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Help! My walls look blue

Ajmod
Junior Contributor

Help! My walls look blue

 

I have painted a couple of rooms in my house using Dulux Wash and Wear – Lexicon (full strength). Once the 2 coats dried, my rooms have come up looking blue in certain lights and especially against the white ceilings.

 

I wanted a white that had a tinge of grey in it, which is what the sample card looked like. Not blue. Was thinking of using Lexicon quarter instead but I’m still worried that blue will come through.

 

Does anyone else have experience of their walls looking blue? Or using the Lexicon colour?

MartyH
Valued Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

It's probably a cool white as opposed to a warm white. 

 

Rather than repainting, you could try using a different lightglobe. Try ones with a warm light rather than a cool white. And how much natural light do you get? How does it look in natural light?

KingStreetReno
Experienced Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

My walls are Dulux Natural White and they have a grey tone to them.

 

Haven't had the issue of blue walls, but I would try a different light globe to see if it helps!

 

Another idea is to speak to a Dulux Colour Consultant. You can book them through Bunnings @Ajmod

ProjectPete
Valued Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

Lexicon Quarter is a great white. I've done my whole house (inside) in it. No blue. No grey.

I have had similar issues before with greys looking like they have a purple tinge amongst other things. But Lexicon Quarter is spot on.

The type of light definitely has a big impact.
RenoQueen
Super Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

What kind of house do you have?

 

Cooler whites tend to suit more modern or contemporary spaces which have plenty of natural light, whereas the creams or yellowish whites often lend themselves more traditional properties that might have smaller windows and less natural light. 

 

Dulux Lexicon Quarter is one of the whitest whites around if that's what you're after. 

Ajmod
Junior Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

Thanks everyone! Our house is a 70s home that we're in the process of renovating. The main living spaces are large and get lots of natural light, but bedrooms and bathrooms are on the small side. The walls are currently painted a dark cream colour.

 

So far, we have painted an ensuite, bathroom and small bedroom. The bedroom has a large window but the ensuite and bathrooms don’t get much natural light.

 

It doesn’t look as blue when in daylight (more light grey, instead of a white).

 

Thanks for the globe suggestion! We’ll have LED downlights throughout the house so I’ll make sure to buy warm light globes. This might save us repainting those rooms.

 

The rest of the house gets quite a bit of natural light but we’re still worried to keep painting with Lexicon.

 

I only have a photo of the paint going on (Lexicon full strength). The blue is more noticeable once it dried and had 2 coats applied.

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aly
Super Contributor

Re: Help! My walls look blue

My sister had a similiar issue when she installed white pressed metal sheets as a splashback in her renovated kitchen. The pressed metal is a great look but the white does throw a light tone of blue up and seems to be a bit more noticeable against the cream cupboards they've used below. Still looks good and they're happy with the result!

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