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Argh I had settled on Dulux Timeless for living room but due to great MN advice I think I need something darker - please help!

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IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 13:12:02

OK so this is the black wall thing again. Someone on my other thread pointed out that if off-white is next to a black wall (and also underneath on the cupboards in our case) it will look a lot whiter due to the contrast.

We'd chosen Timeless because it was a soft off-white. What can I use instead that's soft and light but clearly a neutral, so it won't look bright white against the black? A light stone or something?


justaweeone Mon 24-Mar-14 13:13:38

Crown stone white

anchovies Mon 24-Mar-14 13:13:59

Natural calico?

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 13:16:11

Ooh I think we might have had calico before. Will check those out.

burnishedsilver Mon 24-Mar-14 18:17:21

Dulux Soft Hessian is lovely with black.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 18:49:17

Ooh is it? I don't want to go too warm or sandy looking. Bloody neutrals!

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 21:38:15

OK natural hessian looks a bit too brown I think; any other ideas?

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 21:49:00

Stone white looks quite nice actually. We have F+B Skimming Stone in our bedroom and it's lovely - but really can't stretch to F+B for this big room!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 24-Mar-14 21:54:15

I've got Timeless in my living room. Was hoping for a room bathed in soft creamy white. Have almost a stark white living room. Too big a room to bother doing it again. Looks quite fresh and bright, I'll give it that.

justaweeone Mon 24-Mar-14 22:01:34

Have used both timeless and stone white in the house.
Have stone white in the kitchen (big room) with kitchen units and panelling painted in f and b hardwick a strong colour
Bedroom has lots of grey furniture and black snd white floral curtains ,4 windows and looks lovely.
Hall,stairs and landing is quite dark so has timeless which works

DIddled Mon 24-Mar-14 22:04:03

Egyptian cotton- we have just done kitchen/diner- nice.sort of creamy/greyish.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 24-Mar-14 22:05:23

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 22:12:18

This is such useful information! Right Timeless is sacked. Stone white/egyptian cotton are contenders although I'm a little concerned about the egyptian cotton being too warm. This is hurting my head!

burnishedsilver Mon 24-Mar-14 22:24:39

Sorry, I'm using the dulux Irish colour chart. I hasn't realised until now that it is different to the UK chart. I dont think soft Hessian and natural Hessian are the same thing. If Egyptian cotton is the same there a real yellow thinge to it.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 22:33:40

OK so that might make stone white the only contender? Ooh actually what about Just Walnut? We have that in the spare room and it's very much a neutral as in you'd never notice it but it's clearly not white. Could it work against black?

PartyFops Mon 24-Mar-14 22:36:04

Dulux ivory lace?

IHeartKingThistle Mon 24-Mar-14 22:50:04

Hmm I think that looks too peachy!

TheArticFunky Mon 24-Mar-14 23:12:44

We had jasmine white in our bedroom - can't remember if it is dulux or crown.

IHeartKingThistle Tue 25-Mar-14 17:00:43

Hello to anyone who still cares about this! OK so bought my bodyweight in tester pots and have painted pieces of paper next to bits of the black colour.

Our homebase does not have Stone White!

Natural hessian, jurassic stone and nutmeg white all too dark/brown. Contenders are Just Walnut, Polished Pebble, Egyptian Cotton and Snowfall by Crown. Egyptian cotton is the darkest of these but they all look pretty ok against the black.

The complicating factor is that we want to use whatever neutral we pick on all the built in shelves and cupboards, and the wall behind the bookcase is going to be painted in a rather gorgeous yellow ochre. You'll only see flashes of it but I guess it can't clash with the neutral!

Has anyone used one of my top 4? How dark does Egyptian cotton look on the wall?


spotty26 Tue 25-Mar-14 18:28:26

Dusted Moss 3! Is great pale greyish white and looks good with ochre!

spotty26 Tue 25-Mar-14 18:29:22

Ps I vote snowfall, love that colour, almost identical to my suggestion about. Very Cornforth White from f and b...

justaweeone Tue 25-Mar-14 19:30:16

I vote for dusted moss 3
Just found this picture
Love it!!!

DIddled Tue 25-Mar-14 21:31:27

Does this help any- Egyptian cotton? But in
Electric light- I can take one in
Normal light tomorrow if you want?

ScrambledSmegs Tue 25-Mar-14 21:51:43

Egyptian cotton is actually quite a light, cool colour - we have it in our bedroom and it's lovely, not dark at all.

IHeartKingThistle Tue 25-Mar-14 22:29:59

Wait...WE CAN DO PICTURES??? How exciting! Thanks so much everybody, I really appreciate all the help. One of these will be great, and hey, with a black wall in front of them no-one's going to walk in and say 'Hmmm, not sure that's the right beige...' surely? grin

Next question - how important is getting endurance/wipeable paint for a living room with a 7 year old and a 4 year old?

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