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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by robbie_p, 1st Mar, 2016.

  1. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I am going to be painting my kitchen area, meals, dining, lounge area (pretty much my whole house) and I need to decide on paint colour for these areas (which will probably be the same).

    As you can see from the attached pics, I have a new kitchen installed (which is very white), the tiling has started today (tile colour is grey / concrete in colour – see attached).

    Previously the house had ugly black slate flooring and still has walls with a yellow tinge, so being so put off by this, I am looking for a paint that is bright, crisp and white.

    On the trims I have started using Dulux Aqua enamel (high gloss vivid white), so I’m now looking for something on all the walls.

    Some of the “whites” I have been looking at and been recommended are

    1: Solver Designer white
    2: Dulux Vivid white
    3: Dulux Whit on white
    4: Dulux Lexicon

    Before I make a final decision, it would be great to hear back from you guys, especially those who have a good knack with colour coordination (which I don’t have!) on suggestions or feedback on a paint choices.

    The suggestions might even be along the lines of keeping the walls clean if they tooo white (I have 3 young kids, dog and a cat).

    Thanking you in advance!

    Cheers,
    Robbie
     

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  2. A Jeremy

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    You can't go wrong with Whisper White.
     
  3. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    I'll add whisper white to the list... so you recon is would go well with my new kitchen and tile? Why cant i go wrong with it?
     
  4. JacM

    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    I've used Whisper White several times. Goes perfectly with white laminate kitchens.
     
  5. A Jeremy

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    I don't know much about colours but someone put me onto Whisper White and when I did maintenance for clients I used it for about four years on every single property. People seem to like it and although I don't really know anything about colours, it seems pretty versatile.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Mission brown doesn't age. Easily matched by any color blind painter.
     
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    We went a very bright white in our first house and it was too harsh. Looks good in magazine homes but living in it was hard work.
     
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    My friend's son is a painter and used Whisper White in their IP looked great. He says in they use it on walls and ceilings in some upmarket new homes.
     
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    We used Whisper White in our (previous) bathroom which had white and grey tiles. Looked amazing. It has a tinge of grey in it so it really compliments any of the greys.

    I have used Lexicon Quarter a few times too but it has a blue base (though is still white white) so it can reflect a cold white in certain lights.
     
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  10. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Anyone said white yet? :p

    Is there a vivid white? :oops:

    I was a antique white kinda guy but think I'm over that now, bit to boney. Something sharper
    I'd just do what ever @Westminster or @WattleIdo say :p
     
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    Thanks guys.. I'm leaning heavily towards Whisper White... should that go on ceilings too?
     
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    I like ceiling white in ceilings... Or mirrors ;)
     
  13. Westminster

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    Don't ever use full strength Dulux Lexicon anywhere unless painting in Antarctica. It's a freezing icey colour. In half or quarter strength it's good for trim as a contrast to another colour.

    As much as white walls look fresh I would actually go with something less white in a family house that already has a bright white kitchen. Whisper white is good for this but if you want a touch more of warmth then Dulux Brume 1/4 or 1/2 strength would look good. It's a very pale warm grey/taupe and looks awesome with white and your grey floors.
     
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  14. A Jeremy

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    It can but you don't want the same sheen as the walls.
     
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    It can never be too white. Think dentist room.
    Different for your own place I suppose.
     
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    Do you think i will need to undercoat the existing walls?
     
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    one standard white the designers use is Chalk USA , not as bright as vivid, but less dated than Antique

    Get swatches , buy a small trial tin . Each time we've done a PPOR we've used an interior designer to help choose and then repeated on others .

    If you're not good with colours , it is WORTH getting advice .

    We chose our advisor by going around and looking at display homes and asking who did it ?

    Cliff
     
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    Nah, only need undercoat if it's a dark colour underneath
     
  19. Azazel

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    Agree, just use heaps of paint and you can usually get away with one decent coat.
    Unless it's onto new plasterboard o'course.
     
  20. JessicaP

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    I'm a huge fan of whisper white (used it in my own home as a gloss trim). If you have already used vivid white as a trim you should really go vivid white on the walls but it's a bit too white in my opinion.

    In that kitchen I would be inclined to put a bit of colour on the walls like what @Westminster is saying. Something soft and warm like dulux white duck (my fav - a bit green but super subtle) or white box quarter strength. If you like greys I would go with a quarter strength tranquil retreat.