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April 19, 2011 / Sarah Moore

shades of (French) gray

In Paris, I suspect most visitors are not focused on snapping pictures of the color gray, but I could not resist. The shades of gray I discovered there were endless. A warm gray, close to what many probably refer to as “french gray,” glowed in the rooms at Musee Nissim Camondo, the exquisite mansion (with an interesting and sad story) that the public can tour. This particular gray is set off with gilt details (see photo with gold rosette).

I read somewhere that European paints are much richer in pigment because things are painted less frequently and expected to endure.

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  1. Dorth Raphaely / Apr 19 2011 10:51 am

    Thanks for making the color gray (or is that grey) so exciting. You really brought it to life for me (not just in the post, but in Paris too). I have never focused on so many door knobs.

  2. Patrick / Apr 19 2011 8:05 pm


    I LOVE grey, as you well know, it’s in two rooms at home, it’s really a “non color” a great backdrop for art and highlights architectural details


  3. sara / Apr 20 2011 1:40 pm

    You’re so creative without even trying. Beautiful shots. Love how you appreciate subtle beauty, like color, in things I wouldn’t normally notice.

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