Life or death emergency paint thread about overly priced paint shades

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BletheringHeights Thu 10-Sep-20 12:00:49

Yes, put down everything you're doing and answer this vital question about Little Greene shades

1. sitting room painted in Little Greene French Grey Pale
2. Rest of house (4 bed fifties red brick semi) painted with Johnston's cova plus to match French Grey Pale
3. About to sell as we've seen next dream project but first getting oak veneer floor put in downstairs. (tully smoked oak)
4. Want to give sitting room a fresh coat of paint - do I order the French Grey Pale from LG OR is everyone so sick of grey that I could go with pale pink similar to calamine from F&B or is that just too out there for buyers? Adjoining kitchen is dulux morning light, plain and simple light yellowy cream.

although all walls mostly in house are grey, we have a navy sofa, f&b treron and de nime painted furniture etc, it's not like grey with grey sofas, grey cushions grey mcgreyface if you see what i mean.

Also I don't mind spending the money on the paint as it's one room and I'm doing the work myself. just half repainted a relative's house and out of zinsser, dulux timeless, johnstones and f&b (all left over from various projects) i found, as I always seem to, that f&b is far and away the easiest and most pleasant to work with and gave the best coverage in fewest coats. Least spatter, least smell and easiest cleanup. I genuinely don't understand professional decorator's issues with it.

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Mamette Thu 10-Sep-20 12:19:22

I would go grey again, it’s a much safer bet than pink if you’re about to go on the market.

MrsLorenson Thu 10-Sep-20 12:38:19

Depends on your target market and the aspect of the room. What will enhance it the most - warm or cool tone? No trend lasts forever; where might you potential buyers be in respect of its arc?

BletheringHeights Thu 10-Sep-20 13:26:11

I think prospective buyers are very ordinary, hardworking families. I'm in NI so the trends are sometimes a wee bit behind say London - in looking at about a million houses recently the trend for beige-cream large polished bathroom tiles is only just turning to subway tiles and patterned floors. We have done a lot of renovation to the house but all of it is to make it appeal in a safe, steady comfy home type of way - nicely decorated but practical. It only has one bathroom which is its big drawback, but room to install one if it had a kitchen extension which there is plenty of room to do and lots of other people on the road have.

Grey it is then!

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Persipan Thu 10-Sep-20 15:31:57

I found F&B absolutely horrific to paint with, so to each their own, I suppose!

LividLaughLovely Thu 10-Sep-20 15:41:13

I think stick with the grey. And we need photos. Lots of photos.

snowspider Thu 10-Sep-20 16:36:17

Farrow and Ball Peignoir is nice, just on the pink but not far from grey. I'd move off grey if repainting. But get it mixed in the Johnson's for coverage.


BletheringHeights Thu 10-Sep-20 16:46:53


I found F&B absolutely horrific to paint with, so to each their own, I suppose!

Isn't it so funny, for ages I thought it MUST be more difficult but I really do find it easier! I wonder why, I am clearly the only one!

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AmandaHugenkiss Thu 10-Sep-20 17:03:50

My DP is very keen to paint our next place entirely in F&B as he’s had such good results on the occasions he’s used it in the past. He doesn’t get the negativity either 🤷🏼‍♀️

sbplanet Thu 10-Sep-20 18:56:52

Grey as a main colour is so miserable - don't care if it's trendy or not! TBH I'd go for the trendy version of magnolia. And I wouldn't go LG we put it on several places walls/woodwork and I'm not impressed with it's coverage or longevity.

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