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.

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8 thoughts on “Choosing paint colours

  1. Johanne says:

    You’ve done well to find a good collection. I found it difficult to find examples knowing that I was limited to Solver Paints. Are you painting yourself or is it included? Are you constrained by a brand? I love all your examples. I have chosen kitty grey (but Solver not Wattyl??) In your first photo, I think it throws a smidgeon of green but I’m OK with that. Reminds me of olive leaves or Eucalypts. I spent months stalking and asking too.

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    • ASHLEE says:

      Hi Johanne, oops that’s a typo by me. It’s definitely a solver colour! I’ve just changed it 🙂
      Haha, yes the stalking has reached a whole new level. I’m now a pro at refining keywords to find paint colours used in display homes.

      I do love Kitty Grey – it’s a beautiful colour and I quite like the earthy tone it has.

      We are painting ourselves – so the options are somewhat endless….

      I can’t wait to see your home done in Kitty Grey. It might just convince me to do the same!

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  2. andyrach says:

    Why have you guys decided to paint after hand over? And will you plan to do the painting yourselves or will you hire a painter?

    We kept everything really basic and will use a mixture of wall paper and paint for feature walls.
    We choose Dulux Vivid White for the ceiling, skirtings, architraves and Dulux White Duck Quarter for the walls.
    Metricon wanted $185 per wall for them to add another colour to the room.

    As much as painting is the worst job ever, for $185 per wall we have decided to hire someone after hand over or do it ourselves….

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    • ASHLEE says:

      Hi Rach,
      Wall painting isn’t included in our build. Or if we wanted it to be the builder was going to charge 7k! So we will definitely be able to get someone to do it after handover for a lot less. But I think we will do it ourselves. Our parents have said they will help us paint – so we will see how we go. It’s about the only job the other half isn’t keen on doing and would rather pay for! 😁
      Dulux white duck was another colour on my list. It’s lovely ☺️

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      • andyrach says:

        Wow, $7k sounds like a lot. You may even get a better paint job by doing it after hand over. In other blogs I have read of people being able to wipe the paint off because it hasn’t been done well.

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    • ASHLEE says:

      Friends of mine have used tranquil retreat throughout their place and it looks amazing!!
      We should reach plate height this week and our upper floor trusses will also be delivered by Friday! Where are you building? 🙂

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