Monday, 13 August 2012

To be green ...

… or not to be green, that is the question?
We can't quite decide whether our shutters should be green - or as the tin says 'vert de terre' - or a creamy off white colour. As a trial we've painted one set green and will live with it for a while.


Off white will be less work, and probably slightly cheaper in terms of paint as we won't need as many coats, but that isn't the main consideration. We are thinking that we might prefer the look of the off white against the white walls. We have nine sets of these shutters so it's probably difficult to imagine by just seeing one set.


Any thoughts?

17 comments:

  1. I do not know what your local traditions are but here in Italy they would be natural wood(varnished) or brown or green (painted or aluminium). Personally I would have gone for a natural wood look sorry no help to you at all :(

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  2. Hello Gaynor:
    Since you ask, we should opt for the green of the first image every time.

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  3. I think the green looks great, it is a nice contrast, not too stark. I love Farrow & Ball paint!

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  4. I would go with the Green :-) Right shade of Green, not too dark.

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  5. I'm voting for the green too. We have this decision to make soon. At the moment our shutters are brown varnished..... I think I want the olive green that some of the village is "required" to use by the Marie. ( Only if you live really close to the abbey ). A friend who does live near the abbey was half way through painting her shutters, and received a note from the Marie telling her it was the wrong shade of olive green. All that is beside the point....the green looks great. Go for it. J.

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  6. I like the green too. It's a nice soft shade. The cream on white is a bit too plain.

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  7. The green!
    We are thinking of a similar shade of green for here... it is one of the 'local' colours.

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  8. Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for your comments. Almost unanimously green apart from Lindy who prefers natural wood which isn't really an option.

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  9. I'm a bit late here, but I like the green. It's a lovely shade and will look really good on your house, I'm sure. Off-white can have the tendency to look 'tired' after a time, too. Happy painting!

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  10. Green ... it matches your blog! Martine

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  11. And you can buy more F&B from the shop in La Roche Posay!

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    1. Don't forget to hire the armoured van though...

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  12. Green :-) xxxx

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  13. We just finished painting our off-white shutters Farrow & Ball French Grey. It was a choice between Verte de Terre and French Grey and we opted for the darker green grey color. We are thoroughly pleased with the change, so like other comments, I would definitely choose the green. Just an aside, we found significant difference in how the color appeared between garden gates, shutters, outbuilding doors, etc. Partly because of light, shade and contrast to the stone. You might want to move those shutters around a bit just to be sure to be sure.

    Good luck with the painting.

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  14. SweetpeainFrance14 August 2012 at 23:28

    The green looks sophisticated compared to white. My thoughts are that green paint loses colour more quickly than a French grey, white or cream. What do they look like when closed? F&B has definitely been cheaper in UK. You could compare prices to decide for yourselves especially when you are purchasing in bulk. F&B containers are hopelessly fragile!

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  15. Merci beaucoup!.

    We think we'll probably go for the green, but will look also at what the french grey colour is like.

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