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If you were having an extension built... (Colour related)

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Karbea Fri 17-May-13 13:44:59

With quite a lot of remodelling.

Would you paint all the new/altered rooms in magnolia and wait and see what colours you fancied, or would you work it all out so the builders could paint it all for you once it was built in colours you think youll love or would you leave it all plaster for decorating later?

lostinindia Fri 17-May-13 13:53:08

Magnolia. It'll look great. Live in it for a few months. No need to rush decisions.

myron Fri 17-May-13 14:49:46

The more decision time you have, the longer you have to dither. Don't ask too many merely prolongs the agony of indecision. I chose all my shades from F&B and used their website suggestions of which shades went with which as a starting point. Good Luck.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Fri 17-May-13 14:59:21

Oh God, magnolia is DULL. Yellowy, ubiquitous, dullness.

Paint it lovely fresh colours smile.

Can you tell that I've been renting for too long?

Karbea Fri 17-May-13 15:10:09

I know I don't really want to paint them Magnolia but I'm finding it hard to pick.
I painted a few other rooms in f and b colours but have struggled to get matching fabrics, think I might have to start with the fabrics first...

JazzAnnNonMouse Fri 17-May-13 15:59:37

Anything but magnolia!!

iwouldgoouttonight Fri 17-May-13 16:05:47

We had this issue when we had an extension, choose a colour we thought we liked and after the painter had done half the room we decided we didn't like it at all and painted over it ourselves before he came back the next day blush

I'd do it in a neutral colour but not magnolia.

Why is magnolia called that anyway? We have a magnolia tree in our garden and it has green leaves and pink blossom, nothing like the yellowy paint colour [over thinks]

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 17-May-13 16:06:28

Only thing to bear in mind that as the plaster dries out, cracks will appear.

We built two new rooms and had every other room altered in some way/replastered (pretty much had the house rebuilt!) and there are cracks everywhere now. I chose colours for all the rooms but wish I'd stuck with magnolia for some of them as it would be much easier to touch up where the cracks are now.

Doesn't help that I had the biggest area (very long downstairs hallway that leads up into an open plan living room in the loft conversion) all one colour which was mixed specifically so I can't even buy the same shade now to reprint the worst bits!

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 17-May-13 16:06:38


cookingenthusiast Fri 17-May-13 16:14:40

Personally I think magnolia will look great. Perhaps you could paint three walls magnolia and the other wall a pretty minty/ turquoise colour.

myron Fri 17-May-13 17:03:09

My fairly neutral palette : -
Hallway & landing - Skimming Stone
Sitting Room - Blue Gray
Kitchen/Dining/Family (45ft x 18ft open plan) - Elephant's Breath
Study - Slipper Satin
Utility - Slipper Satin
Cloakroom - Slipper Satin

N.B Skimming Stone is definitely darker than Slipper Satin which was my default 'I am now fed up of choosing colours and making a myriad of decisions, let's just go with this one.'

Our bedroom is a beautiful Borrowed Light - love it. The rest were all painted with Slipper Satin (I just wanted it finished by that stage!)

We had the painters return 6 mths later to touch up the settlement cracks (all agreed upfront with our fab builder along with a 6 mth snagging/retention period). Another advantage of using one main contractor. HTH

7to25 Fri 17-May-13 17:59:40

if rooms will have fabric in them it is much easie to chose eg the curtains first and then match the paint to the curtains.
Magnolia reminds too many people of cheap rentals for it ever to be a good colour choice.

gremlinmum Fri 17-May-13 18:10:05

Just painted our extension in dulux natural calico and carried colour through to rest of house. So fed up buying tester pots having colours mixed and looking at every shade of cream!! Looks great and 10 litres for £25 bargain!! smile

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