I got paint called wash & wear by Dulux and it does indeed was off. Worth paying extra for to get off marks. We used wall decals, they look fabulous. cannot help with the warm neutral colour as we let the kids choose and used a putty colour through out ours with accent walls, so it may be a bit grey for you. I would go buy the tester pots as what works in someone else's house will look totally different in yours due to room shape, size & orientation.
I'd go for modern emulsion in the hallway rather than estate. much harder wearing and marks from prams etc can be washed off. slightly different finish (which some people don't seem to like) but I think it's worth it for the washability.
My DD's room has Oyster from Fired Earth. It is a lovely colour that looks nice for a child but with removeable wall stickers would still work for an older child or a teenager right up to an adult. Not saying it would last that long, just mean in case rooms were swapped etc not necessary to change it.
wow, thanks for all the advice!!! i have been distracted by going round to my new house and staring at it lots. i love it! (although now it's empty all the scuffs and marks are driving me nuts). Can't wait to get the decorators in.
Coansha, would love to see the diner but for some reason can't access your profile! I'll try to work out where i am going wrong.
We are definitely doing wall stickers, I absolutely love them. i am liking oyster, i think it might tone in very well. i need to get some samples very urgently...
Wow, we are so over the moon to finally have a home of our own. True FTBs!
I have tried to add pic again, under name lounge /diner in my profile (nothing else there honest!!) good luck and enjoy your new home , mine has just gone on market and am looking fwd to move back to Uk.