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N0tfinished Wed 21-Sep-16 13:50:36

We did a biggish refurb lately & now need to redecorate practically all of our house.

My head is wrecked trying to choose paint colours. I'm close to repainting the previous colours just so I'm done with it! My favourite ever was this colour in my sitting room but it seems very out of fashion now.

I'm trying to like this new grey thing, but I don't. I live in Ireland, where the sky is varying shades of grey 75% of the year, so I don't think I need it on my walls. I gravitate to sage greens/duck egg blues but I'm concerned they're a little dated now. That was all very 2000's wasn't it?

It's so unclear which undertones go together! Im bankrupting myself buying tester pots hmm

Are there any tricks to choosing paint colours & how to get the right undertone?

cocodidit1 Wed 21-Sep-16 13:54:43

I am also in ireland and have chosen dapple grey by Dulux for my kitchen.

It looks white when you re putting it on but actually its a really light soft bluey grey. Apparently grey works really well if you can see grass/foliage from the window of the room.
i think it looks fab with white skirting and doorframes

Hope this helps you a bit, it aint easy picking colours

Thelovecats Wed 21-Sep-16 15:17:54

I love my grey walls with a slight green to it- I used dulux dusted moss 3. Photo against pure white woodwork for comparison smile

Thelovecats Wed 21-Sep-16 15:19:57

I live in the middle of the Irish Sea so I get the no grey thing, but we have oak floor so that warms it up. I couldn't see the link of your favourite colour sorry

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Wed 21-Sep-16 15:26:51

Dulux dusted moss is lovely.

Our problems with finding grey paint have revolved around avoiding the ones that are essentially lilac. Too many of them are once you put them on the wall.

Thelovecats Wed 21-Sep-16 15:31:42

Definitely. I once used perfectly taupe, and that was def lilac. I have timeless in the rest of the house (unoriginal me!) but it's a great neutral. Very pale cream colour.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Wed 21-Sep-16 15:39:03

Even if there isn't any hint of lilac on the paint chart, so often you get home with the tester pot and it's yet another bloody shade of lilac.

I guess other people must really like lilac.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Wed 21-Sep-16 15:41:47

We just had the hall painted in dulux polished pebble, which is a very light grey.

Tbh, I like greens/teals. Our living room is a lovely real shade (weirdly called sky blue by dulux) that gets compliments from everyone.

MiaowTheCat Wed 21-Sep-16 15:46:02

We're currently thinking a bluey-toned grey - we've gone for teal and pink accessories so it won't look too bleak with those to contrast it.

FoxesOnSocks Wed 21-Sep-16 15:53:42

Also in Ireland and head wrecked with paint colours. Also would like to avoid lilac.

I can't even decide what colour - let alone which of the 1,000,000,000,001 shades of the colour once decided.

Like the Dulux Dusted Moss!!

imwithspud Wed 21-Sep-16 15:59:33

I am planning on painting our chimney breast a light/sage green type colour at the weekend. Didn't realise it was out of fashion nowblush I couldn't see the colour you linked in your op though, any chance you could re post?

FinallyHere Wed 21-Sep-16 16:22:07

Our current house has only ever had the walls painted ivory creme. I like it, and it works with all my colours. Who cares about 'fashion' colours, for clothes, never mind the house.

N0tfinished Wed 21-Sep-16 16:26:21

The link brings you to the home page, sorry. The colour is Biscuit Break by colourtrend. I am attaching a pic

imwithspud Wed 21-Sep-16 16:28:00

I really like that, nice and neutral. It wouldn't work in our house due to crap natural lighting.

N0tfinished Wed 21-Sep-16 16:28:02

The link brings you to the home page, sorry. The colour is Biscuit Break by colourtrend. I am attaching a pic hopefully

N0tfinished Wed 21-Sep-16 16:45:35

Looks more neutral in the pic. It's quite warm IRL

Afternoondelights Wed 21-Sep-16 19:32:07

I could have written your post op! Also in Ireland, not mad about greys either. After much, much deliberation I've decided (I think) to go for a navy feature wall (dulux sapphire salute) with a biscuity colour for the other walls, a massive mirror on the feature wall. Hall will be crown Milltown sand, haven't decided on bathroom yet. I can't think about paint anymore, it hurts my head!!'

JedRambosteen Wed 21-Sep-16 19:38:31

We've just done a large area in Archive by Farrow & Ball, which is a warm milky caramel colour. The decorator said it was surprisingly nice on our walls.

LugsTheDog Thu 22-Sep-16 10:49:04

Do one room in your favourite colour - who cares? Or how about Dulux Egyptian Cotton or Crispy Crumble for ?updated similar ideas

crispy crumble

I like the idea of navy with the biscuity colour.

We have decided tester pots depend too much on the current colour of the walls, so we are trying to be a bit braver and go more from chart to whole room without a gazillion testers. I painted one room Overtly Olive (dulux) recently and I wasn't at all sure from the tester, but it was lovely when all done.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Thu 22-Sep-16 14:01:39

I agree. Paint it whatever colour you like. It makes no difference if grey is more fashionable or not. It's your walls.

If you love that colour, then use it.

LugsTheDog Thu 22-Sep-16 14:25:54

Grey's been around for a while now, it'll go out of fashion at some point and you'll be ahead of the next trend!

However I'm having similar trouble making decisions on our hall and playroom. I'm a bit over beige, I fancy grey carpets but then what colour for the walls? And DH and I are struggling to agree which makes it twice as hard.

Glasgowgal2 Fri 30-Sep-16 02:26:05

I just did my living room in mellow sage (crown) as a feature wall with timeless (colour matched from dulux) on other walls - the sage is set off lovely with brilliant white woodwork and fire surround...

going for soft duck egg (crown) and timeless in bedroom

Decorator said grey is very in but just go with what is pleasing to your eyes

N0tfinished Fri 30-Sep-16 07:47:37

Thanks! I've finally made a choice, Nordic White from Colourtrend which is a taupe with a little green in it, and spinifex which deeper version and quite similar. These will be in adjoining rooms. My kitchen colour narrowed it down for me. I was in one of my pilgrimages to the paint shop & met a colour specialist who helped a lot. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

Linpinfinwin Fri 30-Sep-16 16:53:49

Well done OP! Can I be nosey and ask what colour your kitchen is?

I'm considering a similar colour but I can't figure out what carpet colour would work.

N0tfinished Fri 30-Sep-16 19:57:44

Hi, the kitchen cabinets are another Colourtrend shade called warm cream. According to the specialist, that shade has quite a bit of lemon in it? News to me, I thought it was just a cream colour...

Anyway she pointed out the 'matching' options & sent me off with more tester pots. I'm decorating 3 adjoining rooms so I wanted them to be tonal.

Started prepping walls today, have to do the ceiling too confused

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