Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

A completely perfect example of a Cotswold stone house that has been gorgeously restored by Neptune's Emma Sims-Hilditch is this:  The White Hart. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

I'm completely besotted by the way the soft honeyed tones of the Cotswold stone exterior harmonise so stunningly with the scheme chosen for the amazing interior. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Take a look and see what I mean...

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Parts of the building, which functions as a business centre, feel like a real home!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And could there be anything more inviting than the workroom?!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Emma Sims-Hilditch cleverly combines her interior design work with her strong input into the Neptune range so that both synthesise with the other.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

This is not only true for the stunning kitchen areas....

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

...but many of the accessories too. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And the paint! Who could forget their paint? Totally yummy shades. The cupboards below are in one of my favourites: Neptune Moss.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Rattan chairs outside complete the Modern Country garden look...the stone walls, the gentle blue-green-grey of the large door and windows, the Modern Country planting: a blend of formal structure and informal softness....bliss!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

The picture above is when the garden was first planted, which will always look a little on the bare side but, below, you can see the Modern Country garden softness in all its glory!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

G:O:R:G:E:O:U:S


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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens)

Cotswold Stone sings out so gorgeously and so eye-catchingly that many people find it difficult to know where to start so we shall we take a peek today at Part 2 of my series on the very best paint colours to paint the front doors (and windows, and drain pipes...!) of Cotswold Stone homes to give that Modern Country feel to your front door.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Try Dulux Lizard
Dulux Lizard is the quintessential green paint for Cotswold Stone front doors

Last time we looked at gorgeous neutral paints but today let's look at that classic Modern Country combination: Cotswold stone and the perfect Cotswold green! Sometimes green, sometimes grey, sometimes blue...you know the style I mean, right?

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue
Try Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green and Oval Room Blue for this combination

Now, this is where it gets slightly technical. If your front door gets lots of sun, the you have to bear in mind that sunshine will make any front door appear much paler than it does on the the colour chip.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Little Greene Slaked Lime
Little Greene Slaked Lime will help give the putty green tones of this front door

Plus the sun bleaches paint like nobody's business so, unless you want to be painting the front of your house every couple of years, you might like to consider a lighter, more muted colour, for WOW-factor longevity!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Eucalyptus
Paint and Paper Eucalyptus is a gooooorgeous grey green

Don't just be swayed by pretty pictures of perfect Cotswold stone houses. Try to find images of fornt doors that match the light levels of your own. A house that faces North, for example, will look very different to a home in full-on sun. The same hue will appear much bluer in the shade. 

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Blue Gray
Farrow and Ball Blue Gray will help create this look

North-facing front doors give their paint a much easier time of itwith very little sun leeching away colour, which means that your chosen paint colour will stay true for many more years. Hooray!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Castle Gray
Farrow and Ball Castle Gray is a strong contender or this deeper shade of sea green

On a shady front door, you may want to choose a paint colour that's a little darker, a little bolder but will still make the most fo your gorgeous Cotswold stone!

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes
Fired Earth Ultramarine Ashes is a keeper, And what a perfect name! 

The same rules also apply to many French stone houses, with their heavenly shutters and dreamy farmhouse architecture. Take a look at this stunner. ..

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Paint and Paper Library Salvia
Salvia by Paint and Paper Library woul work a treat here...

Can you see the same honey tomes emerge from the stone, just like with Cotswold houses? Actually, what's going on here is that the sun bings out the orange tones of the stone and then those scrumptious chalky sea shades act as complementary colours, creating a very muted version of a thoroughly pleasing pairing.

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone House (Part 2: The Greens) Farrow and Ball Green Blue
Farrow and Ball Green Blue will crate this warm aqua tone

The complimentary colours bring a visually exciting stimulus but by using very gentle, greyed tones, you can create a softness that is pure eye candy!


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Monday, 12 June 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone Houses (Part 1: The Neutrals!)

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?!).

The  Cotswold Stone Holiday house - try Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray
Try Farrow and Ball's Manor House Gray for a similar paint effect

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?

.: Use Dulux Heritage Stone Green for this Cotswold Stone look. It's grey undertones will perfectly complement those galvanised  plnaters.
Use Dulux Heritage Stone Green for this look. It's grey undertones will perfectly complement those galvanised  plnaters.

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. 

For this front door paint, try Dulux Dusted Moss 2... perfect with Cotswold Stone
I love this look! Try Dulux Dusted Moss 2...

 : For this front door paint, try Dulux Dusted Moss 2...perfect with Cotswold Stone

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...

Try Little Greene French Gray for this front door - a good cool grey with lots of depth: perfect with Cotswold Stone
Little Greene French Gray is a good cool grey with lots of depth

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.

Try Dulux Lizard for this soft front door look with Cotswold Stone...don't forget the wisteria!
Try Dulux Lizard for this soft look...don't forget the wisteria!

Or, if there are cooler, greyer tones, then let your paint choice reflect those...

Farrow and Ball Pavillion Gray would be a good match to this front door: perfect with Cotswold Stone
Farrow and Ball Pavillion Gray would be a good match to this front door

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.

Farrow and Ball Light Gray paint would produce a very similar effect on your front door! Perfect with Cotswold Stone
Farrow and Ball Light Gray paint would produce a very similar effect on your front door!

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.

English Country Door with Cotswold Stone... try Farrow and Ball Old White

So, that was part 1!!
Part 2 coming your way....


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

How To Choose Your Perfect Front Door Paint

Isn't this weather glorious? Perfect for us to get cracking on painting our front doors! Paint on front doors needs lovely sunshine, not too hot, though, or the paint may blister, but not too cold, or the paint won't harden in the right way, so a breezy sunny day (in England, at least) gives a glorious excuse to smarten up the front of your the perfect conditions for painting outside. 

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Your house is like a reflection of your character so, whether you live in a gorgeous English cottage, smothered with roses, or a suburban Victorian semi, or even a shiny new London pad, take the time to make your home one that makes you smile.

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Front doors always draw the eye so picking the perfect paint for your front door will really get you on track to give your home a heart that beats in time with your own.

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

But have you seen the paint aisles? There are umpteen gazillion different paint shades so how's a girl to choose? 

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Step this way, if you please!
I LOVE giving this kind of advice to my clients and I hope these posts can give you an inkling of what goes on behind the scenes of Modern Country Style. So if you're feeling completely discombobulated and don't know where to begin then drop me a line...
How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

I suggest that a good place to begin is by pounding the streets. When you're out and about, have a good look at homes that warm your heart. Take a look around your neighbourhood: is there a particular style that draws your eye?

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Next, make the very most of all the available sources of inspiration. Check out your favourite books, magazines  and, ahemblogs that reflect a kerb appeal that gets you buzzing. Don't be afraid to get ripping! Collate all your favourites into one place. You'll find that gradually, graaaadually, your own style will begin to emerge.

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Next, take a long, hard, honest look at the parts of your home that can't be changed. Is it the porch? The shape of the windows? The symmetry you love? Do these steer you towards a certain look?

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Most importantly, what is your house exterior built from? Bricks, stone or render? Each of these has there own unique charm but will create a different appeal and most certainly should have an impact on your colour choice of front door. 

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

For example, if your house, like ours, is built using local stone, with their traditional slate roofs, then consider leaning towards muted, heritage colours. However, if your house is a lovely red brick beauty, then warmer colours will fit the bill.

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

You don't have to feel a slave to these ideas; it's your house after all! But, to create a house that gives the appearance of being casually but perfectly put together, it's best to pull together shades from the same end of the spectrum.

Lastly, as I'm always banging on about here, look at the way the front door faces. This is an essential part of the process because the sunlight really bleaches colours. They'll appear sooooo much lighter even when first painted so if you want impact in the sun, choose with care.

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Also, bear in mind that darker colours in the sunshine will fade very noticeably so it may be worth sticking with paler shades, unless you're a paint-your-front-door-once-a-year kind of home-owner!

But in the shade, the world's your oyster....

How To Choose The PERFECT Front Door Paint

Coming up soon....I'll be sharing my favourite paint colours for front doors. Do you have any to share?


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