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Do you have a colour palette for your house? And if so, what?

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Moominmalarky Tue 06-May-14 13:08:28

We're moving soon into a 'forever home' and I'm very excited about being able to decorate over the coming years, working my way around the house. I really like the idea of having a palette of shades that are used in all of the rooms to give a harmonious feel. I currently really like grey but worried it will date quickly.

Cream is nice but I have a toddler!

Inspire me please! Any colour suggestions and how you incorporate them greatly appreciated!

Icelollycraving Thu 22-May-14 11:35:57

Cream,grey,black. It's a new build so cream walls are a given! Cream flooring,although changing the living room to dark grey carpet soon.

Hogwash Thu 22-May-14 12:04:05

I think it depends on what light you have coming into the house as to what colours look good. We have a lot of white walls (well, as white anything can be with three young boys!) and on the north facing side of the house the white looks a bit grey, whereas on the other side, it looks bright and fresh. In hindsight, we should have gone for off-white or cream.

I wouldn't worry about the toddler - I don't think any colour apart from mud-brown is toddler proof. Periodically we run over ours with a roller to make them white again.

forago Thu 22-May-14 12:07:10

mine is whites and brights throughout - I don't care how fashionable/not fashionable it is, it's what I like.

I think what you're planning is a good idea. In a previous house I chose different colour for the walls in each room and it looked a bit odd in hindsight. I think I prefer one paint colour throughout (the living areas anyway)

Bonsoir Thu 22-May-14 12:11:34

I don't think I have a colour palette "for my house", but I do (very much) have a colour palette for me and inevitably my home environments reflect that.

I like velvets, flowery brocades, gold, silver, natural materials...

ggirl Mon 26-May-14 13:03:34

No colour palette chosen but after yrs of hotch potch of decorating I decided to use pale blue , cream.white and sand for the downstairs cos I really like the calm colours. It's fairly y neutral so other things like art work we've had for yrs fits in well.

Going to do out bedroom soon and dh rolling how eyes cos I'm planning same sort of colours but with dark wood furniture.

soontobeslendergirl Mon 26-May-14 20:42:18

I decorate my house in colours I look good in - it works for me smile

InteriorsMum Thu 29-May-14 14:26:49

We don't have a palette at home, my tastes are so eclectic we'd be constantly redecorating! All our walls are white - love white - colour is added with "stuff".

If going for colour the main thing to remember is to keep the tone of colours in different rooms the same so when you move from one room to the next its not jarring if that makes sense. So don't have pastel in one room and then a bright colour in the next, go for all subtle or all brightnot a mix.

soontobeslendergirl Thu 29-May-14 17:00:57

So don't have pastel in one room and then a bright colour in the next, go for all subtle or all brightnot a mix. I agree with this mostly, but you can get away with a brighter version of a colour you already have in an adjoining room.

My house is mainly pale greens and pale aqua type blues but son's bedroom has a couple of walls done in a deeper teal blue which doesn't jar as although it is deeper and stronger, it is on the same pallete.

OscarWinningActress Thu 29-May-14 17:03:30

We have a palette. It's rainbow. My house is like walking into a bag of skittles.

BackforGood Thu 29-May-14 17:32:05

No - each room is a stand alone. The dc have chosen the colours for their bedrooms, and I've chosen depending on things like the light, and the use of the area for all other rooms.

Suzietwo Sat 31-May-14 07:36:15

A colour scheme chosen by a 2 year old, maybe.

Acid yellow kitchen, forest green living room and shit brown bog

BellaOfTheBalls Sat 31-May-14 07:41:43

Magnolia and beige. With a hint of Jackson Pollock thanks to DS2. angry

The magnolia is not through choice, it's rented and I'll be damned if I'm paying to decorate it to my taste then paying again to put it back to magnolia when we move out.

In my dream house it'll be a shabby chic/vintage haven & a red/white/navy in DC's bedrooms.

roadtripper Thu 05-Jun-14 09:17:25

I like old things so we have a lot of farrow and ball sludgy colours. Sounds nicer than it is. grin

LadyWithLapdog Sat 14-Jun-14 05:46:50

Previous owners have done the house in duck blue. It was v nice when we moved in but after three years I fancy a change.

BreakOutTheKaraoke Tue 17-Jun-14 21:34:09

I have lots of greens- bright lime in the kitchen, teal in the hallway, willow in the living room, jade in the bedroom. I try and tie them in with flooring. My kitchen and hallways have the same tiled floor, similar in the bathroom, cream carpets in the living room and stairs, and will be in the bedrooms too when I can afford it!

monkeymamma Wed 18-Jun-14 19:54:45

I'm shamelessly going for grey. What can I say, I'm easily led and a slave to fashion :-) it's such a good neutral though and more toddler proof than cream, IMO. (We've chosen so much grey for our new house that when I went with dh to choose a birthday present - for me - and wanted some grey shoes his comment was 'hmmm, a bold choice.' Me (excited): 'oh do you think so?' Him: 'no.')

After a bit of time I want to go for some pinks and cream accents in the lounge, offset by the grey, natch, and I was going to do duck egg and grey in our bedroom but am swithering towards yellow and grey right now. Ds's room will be primaries and his younger siblings will depend on results of 20week scan, heheh. We've got patterned curtains, bumpers etc from ds's old nursery and I can pull out a sagey green for a boy, pink for a girl. (Shhh don't tell anyone but I secretly love pink.)

roadtripper your house sounds lush!

soontobe I think I do the opposite! I look crap in lovely pale colours like sea green, pink, oatmeal (only really suit black, white, navy, bright pink etc) so because I have to avoid them in my wardrobe I max them out in my decor :-)

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