French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens

French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens is inspired by the dreamily timeless and tranquil interiors of a favorite Provence inspired French cottage. For me, there is something enchanting about quiet, natural, coastal colors reminiscent of driftwood, the sea, and hazy heavenly skies. While they are inspired by nature, they also have their own mystique. Weaving these sophisticated colors through the design tapestry of a European influenced home for a lovely family? Surely a peaceful backdrop for love, sweet love. The colors mixed here are chalkier and less precious than pastels. Another layer of unexpected loveliness within this stone cottage? The fact it resides nowhere near Provence or the South of France–suggesting we may perhaps capture a measure of its water-colored essence as well!

Magnificent Gustavian French stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens

Interior Design: Desiree Ashworth – Styling: Bonnie Broten – Photography: Eliesa Findeis & Decor de Provence

Exquisite Gustavian French Country stone cottage in Utah with inspiring interiors by Decor de Provence.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.

Why a Serene European Inspired color palette?

So many friends in blogland are posting GREEN and Irish everything this week, and I’m joining them with a whispered version. (I’m 33% Irish, but a higher percentage of French so this will be truer to my roots.) In a sense, any joining at all is evidence of progress for me as a blogger.

Magnificent Gustavian French dining room in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

*And here is where she begins to queerly confess and muse* Years ago, I was reticent to hop on any sort of bloggy bandwagon, preferring instead to go my own way, remaining mysteriously renegade on the fringes. Here’s the thing. I thought as an artist, I was required to diverge and bear the pain of separation. But writing is lonely enough, and I’m no masochist.

Magnificent Gustavian French stone dining room in cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.

More Musing…

In large part, whether it is the blogging journey, the anticancer journey, or any of life’s journeys–it isn’t wise to go it alone. Relationship heals. Holding hands helps. Love (and not striving), is the point. Thank goodness the evolution continues and currently finds me a card carrying, “I don’t know anything at all.” *if you have been traversing this journey with me lately, you’ll notice my card was upgraded from ‘I don’t know it all’ to knowing NOTHING at all…progress, folks! Woohoo!*

What a blessing to learn you’re not nearly as unique as once believed and to no longer cling so tightly to identity markers. (Studied the ancient enneagram at all?). Life is so much lovelier when we’re on the lookout for gates, open doors, and bridges, not walls.

Magnificent Gustavian French custom grey stained trim in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

And here’s where girlfriend somehow segues into paint colors…

It is as if in the first half of my life I saw the world in strictly primary colors–so many doctrines, certainties, achievements, beliefs, high thoughts, formulas, and rigid rules. But as God, suffering, education, striving, ego, pain, mystery, parenthood, marriage, illness, and the evolutionary journey had its way, my vision expanded and the filter transformed.

Lovely French country bedroom with blues and greens and magnificent bed by Oly Studio. Design by Decor de Provence.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

As life’s most perplexing questions bubble up and bring me to my knees, I now surrender and even love them like friends. More and more subtle nuanced hues emerge across the universe, and I can see the world beautiful. Even my fondness for the color white speaks of an evolution of spirit. To see white is to behold all wavelengths of light reflected off an object!

Magnificent Gustavian French stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.

Greens and Blues Are the Colors I Choose

There’s a special place in my heart for French greys, French blues, and French greens. I especially love those quieter, faded, subdued, complex colors you simply cannot dissect or adequately describe. Is it more grey than blue? Is it somewhere between a hazy sky and a kitten’s coat? Is it so hopelessly cashmere-y, it invites you to take a nap inside it? For me, they are the colors of dreams.

Magnificent Gustavian French kitchen in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

A Musical Muse to Set the Tone

And who can sing a cowboy lullaby summoning greens and blues like James? (If you never knew why this tune was written, you must view!)

Inspiring Gustavian French Cottage from Desiree of Decor de Provence

Lovely French country bedroom by Decor de Provence with furnishings from Alice Lane.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Desiree of Decor de Provence designed the interiors and with her husband and father dreamed the Gustavian French cottage into reality. I especially admire this Utah home as a work of art since it is also a work of heart.

Magnificent Gustavian French kitchen in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Richly yet humbly appointed with collected antiques, rustic elegance, and the coastal French greys, French blues, and French greens this ocean-loving homeowner loves, it is indeed for me, a lesson in muted majesty.

Magnificent Gustavian French kitchen in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.

French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys

While Desiree has noted on her site Decor de Provence that she favors colors from Flamant’s line of paint, I have also included a few other paint brand suggestions. You will want to try sample pots first since your unique lighting, geographic location, and keen eye will determine if the color works in your space.

Magnificent Gustavian French entry in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.
French country entry in a beautiful stone cottage by Desiree Ashworth of Decor de Provence.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Here’s a great example of how you cannot simply look at a paint swatch and make a quick decision about whether it is right for your space. Below you’ll see the swatch provided by Farrow & Ball, and then a light and bright room with this quiet warm grey color on the walls.

Beautiful Christmas decorated room with Farrow and Ball Dimpse painted walls.
Photo: Farrow & Ball. Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Dimpse 277

French & Belgian Paint Colors: Blues

Magnificent Gustavian French dining room in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greens

Magnificent Gustavian French kitchen in a stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Those Gorgeous Aqua Green Tiles…Getting the Look!

Coastal Green Field Tile Ideas

Magnificent Gustavian French stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
Magnificent Gustavian French kitchen in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence . Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Beyond White Paint for Trim

The trim in Desiree’s Gustavian French home is stained a custom a blue-grey-green, which is so unusual in American homes and lends such Swedish charm! The trim was also stained this color in her prior French home. I find it so much more interesting with the creamy walls.

Magnificent Gustavian French weathered green cabinet in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.

Resources for Decor & Furniture

As for sources for the beautiful furnishings and decor in her home, the majority of the pieces are collected, antique, and vintage (a favorite source is Brambles and Blossoms in Provo, UT). Desiree has disclosed that reclaimed light fixtures are at the top of her list of must-haves so you will have to hunt these European fixtures down! The bed and dining room chairs are Oly Studio (Alice Lane). Tile in the kitchen is from Ann Sacks.

Magnificent Gustavian French rustic antique lantern in stone cottage with rustic interiors, reclaimed wood ceilings, blue-grey, green, and collected European antiques. Designed by Desiree Ashworth. Find ideas for grey, blue, and green paint colors.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography.
French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Getting the Gustavian French Look!

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Cheery Green Vintage Style

Cavaillon Panel Bed
Cavailon Panel Bed…certainly lovely indeed.

French Nordic Work Table

Rustic Green Side Table

Philippine End Table With Storage
Rustic Green End Table With Storage…certainly lovely indeed.

French Style Console Table

Southwick Console Table
French Pastry Style Console Table…certainly lovely indeed.

French Blue Accent

French Perle Rectangular Melamine Platter
French Blue Melamine Platter…certainly lovely indeed.

White French Nordic Style Console

Lockeport Farmhouse Console Table
French Pastry Style Console Table…certainly lovely indeed.

French Green Farmhouse Chairs

Lison Dining Chair
Lison Dining Chair…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic Work Island With Wood Top

Raabe Kitchen Cart with Wood Top
Rustic Wood Mobile Work Island With Butcher Block Top…certainly lovely indeed.

Blue Green Casual Dinnerware

Rustic French Gustavian Lighting Ideas

Bevis 4-Light Lantern Pendant
Bevis 4-Light Pendant…certainly lovely indeed.
Senter 3-Light Metal Foyer Pendant
Senter 3-Light Metal Pendant…certainly lovely indeed.
Montigny 4 Light Foyer Pendant
Montigny 4-Light Foyer Pendant…certainly lovely indeed.
Weathers 3-Light Pendant
Weathers 3-Light Pendant…certainly lovely indeed.
Warden Donalt Crowned 3-Light Lantern Pendant
Distressed 3-Light Pendant…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic French Cottage Accents

Bell Pitcher, Natural/White
Farmhouse Pottery Bell Pitcher…certainly lovely indeed.
'Market' Textual Art on Wood
Rustic Market Textual Wood Sign…certainly lovely indeed.
Vanguilder Wall Hook
Rustic Vanguilder Wall Hooks…certainly lovely indeed.

French Linen Towels/Napkins

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Saint Linen Stonewashed Linen Towels…certainly lovely indeed

French Country Kitchen Accents

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Butter Dish…certainly lovely indeed.

Gustavian French Inspiration

Enchanting French country dining room and staircase in a Gustavian French cottage by Decor de Provence.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.
Swedish Wood Electric Candelabra
Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Winter Jewels Crown Decor
Dried Hydrangea Wreath
Blue Juliska Platter
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Lovely dining room in a French cottage by Decor de Provence.
Design: Decor de Provence. Photo: Eliesa Findeis of be photography. French & Belgian Paint Colors: Greys, Blues & Greens…certainly lovely indeed. Paint color ideas and French Gustavian decor as well as decorating ideas for European country and French farmhouse style.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Carole
    March 15, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    Michele, you are my island beach in the Pacific, my glen in the forest, my cave in the mountain, my nest in the meadow. Thank you for adding peace to my day.

    • michele
      Author
      March 15, 2019 / 9:42 pm

      Ahhhhh. It’s lovely with you here catching dreams. Thank you. xox

  2. holly
    March 16, 2019 / 10:22 am

    Such beautiful ideas and oh my – the celadon green tiles…. Crush Crush Crush! Any way to source the celadon tian bowl and pitcher in that kitchen? thanks!

    • michele
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 12:51 am

      The homeowner blogs at DecordeProvence so you could try leaving a comment there. 🙂

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