The buildings are all made of whitish tuffeau limestone that has a faded yellow-grey tone. Windows, shutters and doors are usually painted one of many mid-greys, and general lack of maintenence adds an antiquing effect that sludges these somber colours further. Roofs are of grey slate. Rooflights - lucarnes - are built of untreated greyed-out oak. This shop front first floor, jammed up against the stone wall of the village church at Bourgeuil - famous for its AOC wine - exemplifies this grisaille* colour palette, the background to life in Touraine, precisely.
In the market place, the colours of the soap stall however do the opposite; a riot of waxy soapy tints.
*grisaille noun; in art, a method of painting in gray monochrome, typically to imitate sculpture; a painting or stained-glass window in this style.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: French, from gris ‘gray.’