You'll find inspiration for "French country" color decorating ideas in different parts/aspects of France,
The French Alps (as well as other mountainous regions of France, like the
Ardennes and the Pyrenees). A typical 'French mountain' color scheme consists of muted reds and
creamy whites, combined with shades of warm gray and dark brown (unpainted) wood: check out
Color square No. 3on
The French Flag. However, rather than going with primary red-white-blue, you could take
a more sophisticated approach to this simple color scheme. Here's a page to check out examples of
red-blue-white French color schemes
A Gustavian color
scheme of chalky whites and bluish, cool greys is another option. You could
combine these with blonde woood, but that's optional. Of course, Gustavian color schemes are a
Swedish import (and the Swedes, in turn, imported the lines
and shapes of the 'Gustavian' style from the French court in the 18th century). So, why use this style for a
"French" cheese shop? Well, Gustavian greys are currently really popular in French
country decorating ... and they look exceptionally good in combination with mellow yellow.
A French Atlantic coastal color scheme of blue (light blue & mid-tones, as well as deep navy hues),
clean whites, straw colors, and a few red accents. These could spark off good color decorating ideas for a
French cheese shop - fresh, spruce, summery, and sufficiently close to the 'French Flag' theme.
Color square No. 2 is a
I hope this helps, Susan, and I wish you Good Luck with your venture!
Here's part of Susan's reply, with what looks to me like an utterly
yummy color scheme:
The color scheme we chose was a Tomato Bisque paint for one wall and copper
accessories and midnight blue accents. We felt that the Tomato would catch
your eye right away. What do you think?
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