Les couleurs pâles, poussiéreuses et fanées- Pale, Dusty, Faded

img_20161113_120748These subtle colours, in French they’re called Les couleurs pâles, poussiéreuses et fanées”.

My favourite shades, that faded, dirty, dusty,”washed “palette. Greyed pastels, warmed neutrals.

They work so well Chez Nous

img_20161113_120943img_20161113_121016The word “couleur” is feminine in French, suprisingly, I thought I had this gender thing sussed but not in this case. This recently restored antique oak foot stool with original “Berlinwork” needlepoint upholstery showcases these period shades.41eea2f961346332a31fe2151b23919b

Our latest piece, now up for sale and a true treasure.

I found this 1920’s colour chart on Pinterest-

1920 Colour Combinations

Photo by Daily Bungalow on Flickr

Some excellent colour options here for Old French Houses of any vintage….and very reminiscent of all those expensive, fashionable, historical shades out there from certain well known paint manufacturers.

There is nothing new under the sun………………..

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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15 Responses to Les couleurs pâles, poussiéreuses et fanées- Pale, Dusty, Faded

  1. This was a so creative
    paint restoration
    and interesting
    in this information
    Thank you.

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  2. zipfslaw1 says:

    Cool–can you find us something like that color chart in French??

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    • Oddly enough, but maybe not that oddly because this is me, the first French words I committed to memory at school were the colour names. I’d love a chart.

      So, I’ll keep my eye out (now there’s a quirky English saying that doesn’t translate literally) Is that an idiom? maybe an adage?
      I am writing a post on French sayings that may amuse you.


  3. Osyth says:

    I don’t think we will get orange either if last night is anything to go by …. to be honest that’s probably a good thing given the new President Elect – it might cause more rioting!!! 🍊

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  4. Osyth says:

    The worn and the washed out is a hard palette to beat in my view. As ever your good taste shines through 😊


  5. Bev says:

    Love all the faded colours, I recently bought some paint in Carcassonne called Rose Fanee, might use it in my bedroom 🙂

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  6. Ellen A. says:

    Lovely! Have been considering a similar style for covering a wall in the bedroom. Once we have a wall there! http://www.papierspeintsdirect.com/fleurs-multicolores-sur-fond-beige-papier-peint-lutece.html

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    • That’s lovely!
      These designs are of course based on the Jacobean “tree of life” motifs and are echoed in many old French “indiennes”.
      In turn, these went back even further to Asian motifs with the same flavour- I think it is all that history that makes them so authentic in these old spaces


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