Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Perfect Colour

No not the lavender silly, although that is a perfect colour is it not?


I meant trying to find the perfect blue for my gate.

I know I want blue but I cannot find the blue I want.



Does that ever happen to you? Or do you always find the perfect colour as soon as you get to the paint shop?




I want that colour blue you see in France on all the shutters and doors.



I cannot describe it but have seen it so many times in books and magazines.



Are there any blue experts out there?







16 comments:

koralee said...

Oh dear...I adore blue as well...don't know if I can help you though....I agree it needs to be nice and bright for an outside gate....happy hunting...and happy week to you!

MelMel said...

Some good choices there......:>)

I like pale powder blue....x

. said...

This picture is so beautiful.
About the blues, they are all so nice, how can a person choose one?

Alfazema

re said...

Tricky - trouble is the light, eg. that Greek blue doesn't look so vibrant in our Northern clime. Anyway good luck with your search, maybe you could get the colour mixed if you can find something with the colour in to take to the shop.

Frances said...

I was also going to mention how outdoor light can be very different in different seasons and weather.

I'd be inclined to get a sample of a blue or two that you like and just paint a bit of a sample (could be on paper, would not actually have to be on the gate.) Then hang the sample/s out on the gate at different times of day, or in different weather conditions and see how you like them.

xo

Rose Charles said...

lol, i know what you mean!
It is very mediteranean... I love blue, it is such a wonderful colour!

Good luck finding the one you want!

Rose XXX

Allison said...

You could always take a picture in to a paint store that has one of those computer matching things (it has a little "eye" that evaluates a colour on something and comes up with a formula for mixing that colour).

Lanny said...

You may have trouble matching your swatches to your vision because the swatches are not juxtaposed to the scene you see your blue in. You may need good sized swatches and put them on your gate until you find the one that matches your vision, which actually may not be the actual blue of the photographs you recall, which is okay, you are after a look not the name of a color. Strong color is a good thing in my book.

Pomona said...

Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue is one of my favourites, but it is not that purplish lavender blue. I agree that those lovely Mediterranean blues can look tawdry under our grey northern light. There used to be a shop in SW London called Paper and Paints who would mix a colour to match whatever you brought in - maybe you could send them a sprig!

Pomona x

lucy said...

Wedgewood Blue!

Helen said...

The sky is different here, it's the light you see. Even if you were to find that french blue, when you painted your gate with it, it would look different!! It's the light . . . . . . goooooood luck!!

Margie said...

Blue is my favourite colour, and I sympatise with you in your quest for the perfect blue (I love french shutters. I just love looking at all your blue samples. Hugs, Margie.

Elyse said...

hmmm, i would suggest doing a google image search on "blue shutters" or something and when you find the perfect shade, print it out and take it to the paint store for them to do a color match. could work? you have great style so whatever blue you choose will be great.

xo

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love blue but I have the same problem with paint chips...it's so hard to pick the right blue!

The Garden Bell said...

Try taking on of you picture over to www.bighugelabs.com and select their palette finder option. It's so easy, fun and best of all F.R.E.E. I have taken some french fabric over there to find the right color of lemonie yellow for my new green/country/frenchie kitchen walls. Lots of other fun stuff to do as well... Enjoy. It was a pleasure to find you today

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I know how you feel. I'm searching for the perfect turquoise, or maybe even a great seafoam...

A blue gate sounds lovely!