colours to paint the front doors (and windows, and drain pipes...!) of Cotswold Stone homes to give that Modern Country feel to your front door.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Try Dulux Lizard
Dulux Lizard is the quintessential green paint for Cotswold Stone front doors

Last time we looked at gorgeous neutral paints but today let's look at that classic Modern Country combination: Cotswold stone and the perfect Cotswold green! Sometimes green, sometimes grey, sometimes blue...you know the style I mean, right?

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue
Try Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue for this combination

Now, this is where it gets slightly technical. If your front door gets lots of sun, the you have to bear in mind that sunshine will make any front door appear much paler than it does on the the colour chip.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Little Greene Slaked Lime
Little Greene Slaked Lime will help give the putty green tones of this front door

Plus the sun bleaches paint like nobody's business so, unless you want to be painting the front of your house every couple of years, you might like to consider a lighter, more muted colour, for WOW-factor longevity!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Eucalyptus
Paint and Paper Eucalyptus is a gooooorgeous grey green

Don't just be swayed by pretty pictures of perfect Cotswold stone houses. Try to find images of fornt doors that match the light levels of your own. A house that faces North, for example, will look very different to a home in full-on sun. The same hue will appear much bluer in the shade. 

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Blue Gray
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray will help create this look

North-facing front doors give their paint a much easier time of itwith very little sun leeching away colour, which means that your chosen paint colour will stay true for many more years. Hooray!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Castle Gray
Farrow and Ball Castle Gray is a strong contender or this deeper shade of sea green

On a shady front door, you may want to choose a paint colour that's a little darker, a little bolder but will still make the most fo your gorgeous Cotswold stone!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes
Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes is a keeper, And what a perfect name! 

The same rules also apply to many French stone houses, with their heavenly shutters and dreamy farmhouse architecture. Take a look at this stunner. ..

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Salvia
Salvia by Paint and Paper Library woul work a treat here...

Can you see the same honey tomes emerge from the stone, just like with Cotswold houses? Actually, what's going on here is that the sun bings out the orange tones of the stone and then those scrumptious chalky sea shades act as complementary colours, creating a very muted version of a thoroughly pleasing pairing.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Green Blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue will crate this warm aqua tone

The complimentary colours bring a visually exciting stimulus but by using very gentle, greyed tones, you can create a softness that is pure eye candy!


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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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