Feb 20, 2012

A Door of Blue...

Pale blues take on an illuminance,
almost a glow,
which makes them particularly welcoming & inviting
for front doors.
A patina effect works especially well in this colour, 
highlighting the contrast between pale blue & a darker substrate.
(The effect above is achieved through copper paint 
with a patina solution applied.)
And adding a little dark, dark blue 
(like the Magnum)
gives the pale blue a dramatic, sophisticated edge.

It works for very contemporary styles 
as well as heritage ones ~ there's not even a rule as to which 
tone should be used in either case. 
Instead, look to the other colours 
around the front door
as a clue. 
Then you can select either a red, or a green, tone base 
in blue to harmonise with the other materials.
(A red tone base will create a purply periwinkle blue,
while a green tone base is aqua or patina copper.)
A green toned blue on this garden wall door 
compliments the plantings,
which brings out the brown tones of the bricks.
(If the door had been painted a periwinkle blue,
it would have brought out the red in the bricks.) 

With such beautiful variations & endless tones,
it's no wonder that blue
is possibly the most favourite colour 
of the majority of cultures 
around the world.

It's certainly mine.
(And I wouldn't be the tiniest bit bias...!!)

images: by row: detail + door surround
paints by Resene + Porters Paints


  1. Oh wow! Love your blog and love this post! Glad I found you...going to follow!

    1. Hello Sharon and that is most exciting because you are my 300th follower. Woop! Very exciting! Just had a lightening look at your own fabulous blog...ooh...very glam...shall check that out in more detail with much happiness. V x

  2. I can't choose a favourite, they all looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing. x

  3. Miss V

    a divine post - I am totally swooning.

    Love blue at anytime and a blue door says yes to me.

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, hereiamloulou blog 


  4. Blue is welcoming, happy and optimistic - you know me well, it seems! There isn't a blue I'm not attracted to and it's a colour I always wear and feel most comfortable in. A beautiful post, thank you.

  5. Whether it's old or new blue doors are particularly gorgeous! Beautiful post :)

  6. I adore blue - these doors are absolutely FAB.
    Have a great day,

  7. Ha just got it. About the bias!

  8. Beautiful images as usual thanks Virginia. I especially love the pale blue looking through to the blue painted stairs. Perfect! Annie x.

  9. Who wouldn't want to use Bowie paint?! Blue is my favorite too...


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