These ideas for Country French and French farmhouse interior paint colors are inspired by those chosen by Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot (my favorite source for French homewares). She chose Farrow & Ball colors for her farmhouse near Bordeaux which will soon become home to a new family. (Charlotte and family are renovating their new property in Provence.) What is especially helpful about knowing the names of these colors is to note how they work harmoniously. If you’re seeking a color palette to capture a romantic country French inspired look, try samples of these suggestions!
Photos courtesy of Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot
French Farmhouse Interior Paint Color Ideas
Paint Colors in This French Kitchen
This is what the home’s putty colored kitchen cabinets looked like originally. They were later painted green.
Here’s the exact paint color, and if this European color is unavailable to you in the US, I can offer some comparable color ideas.
Here’s a detailed look at the color on the cabinets:
And here’s a look at how the putty or stone-colored hue works with the red terracotta hex tiles:
Here’s a similar color, and try to not to judge the swatch as it looks here or even under the fluorescents in a big box store. Rather, sample it to see it in your own space.
Here’s another possibility that I have used personally. It is a very earthy, natural, limestone like hue that works well with natural linen.
Interior Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Strong White
If you’re after a greyed-white or white with gray undertones, here’s a color that may work for you.
Strong White has cool undertones but doesn’t feel chilly:
In a bedroom with F&B French Gray…
You can see how well the green undertones of Strong White and French Gray work with the warm, coppery-toned tile in the bath:
as well as the warm hardwood in the living room:
Strong White in the kitchen with its natural light feels creamy and neutral:
Here it is up close:
Paint color for Trim & Beams: FARROW & BALL French Gray
For a soothing color that is a bit unexpected for beams which are often stained or painted white…
French Gray looks sophisticated and provides contrast with white walls.
The gray paint color is also on trim and doors like this one in the bath:
Here’s a more detailed look at the painted ceiling beams:
Paint Color for Girls’ Bathroom: FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink
For a romantic, feminine, sweet color for a bath:
If you are more of a fan of neutral colors, pink may not be on your radar.
However, a powder room or bathroom is a great place to take a risk with a color to which you’re drawn.
It’s only paint after all!
More Color Inspiration With Touches of Pink
Charlotte often uses pink in subtle ways at the farmhouse. Here we see a muted blush pink check in the kitchen:
Bright pink blooming outside a window feels so happy and beautiful!
A few more moments with touches of pink…
prove that it is a color that can look right at home without being too sweet or precious.
French Inspired Exterior Paint Color Ideas
Charlotte shared that the color of the shutters are a popular color for French homes known as Tollens Vert Olivier.
Here’s the exact color:
It’s such a gorgeous olive green!
These French green paint colors may be a bit easier to find:
It’s such a gentle, soft green, yes?
Here’s another green quite similar to Tollens Vert Olivier:
And here’s how the color looks in the sunlight:
How ’bout those climbing vines!
More Inspiration for French Inspired Color Combinations
Sky blue with white along with an lavender accent:
How the colors work together in the French countryside:
Navy and white with pops of lavender, wheat and red:
Purples and greens:
Green and copper:
Paint on Ceilings: FARROW & BALL All White
Easiest way to see if a color is right? Order samples with Samplize and have them delivered straight to your door.
Shopping & Resource Guide
Check Tea Towel; Artisan Light: Vivi et Margot; Kitchen design: Neptune Kitchens. Kitchen cabinet color: Limestone; Wall paint color: FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001. Antique reclaimed terracotta tile floor; Table: Neptune; Chairs: Maisons du Monde (France).
Find a lovely farmhouse table RIGHT HERE as well as similar wood chairs RIGHT HERE. For a lovely apron farm sink option GO HERE; Kitchen faucet: Cuissimo. Find similar…RIGHT HERE.
Shutters: Custom-made and new, made locally.
Patio Furniture: Maisons du Monde (France) – Find similar rattan dining chairs RIGHT HERE.
French Farmhouse Bathrooms
Towels, Soaps, Accessories: Vivi et Margot
Clawfoot bathtubs and faucets: Hudson Reed…find more LOVELY TUB OPTIONS RIGHT HERE.
All Drapery: Pottery Barn (Beligan Flax Linen drapes)
French Farmhouse Master Bedroom
Bed: Maisons du Monde
Chandelier: Maisons du Monde
Cremone Bolt on Door: Signature Hardware
Skylight: Velux…Find Here
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