Saturday, October 1, 2011

What is French Blue?

How elusive- that color of French blue. I have always wondered exactly what tint or shade it is.
Technically, it is blue pigment made of powdered lapis lazuli, but I have also seen it defined as made from ultramarine pigment.

Be that as it may, I have seen numerous samples on our driving trip around France. Here are some to help you decide...

Looks lovely with the ochre!

Slightly greener...

or darker...


or bold!

Lovely doors, eh?

Same building, two different shades

A lacquered French blue, which is the first lacquered door I've seen in the countryside.

A lavender bend on French blue- gorgeous!

Beautiful doors, beautiful setting

So, which picture says French blue to you?


  1. Oh my! Love the last shot! The lacquered one is so rich. These are some great examples of the variety of french blues.

  2. Definitely the first picture with the blue sky reflected in the windows!
    Also the blue window frames on the ochre fassade and the barn doors.
    For me - weathered medium-blue - or even classic dark-marine-blue - doors and shutters look best on limestone buildings and ochre fassades and need a certain 'amount' of sunshine and a special blue sky.
    Best wishes for a sunny southern weekend!

  3. Oh - have missed to mention that all images are beautiful!

  4. This is truly lovely to see today, Annie. And, Karin has said it perfectly for me. See you Tuesday, my friend....

  5. Annie, I've just visited Karin's blog and saw the photo of you & Pieter. This is fabulous ! I know you had a wonderful time meeting her...I was so excited to see your photo!! xx's

  6. Great photos. Definitely the " lovely doors" and "beautiful doors" say French blue to me. I have one French blue hanging off a window at My French Folly - it looks quaintly picturesque.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  7. Blue is my favourite colour and I love all these pictures, call the colour what you may.


  8. Great post. French blue obviously means something different to everyone when you go to buy paint. The blue that I love is softer and more weathered looking...may not be French blue at all. These doors are fabulous!

  9. Hi Dear Annie
    Well I just love them all.. I think I would have thought a lighter blue to be French blue until I tried to photography every blue door in Normandy and Paris... hahaha.. they are all different.. just as your post shows us.. in fact I think you may have captured more doors than me.. hehe..

    Actually I really love that dark blue shot in the middle!! and the last .. but they are all lovely..

    Thanks for your sweet comment.. Gee I wish we could have been there at the same time!! and Deborah also!!..

    Have a great weekend.. not sure if you are home now or still there?? ciao xxx Julie

  10. Each one is prettier than the next. It would be very hard to pick a favorite.

  11. I love France, doors, and French bleu. Looks like I landed on the right blog today! I drooled over every single one of these. I"ve not traveled much outside of Paris but I'll bet i"ve posted a zillion doors on my Paris blog in three years. I can't wait to have a look around and see what else you can tempt me with!

  12. Such fun Ann, to see so many familiar places on your blog! I also love the blues in France, the more faded by the sun the better in my book!
    Hope the trip is still going well, regards to you both

  13. Annie I adore them all. I would say the very last though has the essence of French Blue to me!

    I hope you will let me know what you think of my Autumn Decor, so far......


    Art by Karena

  14. I think that at some point all of these were a darker blue on application and the weathering process is what makes these marvellous tones. I lean more towards the duck egg shades - LOVE IT!
    I'm a lover of doors and windows, must be the voyeur in me :-)

  15. Do I have to choose? I love them all. What an inspirational post.

  16. Gorgeous -- love all the images! It's so wonderful to have your take and eye on all things design. :)



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