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.
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?
Tips when looking for a paint colour
- 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 🙂
- 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
- 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.
- 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.