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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Blue Doors in France

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer is the time 
to complete exterior projects on our houses.
Warm weather and long hours of sunlight to finish the job
provide the atmosphere to tackle those projects.

Are you looking at doors for inspiration to find just 
the right color to paint your front door this summer?

Where did I find inspiration for my front door?
 France, of course!

 Over the years I've snapped photo
after photo of doors in France that made me pause...
made me linger awhile to take in their beauty and details...
There has never been a shortage of beautiful doors,
only a shortage of time in which to linger.

 The French have had a love affair with 
portes bleues
 for centuries.
Portes Bleues
 come in all shades of blue
 and in all styles.
#21 is in Paris and 
has beautiful round windows 
with leaf scrolls around them.

#61 doors are in Paris, also.
These look plain after seeing #21 above. 
Comparing one to the other 
makes us lose sight of the beauty of these. 
Much like comparing ourselves with others... 
We lose sight of our own good qualities. 

A close-up view 
without the distracting doors on either side,
plus better lighting that highlights the
rich glossy paint, 
accentuates their beauty.

Who lives(d) at this Paris address?
Diana, Darcy, Danette, Danielle? 
Devereaux, Dubois, Delacroix? 
The monogram above the door hints at a double D. 

Another Paris address with 
blue scrolled grill inset doors and
beautiful stonework surrounding the doors...
Is the white stonework above the door from 
La Belle Époque?

The elaborate stone carving above the medieval doors 
in Sarlat, France is enhanced by the deep blue of the doors.
 More views of these doors are at Real French Doors In Sarlat.

Less ornate than doors in Paris, 
this door in Sarlat, France is still a beautiful door 
with a curved raised panel and cut stone header.
 This is French Country style 
in its truest sense of the phrase. 
The paint could be an Annie Sloan Chalkpaint!

A different style raised curve panel door 
and semicircular window are surrounded by 
massive cut stones. 
Blue wooden shutters, blue window pane dividers, and 
double wire gates all recede to the background 
as we gaze at the doors. 
Then we take in all their beauty, too. 

 Found in a small town in the Dordogne region, 
the door style is a blend of the elaborate Parisian doors and 
the French Country ones. 
The rivets harken back to medieval and Gothic doors, 
and the ogee-edged panels remind us of French royalty carved doors. 

Even a rustic arched Gothic door topped with an ancient stone header 
down a narrow pea-gravel walkway is inviting in its vibrant blue.
Located just a few doors down from the previous door, 
it's in the same small Dordogne town.

The Domme, France La Poste (post office) welcomes 
customers with its cheery blue.

From Paris, France 
comes inspiration.

Welcome to my blue front door.
Please join me at these inspiring sites...



  1. Gorgeous! Unfortunately, our HOA only allows certain colors and blue is not on the list. Sad, I know! Love your blue door!

  2. My favorite door, other than yours, is Sarlat. That pale blue has a long-ago quality to it that is very compelling. What an amazing post; thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. Oh, what a blue-tiful post! I love them all! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday, BB.

  4. Such a beautiful post! It reminds me of my time in Paris ~ Swoon! I loved all the beautiful architecture and the doors, especially. Also, they love to paint the shutters blue! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
    I'm visiting today from Dwellings. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tues-Sat for Brag About It Link Up Party

  5. If you could not find a door to your liking out these, there would be a problem.

  6. All nice!!! Have a good Monday

    much love...

  7. What a cheerful entry your blue door makes. Thank you for sharing the blue doors of Paris. They were wonderful.

  8. Very nice! I love that blue color. I have a picture of a pair of doors in Greece that are that kind of blue too. Mine was bought not actually seen in person! How lucky you are to have been in France to see them yourself!

  9. Hi Judith,

    Your lovely array of French blue doors is charming! Don't they all look like paintings, too pretty to be real, but belonging in fairy tales? I'm trying to decide which one I like best and having a difficult time! There's something truly enchanting about the Gothic one in Dordogne; a sense of history, a quiet hideaway after the gravel, but also the post office one is adorable and I can't resist the juxtaposition of delicate red flowers on rough, gritty stone! Your own cheery blue door is a pleasant surprise among the warm, woody exterior. Enjoyed this presentation!


  10. Oh your new door color is a brilliant blue!!It is gorgeous.

  11. OMG - so beautiful. I love interesting doors and France definitely has its share.

    Love your new blue door too. Ours is red.

  12. Such a fun post.......loved all the blue doors, all so neat, and your new blue door looks lovely and cheery, bet you are enjoying it........

    Blessings, Nellie

  13. I love your inspiration pictures and the shade of blue you chose for your door is lovely.

  14. Isn't is something how the front doors to a home just make the house! I notice that so often as I ride through neighborhoods...the front doors make all the difference! GORGEOUS inspiration that color of blue...looks soooo pretty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  15. I used to have my kitchen this French blue color! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  16. What a wonderful collection of blue doors! Mine is pink but you sure have me thinking about the blue.

    I host a weekly link party called "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and it would be wonderful to have you link this post. The link goes up at 7 pm on Sunday nights.

    - The Tablescaper

  17. Sweet friend, you are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here's the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Happy Weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. You have a great place to get your inspirations from! France would never lose its architectural charm when it comes to details. Blue doors work best with neutral backgrounds, as obviously shown in here. There is a careful mix of shapes, textures and colors. I don't think I can choose one. ;P Gabrielle@Majestic Exteriors

  19. Blue doors are always heartwarming! Of all the colors, blue is the most soothing and relaxing to the eyes. It has a certain charm that captures attention more than any other color. France is a home to intricate and awesome design and structures, so blue doors are perfect there!

    -Willene Fagen @ RoofingandMoreINC

  20. Those are captivating blue doors! France is, indeed, a very inspiring place in all aspects. Aside from color, its delicate and intricate door designs make every house distinct from one another.

    -Nida Eisner @ All County Exteriors


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