In the English countryside, a variety of paint colors are used to capture the idyllic beauty of the landscape. Soft, muted tones such as sage green, pale blue, and creamy off-white are commonly seen on the exteriors of traditional cottages and country houses. These colors blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, reflecting the peaceful and timeless charm of the English countryside. Read on for 10 gorgeous English country paint shades that you can use to recreate that same sense of serenity and tranquility in your home!

Gorgeous English Country Paint Colors

When it comes to English country style, choosing the right paint colors can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere both on the inside and outside. From soft neutrals to rich earth tones, there are several colors that work well in this type of decor. One popular choice is a creamy off-white, such as ivory or linen, which adds a touch of elegance and pairs beautifully with traditional furnishings. For a more rustic look, consider earthy greens like sage or olive, which bring a sense of nature indoors. Soft blues, like sky or duck egg, can also be used to create a calming and serene ambiance. If you prefer a warmer palette, try shades of golden yellow or warm taupe to bring a cozy feel to your space. Additionally, earthy shades like terracotta and warm ochre are often used to add a rustic touch to barns, fences, and other outdoor structures.

Farrow & Ball

Farrow and Ball is the go-to when it comes to choosing authentic shades, as they have called the English Countryside home since 1946. You’ll love colors like Mouse’s Back No. 40 and Purbeck Stone No. 275 which all have nods to the English countryside. Here are a few favorites:

Mouse’s Back

Mouse’s Back

“This grey brown classic takes its characterful name from the fawny colour of the British field mouse. Much like its namesake, the green based Mouse’s Back is quiet in nature and feels soft in rooms both large and small. It will read greener when used on the walls of underlit rooms and is the perfect accent on furniture or floors when combined with more traditional shades such as Setting Plaster and Lime White.” – Farrow & Ball

Mouse’s Back – Credit: Farrow & Ball

Purbeck Stone

Purbeck Stone

“Purbeck Stone is a clean and understated mid grey that resembles the colour of stone found on the Isle of Purbeck, close to our home here in Dorset. Purbeck Stone is the strongest of our Easy Neutrals, sitting contentedly as part of a calming scheme with Cornforth White, Wevet and Ammonite in homes both old and new.” – Farrow & Ball

Purbeck Stone on Trim/Door – Credit: Farrow & Ball

Oval Room Blue

“Oval Room Blue is the most blackened of our blues, giving it a subtly aged feel. Named after the attractively shaped rooms of the late 18th century, it sits perfectly with our popular greys to create depth and balance in either a hall or a darker, cosier family room.” – Farrow & Ball

Oval Room Blue
Oval Room Blue – Credit: Farrow & Ball

Sherwin Williams

Dried Thyme

Dried Thyme

This serene green hue is the perfect dusty shade of green that looks like it fits in perfectly with the rolling hills of the English Countryside. This earthy option is perfect inside and outside of the home. See it here.

Dried Thyme – Credit: Sherwin Williams

Needlepoint Navy

This moody color would be perfect for an office, library, or lounge. See more here.

Needlepoint Navy – Credit: Sherwin Williams

Austere Grey

This was 2023’s color of the year! See more inspiration pictures here.

Austere Grey – Credit: Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has an English Countryside Collection, as well as alluring paint shades such as:

Bricktone Red

An alluring dusty red that is both earthy and elegant.

Simply White

The slightest hint of warmth makes this clean, crisp white a favorite to use anywhere in the home

Fairmont Green

A straightforward green that conjures fresh-cut grass. Also a historical color!


Jungle Camouflage

A subtle and relaxed gray-green, Jungle Camouflage possesses unlimited versatility for effortless transformations of interior and exterior spaces.

Jungle Camouflage – Behr

Ultimately, the best English country paint colors are those that reflect your personal style and create a welcoming environment in your home. Which is your favorite?

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