Pragmatic or dull - Natural Calico Tough Dulux paint throughout?

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We are renovating an entire house and at some point over the next few weeks I am going to be asked for paint choices -eeeek. Please help with either alternatives or reassurances, I am struggling because
1) I have zero sense of colour/interior design 'flair'.
2) We have never lived in the house (too dodgy - electrics/ceiling tiles etc) so not been able to truly work out light etc - also have knocked through walls etc so everything changing
3) I have fairly simple taste. Interior magazines etc I love the white/light wall, wooden furniture look. Don't like fuss. Our old house (modern box) I just did in Natural Calico. I loved the colour - in that I did not notice it, everything went with it, wasn't too yellowy or pinky. Very Livable. Each room had it's interior feel added by art, soft furnishings etc etc. (These were not as dull - bright splashes of colour)
4) We are having to make Soooo many decisions kitchen/flooring/plumbing/doors etc etc I am feeling overwhelmed
5) I am wary of doing anything too "on trend" at the moment as we are not frequent decorators - want it too not look dated in 2 years time!
6) I do not know the final look of everything else yet - eg we will be getting a new sofa at some point but cannot afford to do for at least another 6months/a year - we want to live with the old one for a bit before changing to see what chair/sofa mix will suit the space best. Ditto curtains in some rooms - we will replace some but will have to wait. I would prefer to choose the sofa I want rather than be restricted by a strong wall colour

So - I am veering towards doing exactly the same for our new house. Natural Calico throughout Would this just be too dull. Or is it just totally OK to do it?

Am I just justifying it above - help. Please.

For details on a house- a large 1930s semi. Red brick front, white rendered elsewhere, terracotta tiled roof. Amazing garden. Has been totally gutted (actually sod all roof at the moment)rewired/replumbed kitchen/dining/family room opened up to L-shaped area.
Smoked Oak floor (quarry tiles in utility and porch). So everything 'new' but we are trying to keep some original features - found the original doors/spindles under 1960's veneer.
Kitchen is going to be off white shaker (Howdens Tewkesbury White) with black granite and black Esse Range.
Planning white satin woodwork

animaltales Mon 13-Aug-12 20:40:58

Egyptian Cotton, Dulux is nice, a bit grey-ish and def not pinky/magnolia. Looks good with white woodwork.

BerylStreep Mon 13-Aug-12 20:42:45

Piglet john, has anyone ever bought you these mugs?

BerylStreep Mon 13-Aug-12 20:44:09

Or this one? grin

PigletJohn Mon 13-Aug-12 20:50:38

I think that would be great

Haven't got one sad

They are all really a bit of a combination of these then? White-y/biscuit-y? www.mocha.uk.com/dunk-mug.html

outtolunchagain Sun 18-Nov-12 17:33:23

OP did you go with Callico in the end ,i am toying with it for our sitting room which is a bit dark ,we have a fig carpet (greeny gold) and dark wine coloured sofa adn i have gone with a Laura AShley large bold print for curtains .

What colour did you paint the ceiling and woodwork ?Isort of feel that brilliant white might be a bit stark and i prefer a softer look.

I am a bit of a neutrals obsessive actually but think the kitchen is going to be welsh flint

I went with Trade White. Not Pure Brilliant just "regular" white. Looks amazing. Got smoked oak floors which are amazingly warm and am looking forward to going to town with cream and neutrals in the sitting room (with the odd flash of pale turquoise and denim). Main open plan/kitchen area is off white cabinets with black granite. I have spotted some lime green and plum curtains and have got a lime green kettle and mugs.

I did natural calico in the children's bedrooms - they are north facing (ish) and they have white furniture so I thought white there would be too much.

Am really pleased - no, really, really pleased with it. Not quite moved in yet - so is still just white - not yet got the "softening" touches of textiles, rugs, pictures.

TBH looking at the Natural Calico in the bedrooms - it is right for in there but I am glad I went for what I really wanted - which was white.

outtolunchagain Sun 18-Nov-12 19:13:32

It sounds fantastic, DH isn't so keen on the white but is happy with calico so might go with that in the hall as well.We have a lot of woodwork in the hall so just need to think about that.

Might try a colour in our bedroom ; shock horrorgrin

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