Episode 110- The squirrel made me do it….

4ip06rnjI have finally found the critical nearly white and neutrals for ceilings, walls, panelling and  painted furniture at the French village house.It has only taken several years to source this.The kitchen/diner has so many nearly white paint samples, tried and rejected, that I could just join them up and call it a style statement.

paint sample France kitchen

I went about it the right way. The 30 foot tongue & groove wall seemed the best testing area. So I painted a stripe right  by the front window (aspect south west) the rear window (aspect next door’s barn wall) and right in the middle to check out effect in different lights. This colour is “sesame”-right- and I thought it was right but when we returned last month it was WRONG…..damn.

Last year we bought a neutral mid tone warm taupey colour called “gris marmotte”for end walls of this long, narrow room. With very light side walls, this will visually trick the eye into perceiving better proportions here.

Then last time we waltzed into M.Bricolage, this seemed to be the “couleur du jour”and they had a palette of five lighter versions of gris marmotte.Some almost white– EUREKA!!!!

deco-toilettes-zen-graphique-gris http://www.mr-bricolage.fr/

Left- three of the options-I now know a marmotte is a big squirrel,also known as a woodchuck or groundhog, and finding this damn elusive colour has been my own groundhog day.

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Above- The endless Wall of Worry-Now I can concentrate on some other decorating dilemna

We have plenty. Well, I do because Trev is leaving it all to me. Yes, who sleeps at night?

For more amusing marmotte pictures see http://petitemimine.centerblog.net/rub-gifs-marmottes-2.html

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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7 Responses to Episode 110- The squirrel made me do it….

  1. MELewis says:

    Ha, ha…admire your patience in seeking out the right shade. Just don’t drink the tea!


  2. Light makes all the difference in a sea of white.


  3. Osyth says:

    Men! That’s all I have to say 🙂 I do love marmottes though ….


  4. Sounds like Trevor is one wise man…. 😉


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