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?!).
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?
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.
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…
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.
Or, if there are cooler, greyer tones, then let your paint choice reflect those…
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.
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.
So, that was part 1!!
Part 2 coming your way….