Paint Color Inspiration from a Charming Country French New Build

We peeked at this beautiful new build home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design last spring, and this inspiring home is breathtaking at Christmas time! Paint Color Inspiration from a Charming Country French New Build spotlights a home with exquisite traditional architecture (those eyebrow dormers!) and lightened up interiors. The paint color story inside and out is perfectly understated, underbaked, and unfussy, and I’ll offer suggestions to get the look.

Heartwarming Christmas house exterior with French country architecture and wreaths in windows - @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios. #frenchcountrychristmas
Country French New Build in Canada – @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios

Canadian Country French New Build: Inspiring Paint Color Ideas

Project: Maison de Lee (in Victoria’s South Oak Bay neighborhood); Builder: M. Knight Construction; Home Design: Zebra Group; Interiors: Jenny Martin Design

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Oh this home! It is known as Maison de Lee and won seven awards including Project of the Year.

“Aiming to incorporate traditional elements with an aged vintage quality, this project integrates detailed mouldings, rustic white-oak beams and soft arches, pairing them with unlacquered brass and natural marble specifically selected to age gracefully over time. The aesthetic was elevated with a restrained palette of natural tones.” – Jenny Martin

Classic White Paint Colors for a Country French Kitchen

For a similar look, turn to Benjamin Moore White Dove. (Not to be confused with Dove Wing or Dove White.) When you’re after a soft white that feels traditional and won’t change throughout the day, this color is a tried and true favorite.

Heartwarming Christmas decor in a French country kitchen - @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios. #frenchcountrychristmas
Country French New Build in Canada – @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios
Benjamin Moore White Dove OC10 paint color swatch. #bestwhitepaintcolors #whitedovepaint

Need encouragement to use white subway tile in a classic or country kitchen despite it being a common choice for backsplashes and accent walls? There’s a good reason it is chosen so often…good classic looks, vintage in feel, neutral, calming, and works with an eclectic range of design

Heartwarming Christmas decor in a French country kitchen - @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios. #frenchcountrychristmas
@jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios

Isn’t the wall of windows dressed with beribboned wreaths above a stunning feature? While I love real greenery, I don’t like the accompanying mess so realistic, high quality examples that will look good for years and years to come are smart choices:

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Should you paint the trim and cabinets BM White Dove as well?

You can definitely paint the cabinets the same color as walls (it will have a different finish such as enamel, urethane, or semi-gloss), but the color on the trim and doors should be the white color used in other areas of the home.

Lacanche range in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

If all the trim and doors in your home will be White Dove, then yes.

Kitchen with gold hardware in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign
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White Shaker style cabinets with brass pulls are a traditional yet fresh choice and will still be relevant years from now. And isn’t the rustic wood island stunning with magnificent contrast to the counter stools?

Pantry in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #pantrydesign #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

Kitchen Design Tip: If at all possible, choose your countertop material and backsplash tile before choosing paint colors – it’s far easier to find colors that work harmoniously with them than if you choose paint colors first.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray actually reads like a white since it is the lightest, quietest of light greys to add atmosphere but not drama to your walls.
BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray

What Other White Paint Colors are Similar Options for Kitchen Cabinets?

There are plenty of off white paint colors beyond White Dove to consider for kitchen cabinets, but if you’re after a look like this French inspired kitchen, stick to cooler greyed-whites rather than colors with brown or yellow undertones.

Arched door in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

F&B Blackened No. 2011, Valspar Swiss Coffee 7005-16, or Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (yes, plenty of whites don’t have “white” in the name!) are beautiful contenders.

Bringing in warm wood tones and metal hardware keep the look cozy and inviting rather than sterile.

Wood open shelves in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #openshelves #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

I’m reminded I need a watering can in my life like the one above!

Country French New Build Paint Colors: White Exterior + Light Grey Accents

Even when a photo of a house exterior appears bright white, choosing the right paint color to emulate it for your own project can be daunting. That’s because white paint comes in a variety of shades with varying undertones and qualities that interact with sunlight and even a home’s geographical region.

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign
French country design ideas as well as a house tour with design by Jenny Martin.

Your best bet is to sample many whites before deciding.

For a similar white to this beautiful home, try a sample of Farrow & Ball All White No 2005, Strong White, or Wevet No. 273. Wevet is delicate with a hint of grey.

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Patio at beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

For a low contrast light grey paint color for shutters or trim, try a sample of Farrow & Ball Ammonite No. 274 or Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter paint color. #benjaminmoorereverepewter #bmreverepewter
BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter
Heartwarming Christmas house exterior with French country architecture and wreaths in windows - @jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios. #frenchcountrychristmas
@jennymartindesign for @lee_kristine. Photo: @platinumhdstudios

For a bit more contrast with the white siding or brick, take a peek at Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray No. 242. This is a timeless, elegant, stunning grey with blue undertones that has a soft, Scandinavian feel.

Exterior of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #houseexteriors #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

Bear in mind you can use it at a reduced saturation for a completely custom look that suits your home. (I used it at 66% for my kitchen cabinets and adore the color.)

Exterior facade of beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #houseexteriors

More Traditional Design Details to Inspire

Deep Open Shelving

I am still deciding whether to add shelves to our nearly finished kitchen. On the one hand, I like the idea of having them for seasonal decor. But I really don’t want to spend time dusting, and I have plenty of storage for dishes and everyday essentials.

White kitchen in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

If we were to add shelves, I appreciate the heft of these shelves to hold books, serving pieces, and everyday items that aren’t just filler.

Breakfast dining in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign
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Modern Vintage Style Created With Bright White, Neutrals & Oak

Light and medium stained hardwoods with white feels fresh yet nostalgic. While black and white soared in popularity over the last ten years, there’s something more traditional and country about incorporating wood tones instead.

Island with counter stools in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrykitchen #interiordesign

Do you like the absence of black in the kitchen? I didn’t paint our windows black or incorporate much contrast in our last kitchen either:

In contrast, modern farmhouse kitchens tend to have moments of high contrast with black and white. In this home, we do spy black on the door to the mudroom…

Tongue and Groove, Cubbies & Ladder in Mudroom

What dreamy storage space to keep a family organized!

Mud room with built-ins in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #mudroom #interiordesign

Isn’t the ladder incredible?

Surprisingly Casual Comfort in a Music Room

Cozy, smallish sitting rooms seem to be disappearing from many new builds, but they have their charms. No formality here in this music room!

Violins on wall in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

My own living room in the new house is small, and I choose to call it a sitting room. Instead of fancy chairs or fussy anything, it has laid back, California cool MCM influences like this home’s music room (above) and living room (below).

Neutral living room in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #livingrooms

My own sitting room also features an accent window (don’t you love an oval!?!) which lightens the mood and keeps the room from feeling like a square box.

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Gentle Grandeur in the Foyer

What a serene entrance with natural woven accents, quiet color, and applied moldings.

Staircase in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #interiordesign

If you’re seeking white paint colors to sample to approach the look of this space, peek at Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, Sherwin-Williams Alabaster, and 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.

Luxuriously Elegant Custom Closet With Island

Is this the best part about a traditional style new build? When you’re building you can create the closet of your dreams!

Custom closet in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountryhome #customclosets

No new build for you? Sometimes you can carve out a closet if you renovate, and turning a small bedroom here at home into a closet/office/guest bedroom was a relatively easy tweak. Certainly not luxurious or as room as this beauty above, but see my closet upgrade here.

Calm Bathroom Design Country French Home

The first thing that caught my attention about this bath is the lofty feel from high ceilings and all the windows.

Clawfoot tub in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

A variety of tile including carrera installed in a herringbone pattern on the floor, staggered on shower surround, and subway inside the shower – create a more relaxed mood.

Marble shower in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

With all the light, it makes sense to bring in plants!

White bath in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybathroom #interiordesign

Applied moldings in the bath are so elegant, yes?

White bathroom console sink in beautiful French country home with interior design by Jenny Martin Design. #frenchcountrybath #interiordesign

This was the mood board for our former primary bath:

And this week, we’re making decisions for our bath at the new house. The paint color will likely be Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. I plan to incorporate a vintage clawfoot tub (just the best bubble baths), marble tile, a pretty chandelier, and of course these favs:

Thanks so much for reading, and let me know if you have any other paint color related questions.

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2 Comments

  1. November 30, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    Beautiful new oldish house! What is the roof material?
    Thanks!
    Carol Platt

    • Michele
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      November 30, 2022 / 9:39 pm

      Hmmmmm. They look like cedar shake, but I’m not sure.

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