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    Please recommend good colour schemes and paint brands for student flat

    Sorry if this is quite a boring query.
    I am going to take advantage of the break between 2 tenancies this summer to repaint the flat.
    The last time it was done the I suspect builders used cheap paint and the effect was quite dull. I'm willing to pay more on better paint eg Dulux or similar.
    Can anyone recommend good colours? I don't want it to look boring, but not too "out there" either. I have used Dulux Jasmine White in my home which I like, but maybe something a bit stronger would work well in a student rental?

    #2
    We're really boring. My house is Dulux Natural Calico. Nice, neutral, and ready for me to work out whether I want any kind of feature wall. It's also available as a trade colour, which is handy (according to my builder, anyway).

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      #3
      My niece has a lot of black in her house including carpets! Sorry probably not much help but I suspect it depends on the tenants.

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        #4
        If you use one colour and stick to it, then it will make things easier in future. if a single wall needs repainting for example and you have a set colour then bingo, you don't have to paint the whole room again and it's highly likely one coat will suffice. Particularly important for pain in the backside hallways(I suppose not too bad in a flat).

        I suggest magnolia as much easier to remember than 'harvest sunset', or 'essence of lavender' etc etc. But some people have a stigma about magnolia, my missus does so I use 'soft stone' everywhere now after she selected it for one room.

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          #5
          Magnolia walls: for ceilings & skirting boards/woodwork brilliant white.

          Surely that's how you know you're in a rented house. And only 2 pots of paint to keep for touch-up.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by Lots on View Post
            I don't want it to look boring
            I suggest you probably should.

            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Magnolia walls: for ceilings & skirting boards/woodwork brilliant white.
            Agreed. Tried and tested formula.

            Floors: brown.
            There is a fine line between irony and stupidity. If I say something absurd please assume that I am being facetious.

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              #7
              Floors brown-y with flecks... What someone (over 50 years ago).. described as "sh*t & breadcrumbs": Bit memorable that phrase....
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Yes my carpets are 'disturbed stripes'of various browns. Excellent camouflage.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                  Floors brown-y with flecks... What someone (over 50 years ago).. described as "sh*t & breadcrumbs": Bit memorable that phrase....
                  Oh that is brilliant - I've just had a good laugh at that one. Well done Artful :-)

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                    #10
                    My ideal carpet colour would be "spilled coffee and biscuit crumbs" so the "safe to say in front of your granny*" version of the above.

                    *My granny, on the other hand, would've loved the "sh1t and breadcrumbs" version.

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                      #11
                      Students: Your walls will be bombarded with vomit, beer, spaghetti hoops, etc.

                      So, do not use matt paint. Washable paint is a must.

                      Hire an interior designer and they will coordinate your colour scheme with the furnishings and accessories. It makes a huge difference for a little extra money. Contemporary students will only except 'boutique' interior design. Take a look at 'boutique' hotels and copy them.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by bureaucrazy View Post
                        So, do not use matt paint. Washable paint is a must.
                        You clearly know nothing about paint. It is perfectly possible to have a washable paint with a matt finish (try Dulux Trade Durable Matt, or Little Greene's Intellimatt). Shiny/silky paint finishes look naff and institutional and contrary to your inference, are not always washable.

                        In any case, with student tenancies, you should be aiming to refresh the emulsion paint between each tenancy, i.e. annually, in most cases. So the washability or otherwise of painted walls is not really that much of an issue.

                        Hire an interior designer and they will coordinate your colour scheme with the furnishings and accessories. It makes a huge difference for a little extra money. Contemporary students will only except 'boutique' interior design. Take a look at 'boutique' hotels and copy them.
                        I think you mean 'accept' not 'except'. Are you a letting agent? I've noticed that their spelling is often disappointing.
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by bureaucrazy View Post
                          Take a look at 'boutique' hotels and copy them.
                          Lots of black and white pictures of pebbles, then...
                          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                            #14
                            Ha! Yes. And a lot of white, beige and brown and you wake up thinking you're in a branch of John Lewis.
                            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                              #15
                              And maybe a bold wallpapered 'feature wall' in each room.

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