Complete house make-over - help in deciding on colour and lighting schemes needed

(90 Posts)
MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 20:52:03

House is being completely overhauled. We need to pin down some details in the coming weeks.

1. Colours - it is not a huge house so we want the same colour scheme through out the house. I like lake colours and colour scheme 2 - which one do you like best? I think the first one is warmer perhaps?

We have settled on the tiles for hall, kitchen and bathrooms grey tiles bottom right but in 60x60, and wall tiles above for around bath/shower and behind sink. Rest of bathroom white.

Kitchen is white with granite worktops, contemporary style.

Living room white walls with solid oak flooring, still have this sofa but it will be replaced in a year or two.

Help me work out what colour and where to put it. Do I choose one wall in living room / dining room and make that the blue/green wall? And do I repeat that throughout the house?

Oh, and if anyone knows about lighting schemes, we could chat about that too

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 21:04:14

The lake colours are nice. Reminds me of the gorgeous house in What Lies Beneath. But then I tend to favour warm colours. Plus I haven't redecorated anything in 10 years so am probably very out of touch.

Suggest you watch the film. smile

Though I'm sure Michelle Pfeiffer didn't have an IKEA sofa! grin

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 21:19:55

Just googled the film and discovered it is spooky, so won't bother but I did find some still shots. Yes, see what you mean.

Michelle would SO shop in Ikea. I bet she does, and puts the flat pack furniture together herself.

Very spooky but excellent smile.

Lights down, glass of wine, sofa to hide behind....

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 21:55:26

There is no sofa large enough for me to hide behind. I had to leave Jurassic Park cause it was so scary. There were children in the cinema laughing at me.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 22:06:24


MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 23:20:12

oh, come ON. Is there no one at all interested in colour schemes.

I should have title the thread

Farrow and Ball colour - Grubby Socks. Too dark for a hallway?

jaynebxl Fri 01-Mar-13 23:26:55

Not so keen on the dark kitchen tiles but love colour scheme 2. I really like that Benjamin Moore colour.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 23:30:00

The dark tiles are for the bathroom, and only the wet areas. Yes, I love the Benjamin Moore colour too, but was a bit concerned it might be too cool.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 23:30:33

Thank you for answering, btw. I was beginning to think there was no one on Property board tonight.

jaynebxl Sat 02-Mar-13 06:33:36

O sorry, I misread. It was late! Still not so keen on that colour but I tend to go for lighter, airy colours. I also really like bluey greens.

However I do think F and B Grubby Socks is perfect for a hallway when teamed with Laura Ashley curtains from their Grannies old Petticoat range grin

MmeLindor Sat 02-Mar-13 10:03:45

Ha. Granny's old Petticoat so describes Laura Ashley smile

member Sat 02-Mar-13 19:48:59

I like colour scheme 1 best which kind of surprises me as I'm an off-white/neutrals person generally. The white in the second one looks cold against the colour of the sofa I think.

I'm not courageous with wall colour/don't have any feature walls so am probably not the best person to advise tbh - I'd probably go for the neutral colour as the biggest expanse then add the stronger colours in as cushion covers/lampshades/pictures in differing proportions depending on the room - perhaps even painting a series of[different-sized] canvases in all the different colours of the pallette & grouping them as a piece of wall art in the hall to further link the rooms together. If I had a big kitchen - diner, then I probably would use more than one wall colour to "zone" it.

MmeLindor Sat 02-Mar-13 20:18:56

Kitchen isn't huge, but was thinking of one wall in a strong colour. I was advised recently to be bold with colour cause you can always paint again if you don't like it.

Going to go with a deep brown/grey for one wall of the bedroom. Saw that recently and it looked fab. It was a F&B colour, but I can't find it on the website.

MistyB Sat 02-Mar-13 23:28:33

I was sucked in by Granny's petticoat!! I like the lake colours, especially the greens, but in a strong way for the whole room, outlined in white like the film stills. DH and I swoon when we see strong greens and warm greys outlined in white on TV! I would definitely go stronger with your colours, use lighter and darker shades (by mixing different quantities of white with your chosen colour, or go the Dulux chart route) to create texture, shadow and depth in the rooms and to pull or push walls. As you said, you can always paint again! (I'm not a fan of feature walls, more feature rooms!)

(Looks round at dull white walls in rented house in colourless Switzerland and sighs!)

mathanxiety Sun 03-Mar-13 03:28:14

I like the lake colours. The Benjamin Moore greiges look like water the DCs have rinsed their paintbrushes in after a session of 'art'.

However, I like 'Sea Star'. Maybe nice for the kitchen? Could look good with any colour cabinetry or appliances. Would be nice with the tiles you have in mind.

I was sucked in by Granny's petticoat!!
Now there's a horror movie I would run a mile from.

wendybird77 Sun 03-Mar-13 08:01:11

I would go for colour scheme 2 myself, but that's me and I have gone for something similar - though stronger greys and pops of dark yellow and navy blue. For me, the things I've had to redo are the ones where I went with the more conservative choice and held back a bit. grin As for lighting, I've put halogen downlighters in the kitchen and bathroom and am working with the single pendants in each room - the plan is to add lamps to brighten things up.

Tyranasaurus Sun 03-Mar-13 08:29:51

I like Half Term in Skegness over It's Not All Beige If I Add A Murky Blue. I'm not a fan of feature walls and I think you could easily get away with painting a whole room any of those colours, but if you're nervous paint one wall and see if you want to paint any more walls?

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 10:55:26

Bit hesitant to paint the whole room cause we had a friend who painted all blue and it was like sitting in a swimming pool. Not helped by the white furniture, to be fair.

Hmm, I have been thinking of using the Sea Star -ish colour on one wall and using light grey on the other walls rather than boring white. Will have a look at alternative greys though, as I am not that 100% sure of the greige, Maths.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 11:25:55

oooh, this is interesting. I used the Dulux app to find similar colours in Dulux and here is what I came up with

Lake Colours

Sea Urchin 3 - Calm blue
Highland Falls 3 - Calm green
Soft Fauna 1 - Calm green
Gooseberry Fool 3 - Calm green

Benjamin Moore
Rum Caramel 4 - Rich neutrals
Cameo Silk 3 - Fresh neutrals
Night Jewels 3 - Rich neutrals
Celestial Cloud 2 - Calm blues

Dulux advise selecting colours from one scheme, I think.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 12:44:36

Am off to get some colour charts and spend more time obsessing about this.

I love the lake colours. Loving the What Lies Beneath house too.

We moved nearly two years ago and did whole house. I don't love any of it. Was way too reticent on colour. Have decided I love blues and nice vivid greens. What colours do I not have? Blues and nice vivid greens! And I have a Laura Ashley bedroom. I do love the wallpaper but went for matching curtains which are too insipid. Can't change them unless I change husband as they are second set of curtains in 18 months!

So my advice is to be brave! I now want to re do living room, hall, stairs and landing and main bedroom. And still have too magnolia bedrooms that need tackling.

Where are you living now btw? I lost track!

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 13:04:28

You need 'summer curtains'. He can't argue against that. Then forget to change back

In Scotland now. Hopefully for good.

Yes. Will be bold. Maybe

The Laura Ashley curtains are summer curtains really. The first set were John Lewis and far too heavy and bouffant. Yes bouffant. Went for the best lining and added to a fairly heavy fabric and nice (I thought!) pleating they were bouffant. Need to have them remade for spare bedroom. More money!

I think I am going to be brave with the wall colour. Went with one LA recommend to go with the wallpaper but it is too similar to the curtains. Need contrast. May try the Dulux app to see what they suggest. This is the paper and curtains.

LavenderBombshell Sun 03-Mar-13 13:41:55

I like the Benjamin colours , the browny grey one looks warmer to me .

Is the F&B browney grey colour you mentioned "Charleston Grey" . I am just about to have that in new house and think it is a fabulous colour .

MistyB Sun 03-Mar-13 14:00:41

We used highland falls in the last house but one and gooseberry fool in the last house (somehow the light made HF wrong for the second house but GF looked right).

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 14:17:05

that linked to the home page. What is the fabric called.

Am off to get some paint pots and see if I can find the tiles we chose. Just thought I should tie them in too.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 14:18:00

No, that is not it, Lavender. Will phone and ask.

It is difficult, isn't it? We did that in one house - the colour we chose just looked wrong on the wall.

Sorry - knew I'd mess it up! It's Nolita Smoke.

Tried the Dulux app but it's not getting the right colours. Will take a sample of the wallpaper to match the tailor made colour I think.

Anyway - sorry - didnt mean to derail your thread! Your thread has made me start to think seriously about what I don't like at the moment about our house so thanks!

LavenderBombshell Sun 03-Mar-13 17:19:51

Fair enough
Just posted on your other thread re lighting design which we are going through now - so if it helps do post questions .Although based on my previous responses you may not wish to grin

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 18:11:08

Ha. Lavender. Very decisive. Would welcome your input on lighting.

Have been to B&Q for some pots, and found saxe blue, which I thought might be similar to the Benjamin Moore colour, but is I think too dark. While browsing their website I came across Morris Blue which looks promising. I also found [[ Study Room Blue which is gorgeous but again not sure if too dark.

The company has a lot more than B&Q had in store, so will see if there is a showroom somewhere with a bigger selection.

jamaisjedors Sun 03-Mar-13 20:29:13

Can you get to a posh paint shop?

I am totally converted as the local one here (who does F&B and Little Greene) spent an hour with me choosing a colour for my kitchen which would go with the existing terracotta tiles (not an easy feat) and it looks fabulous.

She is now advising me about the bathroom colours.

Even though the paint is pricier, you wouldn't have to shell out for tons of sample pots and it's free(ish) interior design.

MistyB Sun 03-Mar-13 20:34:49

Love Morris Blue, book marking for next house!!

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 20:37:54

I am going to see where there is one. It is not exactly an area for posh paint shops round here. The folk who are coordinating the house renovation are doing the interior design thing but they don't have a painter in house.

I googled that company and found a painters and decorator website where they were all complaining about it being hellish to work with. Love the colour though.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 20:39:03

The Morrisblue is pretty much the Benjamin Morris one - I keep coming back to it.

Will upload photos of the other one, the Study Room Blue. It is gorgeous

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 20:39:49

Study Room Blue - just noticed that the link didn't work.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 20:48:31
jamaisjedors Sun 03-Mar-13 20:49:58

That's nice, little Greene have a couple of colours like that on their chart, you can order one online (but that doesn't get you the advice, does it?!)

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 20:53:22

Funnily enough, I was looking at Little Green to find a stockist nearby and there isn't one. There is one in Munich, where I will be for 2 weeks shortly, so might pop in there and ask for advice.

mathanxiety Sun 03-Mar-13 21:45:03

In a kitchen, your wall is going to be somewhat broken up by cabinets and fridge, perhaps a backsplash, so the effect of an entire room covered in the same colour isn't as marked.

Having said that, I used a non-descript gold-khaki colour for the window and back door walls of my former kitchen, with white tiles as backsplash behind stovetop and sink and between cabinets and countertop (unbroken swathe of subway tiles), white painted woodwork around windows and door, and had white cabinets and appliances, with burgundy paint for the little patches of exposed walls around the counter/fridge/area above the backsplash. The darker colour managed to transform the shape of the room somehow - made it seem bigger and square.

mathanxiety Sun 03-Mar-13 21:46:52

My current kitchen is a peachy yellow but it needs the brightness as it faces north and has a porch limiting the western light at the door end.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 21:52:07

We don't have much in the way of cabinets on the wall of the kitchen. plan here

The bottom right hand corner will have units with tambour doors to hide the fuse box, and provide space for the kettle and toaster. I though about painting the back wall a strong colour.

I have ordered a whole batch of Dulux testers, as they are on special offer at 3 for £1.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 21:54:19

Anyone used the Light and Space paints from Dulux? The kitchen is quite gloomy, despite big window. I have ordered a grey paint to try.

Celestial Cloud 2 quite close to the colour I am thinking of.

BerryLellow Sun 03-Mar-13 22:11:37

<butts into thread>

I have a bluey grey kitchen, painted one and a half walls with their blue reflection colour from the ready mixed chart. It's a room that gets no direct sun and it's not gloomy at all. I have got light worktops and pale grey gloss kitchen from howdens though, so there's a lot of reflection of light.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 22:49:39

That is interesting. The kitchen units are white, with a granite work top (or laminate if we run out of money!), very light grey floor tiles.

I can't wait.

Our (open plan) house is decorated sort of like the lake house scheme only more saturated. We have a slightly off-white for the ceiling.

This for the main walls

This is for our woodwork and the outside of our house (not actually painted but is matching plasterwork)

and our kitchen is maple with a sort of cross between a petrol and a duck egg blue.

Our bathrooms and the kids bedrooms are different but everything else is the same.

here it is. This is a very hacked pair of ikea shoe cabinets that I've been working on for the past two weeks.

ooh, that morris blue looks exactly like the colour of our kitchen. We mixed and matched from sample pots because we couldn't get the colour we wanted and then had it custom mixed.

That Celestial Cloud 2 is nice. My decorator didn't rate the Light and Space paints particularly. He reckoned there wasn't much difference between them and normal paints.

MmeLindor Mon 04-Mar-13 09:59:19

oh, love the shoe cabinet. Nice job, Spoony.

That is interesting, Buda. I haven't spoken to painter yet, so don't know what paints he wants to use.

jaynebxl Mon 04-Mar-13 12:02:25

Love the cabinet, Selfconfessed. What was the original ikea item?

Thanks smile They hold backpacks and sports bags and shoes too. Vair useful.

It was two of these that we made into one and cut down so they were less imposing in our hallway.

I also added fake drawer fronts which are really hard to see in the picture but show up well IRL. I joined the two tops together and filled them and used velcro to attach it (we need to be able remove it because the light cord goes behind it). I added a bunch of trim and new knobs (which I could only find in shiny brass so they got painted too.) I used left over wood from the conversion for the bag/dog leash hook.

spotty26 Mon 04-Mar-13 18:27:13

Ooooh love threads like this. My house is currently up for sale and is very like your lake colours. Check out my blog where I have posted loads of pics of the house over the last few years as well as other bits that inspire me. Have you seen the house in Something''s gotta give? Amazing and not scary like What lies beneath.

I also have an amazing book called Home which has colour schemes and storage ideas. Think it is American.

hippoCritt Mon 04-Mar-13 18:40:16

I found the Dulux lighT and space paints had a really patchy finish, I tried in on hall and stairs and also one bedroom, each time it had to be painted again.

spotty26 Mon 04-Mar-13 19:03:59

Ps I love Little Greene paints the best. A bit more forgiving than f and b.

MmeLindor Mon 04-Mar-13 20:24:32

I am moving in RIGHT NOW. I can offer £25 and an elastic band. That do you?

What is the grey colour on your walls? Have you used the same colour throughout?

MmeLindor Mon 04-Mar-13 21:47:37

Ok, kitchen is similar to this but with handles and is matt white not gloss. Tiles for the floor same shade, but again matt not shiny.

How do I prevent it looking too sterile?

how about doing a saturated version of one of the colours you like, for instance teal?

MmeLindor Mon 04-Mar-13 21:57:05

Yes, I think it needs a strong colour. I think with all the white surfaces, it should look ok with a dark wall. Really want to go with a v light grey for the other walls.

spotty26 Mon 04-Mar-13 22:19:05

Ahh thanks!

Loft bedroom and below dado in the hall is Cornforth White F and B
Bathroom French grey from LIttle Greene
Lounge Early Dawn Light Sanderson
Other bedroom is Crown Snowfall

MmeLindor Mon 04-Mar-13 22:21:41

Thanks. I am really glad you posted cause I was having trouble getting DH to agree to the grey walls. I hope that seeing your blog will help change his mind.

Windowbasket Tue 05-Mar-13 07:33:06

spotty, where is the wallpaper in the bedroom from - gorgeous! We have used cornforth white on cupboards in our dining room plus shaded white on the walls - looks really great.

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 10:26:08

I foresee lots of posts from people asking Spotty where she bought X in her house.

Am now considering not installing a bath, to the horror of MN. Might ask on twitter, where not all of those asked will be parents of young kids.

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 10:46:19

Oh, found out the colour that I really liked is Tanners Brown. Off to see what I can do with that!

spotty26 Tue 05-Mar-13 19:05:55

A few posts behind sorry... Wallpaper is Neisha Crosland. I love the greys greens and bluey hues. Grey is good because it goes with all the brights as well as muted colours. A pop of orange, pink or teal.

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 21:50:57

I have bought some F&B colours, and am feeling VERY MNetty.

Love the Cornforth White, am torn between Dix Blue and Green Blue.

cjel Tue 05-Mar-13 22:04:47

I'm afraid I had Joas white in two rooms in last house and have just done new kitchen in it as well!!!

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 22:28:18

I am tired of beige-y colours as we have a beige couch, and have had beige in previous houses. That is a nice colour though

cjel Tue 05-Mar-13 22:49:26

I know what you mean about beige, I have added so much more colour in the kitchen this time. I have a beige and white bathroom in this haouse and have put in bright spearmint accessories!!

MmeLindor Wed 06-Mar-13 11:00:56

oh, spearmint must be nice and fresh.

Am thinking I might go for Dix Blue in the living room and [[ Green blue in the kitchen.

The Cornforth White looks quite dark in the living room, but lighter in the hall which is actually a darker room. Might be because I have tested on the old anagypta paper?

MmeLindor Wed 06-Mar-13 11:02:25

We had a lot of problems finding the gold colour for our walls (which is actually a peachy colour but looks gold in our house). I saw a colour scheme in a magazine I loved and bought sample pots of it from BM. Painted them on the walls. The gold looked like primrose in parts of the house (exactly what I was trying to avoid) and the beautiful sagey green looked like prison grey. Yuck.

It took about ten to fifteen attempts for all the different colours but by then I'd wised up and instead of painting samples on the wall I painted a foam core board and moved it around the house. You might try that, it is a lot easier!

cjel Wed 06-Mar-13 17:37:47

I use lining paper then I can roll it up and keep it for other rooms

MmeLindor Wed 06-Mar-13 23:00:33

Good tip - all the walls are being papered and painted anyway so not really a problem.

Such fun. Spent DAYS agonising, comparing colours from several companies, sought expert advice on MN and Twitter.

Finally decided I want F&B Green Blue and Cornforth White and await arrival of husband to do battle.

He comes in. Takes one look, points
at aforementioned Green Blue and says, 'like that one in the middle best'.

He wasn't quite sold on C White till I showed him Spotty's blog. He loved the grey shades there so we are done.

Hurrah. Thanks all.

Now just have to sort out the lighting scheme, tiles, shower and bathroom fittings, kitchen and light switches.

cjel Thu 07-Mar-13 09:00:35

Love it when a plan starts to come together. Have been here since August and have ripped out 2 bedrooms bathroom and kitchen/diner. New heating electrics, doors and windows. Cleaned yesterday and couldn't understand why it was so easy - there were no piles of 'stuff' to move from one rm to another and whole place looked like mine!! I'm sure the rest will be a doddle!! although if you are like me the cheap lighting/tiles/ fittings etc. won't be just 'quite' right and you'll just have to have the dear one or it just won't look good!!!

MinimalistMommi Thu 07-Mar-13 10:06:15

I really dislike feature walls, I think they look out of date really quickly. blush

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 21:28:28

I am looking forward to that. I am constantly moving stuff from here to there and back again

Slight setback here. The kitchen has come in WELL over budget, and not the quality we would have wanted. ARGH x 3000

prettybird Fri 08-Mar-13 21:47:39

MmeLindor - nothing to do with home decorating ideas, but I'm glad I've "met" someone else who is as wimpy as me about scary movies.

Dh still winces at the memory of my nails digging into his hands from when we went to see Jurassic Park.

And I've never seen "Jaws" and never will

Friends at Uni used to refuse to sit next to me in the TV room while we were watching the original series of Star Trekblush as I would scare them by jumping when even not very scary things happened blushblush

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 21:51:07

lolol Prettybird. Did you make it through the whole of Jurassic Park though?

I can't want Bond movies either, cause they are too thrilling for me. I get a sore tummy from all the tension. <wimp emoticon>

prettybird Fri 08-Mar-13 22:04:40

I did make it all the way through - but with a number of nail digging incidents and a couple of screams in an an otherwise silent cinema blush

I now check out plots for potentially scary/thriller movies, so that I can decide whether I can go and reduce the fear factor grin

The Doctor Who episode "Blink" absolutely terrified me. It's amazing how essential it can become to make a cup of tea. wink

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 22:07:07

I still can't watch Dr Who.

There were children watching Jurassic Park and laughing at me


prettybird Fri 08-Mar-13 22:41:34

So, do you get mortally embarrassed on behalf of characters in sitcoms? That's my other oddity quirk blush

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 22:43:12

omg. I DO.

I have to turn off if too excruciating. Are you me?

prettybird Fri 08-Mar-13 23:23:36

I found out when studying French farce that you're supposed to find things like that funny 'cos you're glad it's not you. I don't - I identify with them and get upset on their behalf (like the Laurel and Hardy piano episode: it's just not fair !! hmm). confused

I'll leave the room if I think things are going to get embarassing.

I have to self-censor a lot. Even things like Monty Pythons I can't watch all of.

Jaynebxl Fri 08-Mar-13 23:48:40

Prettybird that is so true for me too! And probably why I can't stand French farce!

prettybird Sat 09-Mar-13 18:53:31

BTW MmeLindor, I am going to unashamedly use this thread for inspiration as our living room is needing brought up to date.

MmeLindor Sat 09-Mar-13 21:23:44

Go for it, Prettybird.

We were choosing radiators today. What a long time you can spend choosing something that you won't give a second glance to in 6 mths time

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now