Need to paint whole house and I want to paint most of it the same colour, one which is light but doesn't get too grubby too quickly ( 3 kids) - anyone got any ideas or even tips or even which paint to use?
Dulux endurance or diamond is supposed to be good for wiping marks off. I'm doing my hall, stairs and landing in dulux Almost Oyster. I've painted a few A4 sheets and stuck them all over the place and it's a nice neutral, light but still will contrast with the white skirting and architrave and go well with the oak doors and floors (hopefully). But that's just what I've got in my house. It doesn't seem to come in endurance but apparently a dulux decorating centre will make any paint colour in the diamond (so I've heard I haven't tried it myself).
If you want the same look throughout - then you should pick a colour that has shaded variants - so in brighter south facing rooms you use a deeper shade of that colour and in darker north facing or little natural light rooms you use the palest shade of that colour - when done well - the look of the colour will be consistent throughout the home this way ! Also if you keep any 'feature' colours within that spectrum ie a much darker shade on one wall or in alcoves etc it keeps it subtle - then add fresh colours in your accessories ( that can be changed with the season to keep an ever changing and interesting look ) this will keep your home feeling larger as all rooms will coordinate well and therefore flow better .HTH !
Most recently have done it with a Spanish paint company's paints - a bit like dulux where you have a colour that's then faded into about 6 shades - worked really well .... Did it in my own home with different colours that all looked like gradients of each other - Egyptian Cotton lightest, down to moles breath as darkest .. With a few in between ( Manor House grey and a mixed dulux one for the garden room that I've completely forgotten the name of !) all with bright white trims like skirting and windows etc !