Pale grey paint recommendations for hallway/stairs

(33 Posts)
yawningbear Tue 30-Apr-13 17:27:09

After watching The Ice cream Girls on catch up yesterday I have decided that the hallway needs to be light grey. If anyone has seen it, Serena's mothers house has a light grey hall and it looked stunning.

Now our house is about half the size and not nearly as gorgeous but it does have a similar hallway and it is very light as it has a really big cupola at the top. Can anyone recommend a pale grey paint? I really don't want to have to go and spend a fortune on testers.

I can also foresee difficulties with negotiation of this idea with DP, so decision needs to be made with minimum fuss grin

DoNotDisturb Sun 05-May-13 22:02:29

Dulux smoulder is a bit darker but a gorgeous warm grey. Have it in my hall and love it.

Another one here with Polished Pebble in the living room. Not a hint of blue in it, looks seriously classy (if I do say so myself!).

lougle Sun 05-May-13 18:41:50

Polished Pebble is quite definitely grey. I have it next to blue lagoon in my lounge, so a real blue-green and I have a white and silver wallpaper in my hall - it would be obvious if it was blue. It's grey grin

MrsTMD Sun 05-May-13 18:41:36

Im with preciousring on this.we have just used dulex chic shadow in our hallway as i wanted a pretty pale grey.it looks great.x

yawningbear Sun 05-May-13 17:39:17

Ah, you see that makes me swerve towards polished pebble iclaudius, I love pale blue but in the hall I want grey, light grey, pale grey, grey, not blue. Though they do actually look identical so perhaps they are both feking light blue grin

iclaudius Sun 05-May-13 14:24:32

F and b blackened is my fave colour ever but definitely BLUE

lougle Sun 05-May-13 14:22:41

My dulux polished pebble still looks new a year later smile

TrampyPants Sun 05-May-13 14:15:01

ooh, I love the dulux polished pebble. We are having that for the living room. We have just used wilko's own cheapskate in pearl grey for our hallway, it isn't finished yet but its a lovely colour. theres a hint of lavender to it that warms up the greyness.

yawningbear Sun 05-May-13 14:12:53

Well jury is still out but oddles of testers later the hall is covered in large sheets of painted flip chart paper and the front runners are F & b blackened and Dulux polished pebble. The colour looks pretty smiliar but the finish on the F & B is nicer IMO, soft and chalky. Will need to work out the difference in ££'s and decide.

Thanks for all the suggestions, now I am on the search for Gorgeous wall lights to go with it, this may also be a difficult task given that there may be no such thing in exisisence.

mrspaddy Fri 03-May-13 14:33:58

Recently painted out bedroom in Dulux Mulberry Silk.. It is lovely and subtle.

tomatoplantproject Thu 02-May-13 10:12:48

We have f&b pavilion grey (dulux matched) in our hallway and it looks fab. We have a grey carpet, and all of the woodwork is picked out in white (with the handrail also in pavilion grey). Our house is tall and narrow and we put in velux windows so v light and airy now, and the grey works really well, also contrasts really nicely with the other rooms which are mostly white.

Plopsicle Thu 02-May-13 10:07:34

The Polished Pebble doesn't look beige at all on the walls, just a very pale soft grey.

If you go on the Dulux website you can get 3 testers for £1, I went through loads!

Alwayscheerful Thu 02-May-13 07:54:31

I have used elephants breath in the hall stairs and landing of a barn conversion, the colour looks fab with oak beams and flagstones. It is definitely "greige" half beige, half grey it is not a true grey, it is a warm colour with a red base, it can have an almost lilac tone in certain light ie not in a north facing dark room but in a south facing room. I adore the colour but if you want a true grey use a different shade.

littleomar Thu 02-May-13 07:18:17

F&B Cornforth White (quite cool - Elephant's Breath is warmer but a bit beige to me). Borrowed light distinctly blue. Disclaimer - do not know ice cream girls whereof you speak.

PoppyAmex Thu 02-May-13 07:12:43

I painted the nursery in FB Blackened, it looks light blue online and in catalogue but when we tried a sample were delighted to find the nicest pale grey.

MyPreciousRing Thu 02-May-13 07:05:39

Chic shadow. Does get an occasional 'blue' tint in certain lights but it is beautiful. We've stripped oak flooring at top of stairs, black flecked carpet on stairs teamed with brilliant white woodwork.
Looks wonderful.

lougle Thu 02-May-13 06:52:46

We used blue lagoon on the largest wall to warm it up. It's nice and calm, but warm.

yawningbear Thu 02-May-13 06:40:34

We have a grey carpet nelly, at least on the stairs and landing, hallway is sanded. It is inherited though and I think when I can I will change the stairs to a striped runner, which again I am sure some would say they are now dated but I love them. I'm hoping that if I get the right shade it won't look cold hmm

I have put up big sheets of F & b Borrowed light & Skylight and a Crown Seldom Seen which I just liked the look of and I am now even more confused They are lovely colours but the light is ever changing it seems, I think the big skylight in the roof is having quite an impact so it's hard to know how it would all look. They seem very blue times and whilst I love pale duck egg it's not what I want for the hall. DP is voting strongly for Seldom Seen which is by far the palest and I haven't even told him the price difference yet.

I'm thinking I need to get back to shops for more testers, exactly what I had wanted to avoid. Thankyou for all the suggestions, I will look at them all.

nellyjelly Thu 02-May-13 06:15:06

Lovely colours. Will they not look a bit cold?

Am looking for inspiratiom myself. Our lounge is winter white which is creamy. We have a beige carpet unfortunately. Would lime a who,e new colour scheme. Any suggestions of nice neutrals which wo't be too cool.

What colour carpet with grey walls?

tinyeyes123 Thu 02-May-13 06:02:16

Sanderson Grey Squirrel is lovely.

LifeofPo Wed 01-May-13 14:07:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

whosshe Wed 01-May-13 14:03:23

I like paint by fired earth, it's not that mre expensive but the colours are just perfect and they go on really well. This grey is wonderful...

www.firedearth.com/paint/collection/mid-century-colours/skylon-grey-19143

You can order their paint cards online... And tester pots

yawningbear Wed 01-May-13 13:55:12

Looked - soft play and posting don't mix well.

yawningbear Wed 01-May-13 13:54:21

That's interesting plopsicle. I went to home base this morning and came back with a bag load of f & b testers which I had really wanted to avoid but didn't get polished pebble because it look beige, definitely don't want beige confused

Plopsicle Wed 01-May-13 12:47:12

Just painted our lounge in polished pebble too, went though heaps of testers and this was by far the nicest all the others were either too blue or too beige.

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