Looking for just the right, bright blue for your she shed or other paint project? Well, look no further than the Basque region in France … and get it all bottled up in She Shades chalk-based paint color called Twilight. Twilight’s bright-yet-deep blue is a spot-on match for one of the region’s most ubiquitous colors. It provides richness to many a shutter, storefront and house door in France and it will for you, too.
The French Basque region, located in the southwest corner of France, is a vibrant and historic area that’s full of color. With nods to Spanish Basque just a hop over the border, it offers richly spiced cuisine fueled by piment d’espalette, colorful striped fabrics and many traditions of dance, language and art that go way back into the mists of time.
While wandering through the small villages, you will notice colors that dominate and add punctuation to the stuc Pierre (stucco) and stone buildings. The most common colors seemed to be the twilight blue shown here, along with a spicy red (like paprika) and sunny yellow. Near the beaches and resorts around Biarritz, salmon pinks and coral oranges prevail.
Twilight Blue Paint Suggestions
Because this blue is so intense, it looks great against a more neutral backdrop. If you have a natural wood shed, or something that is beige or brown, a Twilight contrast can really spark things up.
Consider this French shade of blue for your front door; shutters, planter boxes, windowboxes, window frames, gable and eave trim, porch canopy/overhang, garden trellis or pergola, and Adirondack or other wood outdoor chairs. As you can see, it is wonderful with creams and off whites, as well as with natural wood tones and browns.
Keep in mind these are not painted with Twilight and you can come up with any similar shade you want! Look for deep blues with a tiny hint of purple in them. If you want to check out Twilight, shop here. Try a 2 oz. sample size or jump in with both feet. A pint easily paints a French door and maybe a window or two. A quart will cover cabinets in a small kitchen, large outdoor table and chairs, and all the trimwork of a 10 x 12 she shed with paint to spare.
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