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Domesticdunce Fri 19-Apr-19 18:43:32

My house has very dark grey walls and I want them all very light. I want to do everything white but which white should I choose? I need to buy furniture but I don't know what to get because I find the darkness of my environment very depressing. Please help me. I hate my house.

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crumpet Fri 19-Apr-19 18:48:05

I’ve just had stairs/landing painted in dulux timeless and am really pleased with it. I have F&B (not white) elsewhere and this doesn’t jar at all with whichever room comes off it.

tenbob Fri 19-Apr-19 18:48:46

How much do you want to spend?

Standard white paint is quite a bit cheaper than whites-with-a-hint-of-something-else

Domesticdunce Fri 19-Apr-19 18:55:21

I don't want standard contractor white. I need an off-white but don't know what to get. I don't have a F&B budget but I could afford dulux level.

I need curtains but I can't imagine having coloured curtains against white walls. I'm so ground down by the darkness I can't imagine.

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joggerbottom Fri 19-Apr-19 18:56:59

Do you like warm or cool colours op?

Domesticdunce Fri 19-Apr-19 18:57:20

Thank you. Does the timeless look significantly different from white? My last house was all brilliant white from new and it looked totally clinical but this is so much worse.

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Domesticdunce Fri 19-Apr-19 19:05:10

I really don't know what I like. I've never had the opportunity to choose my own colours before so I have never thought about it. I have lived with the grey for so many years.

My parents have offered to buy me brown leather sofas and I have turned them down because the brown won't go with the grey. I suppose I would say warm then really. I would be ok with a tan leather sofa but I can't afford one. I can't get a fabric one ad my kids will wreck it sad Would a leather sofa look weird with white walls?

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joggerbottom Fri 19-Apr-19 20:16:41

Have a look on Pinterest - loads of ideas on there. I searched for white living room and hundreds of pics on there to get inspiration.

I'm looking at colours for my hallway at the moment and I would love to go for white, but with small kids they will absolutely wreck the clean, crisp look within a day!

Domesticdunce Sat 20-Apr-19 08:11:58

Thanks. Trying to get registered on pinterest now.

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cansu Sat 20-Apr-19 08:18:51

I have painted most of my house just walnut. It goes with anything and is dulux. When you start painting it looks pinkish bit dries to a very light white grey.

dudsville Sat 20-Apr-19 08:24:11

Ah op, you will love it so much. 5 years ago my neighbours went from grey to white. It was shocking as everyone had variations of grey. Initually it looked harsh to me and like a museum but i quickly grew to love it. Since then most people i know have switched over to variations of white and it's very pretty. We've just had the decorators on and painted ours Timeless and i find i didn't need to do any other decorating, everything we had made the transition from grey (granted, it was a pale grey) to white.

sunnyshowers Sat 20-Apr-19 08:27:28

I 've f& b on my wood work. I just changed it a few weeks ago and omg it's fab colour wise. HOWEVER it chips like mad. I prepared well and put a coat of BIN on first (undercoat) and still it's not lasting. my sister used colour trend...hers are perfect and she's got small kids.
I do use colour trend on my walls and it's fab. I get it mixed in the shop to F&B colours though.
the difference it's made is UNREAL.

Domesticdunce Sat 20-Apr-19 08:28:42

I don't currently have furniture other than some brown bookcases which I don't like so I am starting from scratch.

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sunnyshowers Sat 20-Apr-19 08:33:07

before and after

sunnyshowers Sat 20-Apr-19 08:36:43

just copped you meant white walls sorry.
we went green but it's v soothing and I love it...not any use to you though sorry

Stripyhoglets Sat 20-Apr-19 21:53:39

Timeless is a creamy white. We had it in several rooms and it went with everything. We only changed as it needed decorating and we wanted a change (to pale grey or colours the kids wanted in their rooms!) But I did like timeless as a versatile neutral colour.

Stripyhoglets Sat 20-Apr-19 22:09:51

Id advise if going over dark grey. Undercoat with plain white cheaper paint. Then 2 coats of final colour. Will save you money as two coats over dark grey not likely to be enough.

OpalTree Sun 21-Apr-19 23:37:54

When i was choosing white paint i googled mumsnet threads on the subject and loads of people said Dulux Timeless, so i went with that and am very happy with it.

7Days Sun 21-Apr-19 23:45:46

A creamy white like Timeless will make such a change, OP, it'll be lovely.
My house has lots of light grey, and it is nice in fairness. But my mum has just painted a dark room in a creamy white and it's so uplifting. The sun comes in for only about an hour a day (it's actually breathtaking with the sunbeams for that hour) lovely and fresh all the time. Beautiful with lamps in the evening.

gc1967 Mon 22-Apr-19 17:54:41

I have been a Painter and Decorator for 33 years, and I have got to say 1 of my most favourite colours to paint with is timeless, some people think its just white its not, put a brushfull of timeless paint next to a white ceiling and you will see the difference.
Professional opinion buy it from a decorating trade centre rather than a diy shop as trade is far superior than diy, even if they both say Dulux on the can they are different, trade will cover in 2 coats where as diy you could have to apply 3 - 4 coats.
Very best of luck with your project.

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