Choosing paint colours

We are definitely a long way off painting our house. Heck, we don’t even have all our brick walls yet. Of course that hasn’t stopped me looking at every single shade of “white-ish”paint possible.

I can’t believe I never used to pay attention to the colours of people’s walls before!? Now it seems wherever I go, I always take note of the wall colour. Every display home, every friends home, every instagram post. I’m addicted!

The other half is taking full advantage of my current addiction as I no longer complain about having to go to Bunnings. “Just leave me in the paint swatch aisle and come and get me in half an hour…”. Can anyone relate?

However, as you have probably discovered yourself, paint swatches are nothing like the real thing. The best way to find a colour you love is to look at real life photos and lots of them! I have spent countless hours browsing online for paint colours and have created a Pinterest board of my favourites. If the display home is located in Perth, I even go check it out in the flesh.

We are doing our wall painting after handover so I have plenty of time to change my mind.. But I do know I want a white / grey neutral colour. And nothing too cool as I want to bring warmth to the home. But I don’t want a pink toned white, and I most certainly do not want anything that throws too much blue.

So here are a few of my favourites.

*Where the source is known I have linked the image to the website where I found the image so you can browse through more photos.
The Scullin - Wattyl Kitty Grey

Wall Paint: Solver – Kitty Grey (source: “Scullin” Display by Renowned Homes)

Paint: Wattyl Kitty Grey (Source: Celebrations Display Home - The Keaton)

Paint: Solver Kitty Grey (Source: Celebrations Display Home – The Keaton)

Collected Interiors home in Cottesloe

Paint: Dulux Whisper White (Source Unknown)

Inspirations Paint - Winter wishes

Paint: Inspirations Paint Winter Wishes (source: Inspirations website)

Paint: Dulux Whisper White (source: Dulux website)

Paint: Dulux Whisper White (source: Dulux website)

Paint: Dulux Whisper White (Source: www.housenerd.com)

Paint: Dulux Whisper White (Source: http://www.house-nerd.com)

Paint: Solver Floral White (source: Webb & Brown Neaves Display Montauk)

Paint: Solver Floral White (source: Webb & Brown Neaves Display Montauk)

Paint: Solver White Cliffs (Source: Dale Alcock Display - the Wisteria)

Paint: Solver White Cliffs (Source: Dale Alcock Display – the Wisteria)

Paint: Dulux Rottnest Island (source: Instagram: @designdevotee)

Paint: Dulux Rottnest Island (source: Instagram: @designdevotee)

Paint: Solver Southwards (source: Webb & Brown Neaves Display - the

Paint: Solver Southwards (source: Webb & Brown Neaves Display – the Islander)

And to throw something completely different in there. I also LOVE a dark grey wall, but I’m not sure I am brave enough to do it – maybe in the theatre room?

Paint: Dark feature colour is Dulux Raku and Dulux Lexicon White (source: Lee & Allan)

Paint: Dark feature colour is Dulux Raku and Dulux Lexicon White (source: Lee & Allan)

Tips when looking for a paint colour

  1. Have you found a wall colour on Instagram you love? Just politely comment and ask the user to share (I’m sure they will be flattered). I found the beautiful Rottnest Island colour by asking @designdevotee on Instagram 🙂
  2. Love the colour of a display home? Find a picture on social media and comment and ask them to share. I did this on the picture of the Scullin by Renowned Homes and found Solver Kitty Grey
  3. Browse display homes in your city so you can go check them out in the flesh. I LOVE all of the Webb & Brown Neaves display homes and need to schedule a weekend to check out their colour schemes.
  4. I’m going to wait until we are actually in the house and then paint swatches of my favourite colours on the walls to see them in different lights!

I’d love to know paint colours you love, so comment below.

House Progress: Bricks have commenced!

 

Progress has been great ever since our slab went down! Although, after waiting so long for titles, anything feels like progress. We even got excited when the portaloo was delivered to site..

Our slab went down on the 22nd July and bricks were delivered on the 7th August. Our bricklayers commenced on the 11th August and we were notified by our builder that it will take approximately 3-4 weeks. So hopefully we are at plate height by the 8th September.

Unfortunately, our site still isn’t energised so we are having to pay for the use of a generator as a variation. It was either this or hold up the build, which we weren’t prepared to do. Especially when our builder made sure all our admin was complete prior to settlement so upon settlement the construction phase could start. It is extremely frustrating as you would think when buying a block of land, all services would be in place.. To make matters worse, we can’t even contact Western Power directly to ask for an ETA for energisation as the project is under the developer’s name.

So a piece of advice when buying land off the plan – check your contract of sale! As ours clearly states that the land may or may not be energised at time of settlement. If it wasn’t in there, we could of passed on the cost of generator to the developer.

Anyway, I digress, as that is about the only negative to the build at this time. Everything else is going really well. We still visit the block at least 2-3 times a week and we have friends who live nearby who regularly provide updates, which is awesome.

A few photos of the build so far:

 

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