Episode 46- South of France, colour inspiration

sept13 036renovation,restoration, colours and  inspiration-May 2012

I am beginning to understand why artists who have spent time in the South of France have rhapsodised about the quality of light and the way it creates the unique colours here.

left- Snow topped Mount Canigou in May,rising behind Boulevard de Canigou of course!

Blue sky and sea, sable sand and stones, terracotta roofs, rich but nuanced greens on plants and trees, a particular rusty bronze on the trunks of umbrella pines, slate grey and blue/jewel purple mountains.

You will recognise the colours and the names by which they are described, but these terms barely do justice to the crisp but layered shades we see all around us here. I can see that I am being subtly influenced by this unique palette when I choose fabrics, paints & styles for our new interiors. sept13 045

I have repainted the dull dark brown wall on our little loggia in a clear turquoise which has opened up this small space.sept13 064

left-view inland from loggia

below- wild end of Argeles-sur-Mer’s Plage Nord which is inspiring the kitchen colour scheme at the village housesept13 071


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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