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Can i paint a north facing living room with grey? Does a warm tone exist?

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ihatethecold Sat 22-Mar-14 12:26:27

i really want to revamp the the living room.
currently i have a feature wall in plum/purple, oak floors , brown leather sofas. it looks warm and cosy but its been like this for a few years and i fancy a change.

I was thinking of grey and pale blue but its north facing. Does any paint company do a warm tone of grey. not too dark?

boobyooby Sat 22-Mar-14 12:27:16

try Dulux Classic Wishing Well.

ihatethecold Sat 22-Mar-14 12:32:02

Thank you.
Have you used it?
I just googled it. obv i cant really tell what its like from my screen.
but it looks nice

boobyooby Sat 22-Mar-14 12:34:22

Yes, we painted our dining room in it ..... and everyone comments what a lovely grey it is. Room only gets sunshine late afternoon too. I'm very pleased with it too grin

boobyooby Sat 22-Mar-14 12:35:36

Oh and we have oak dining table and sideboard with brown leather chairs.

crumpet Sat 22-Mar-14 12:45:32

Dulux potters clay might be worth a look

KhloeKardashian Sat 22-Mar-14 12:47:17

I have F&B Manor House Grey, my family were horrified when they saw the tin opened, they loved the end result.

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Sun 23-Mar-14 14:50:34

Pearl by little greene is grey with blue undertones. You can get different strengths of colour

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Sun 23-Mar-14 14:54:20

Just read your post again. I'd pair various blues with an aged warm white colour personally. Will give it a nautical feel colour wise.

ihatethecold Sun 23-Mar-14 17:21:38

So I went to F&B today, I looked at the manor house grey plus some others by Provincial.
I'm just not sure now.
I really like the colours but I think it will look too cold.
There is plenty of light but no sunshine at all. It's truly north facing.

I'm just bored of what I've got already.

What would go with brown flooring and brown leather sofas?

I'm happy to buy new curtains and cushions and paint the fireplace wall to give a new look.
The rest of the room is neutral.

The dog is also brown!

Unfortunately I can't afford a new sofa!

truelymadlysleepy Sun 23-Mar-14 17:27:49

What about F&B Blackened? It looks grey in some lights, blue in others.

ihatethecold Sun 23-Mar-14 17:59:08

Will google that thanks

ihatethecold Sun 23-Mar-14 18:01:15

Why did I expect that to be dark?

poorincashrichinlove Sun 23-Mar-14 18:17:59

F&B Elephants Breath looks very different on the wall than on the paint chart. It's very warm and has an almost lilac hue at certain times.

SilverSixpence Sun 23-Mar-14 20:33:11

I'm doing mine in Pavilion grey - it is a warm grey and looks beautiful on the walls

ContentedSidewinder Sun 23-Mar-14 20:50:42

I am sure F&B Elephant's breath was recommended on here by a property developer for north facing rooms with plum accent colours.

The best thing you can ever do is invest in tester pots, paint 8 sheets of A4 white paper and then put them on each wall but right at the corner of the room. You will be amazed how the light affects the tone.

Here is my north facing kitchen (looking at the end that gets none, but we get the sun at the bottom end due to the position of the house.

The wall colour is Dulux grey Steele 2 which is a mixed paint.

MarshaBrady Sun 23-Mar-14 20:52:05

If most things are brown how about something very warm like F&B Pointing?

nonicknameseemsavailable Sun 23-Mar-14 21:02:55

what about a sort of taupey grey? I don't have one in mind but it might be a good colour to look at.

nonicknameseemsavailable Sun 23-Mar-14 21:04:28

or what about using grey but having mustard/yellow accents? that would definitely warm it up.

Confuseddd Wed 26-Mar-14 17:25:24

I wouldn't use grey personally. What about a pastel shade of apricot, yellow, green or pink. Chalky Downs by Dulux, linnet or clay by little Greene. Will tone with the brown Furniture. Use a stronger matching shade for cushions to pull it together.

MillyMollyMama Wed 26-Mar-14 18:15:48

We have used Cornforth White by F and B on a North facing bedroom wall. It looks great and can be warmed up with pinks, oranges and yellow/greens. (Not all together though).

ihatethecold Wed 26-Mar-14 19:35:42

I'm not keen on yellow tones or colours.
I'm also thinking that grey would be better on the soft furnishings.

Beccadugs Wed 26-Mar-14 19:45:39

I was going to recommend F&B Blackened, and see someone already has. Our sitting room is north facing, and it's a tiny bit lillac-y, definitely grey, which makes it warm.

burnishedsilver Wed 26-Mar-14 22:04:02

I just got a tester pot of dulux cloudburst which was recommended on another thread as a good grey. It looks brownish on my walls. Its a kind of 'greige'. It might marry together your brown belongings and your hankering for grey.

PoppyAmex Thu 27-Mar-14 07:35:22

Another vote for Blackened; but you really need a tester as it looks completely different on a screen.

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