Behind the Colour: De Nimes

Written on 1st July 2021

Walls: De Nimes No.299 | Image: The Modern House


Name and number: De Nimes No.299

Primer & Undercoat: Dark Tones

Complementary White: Shaded White



If you’ve ever thought that ‘De Nimes’ sounds curiously close to ‘denim’, you’re not far off the true story. Denim fabric was first woven in the city of Nîmes and originally called serge de Nîmes – serge from Nîmes. The contraction of the last two words gives us the English ‘denim’, a word that instantly conjures up the perfect shade of blue. Et voilà.

With its generous dose of grey, De Nimes has a laid-back, lived-in feel that means it looks at home almost anywhere – just like a great pair of jeans.

In bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms, it creates the ideal conditions for a cosy night in (especially a candlelit one). On islands, cabinets, or half-height panelling, it’s a grounding yet elegant addition to kitchens and hallways.



For an easy way to introduce De Nimes to your home, Patrick suggests a soothing palette of soft greys that will sit beautifully alongside its distinct grey undertones. Try Purbeck Stone on the walls, the lighter Strong White on the ceiling and trim, and De Nimes as your focal point – either a feature wall, a painted headboard, or a piece of furniture that has a starring role in the room.


One of the best ways to find colour inspiration is through your fellow décor lovers. See how our social media followers have used De Nimes in their own homes, below.

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