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Paints & Colours by ‘The Property Thing’ Group

In the world of property there seems to be one topic that many of us love – decor! And more specifically, the colours we choose to paint our properties.

We asked ‘The Property Thing’ network group in Darlington to tell us what they choose to splash on the walls of their property projects. So whether you’re a fan of bold colours, feature walls, neutral greys or brilliant white, here are some cracking examples of what’s working well for property investors in the North.

Chris Bunn, of Goldcrest Property Investment, based in Teesside, opted for grey tones to catch the eyes of buyers for this newly renovated 4 bed semi detached house in Stockton on Tees. 

Colours used: Farrow & Ball Blackened for the main colour and Plummet for the feature wall, with white woodwork. 

I feel like there’s too many whites and magnolias around in the property world. I wanted this to appeal to first time buyers or young families who are all about the grey tones. It is ready to just drop their furniture in and give it some colour pops with accessories

Chris Bunn

Anthony Boyce of Diversify Property Solutions, based in Darlington, chose to add a striking feature wall to his newly renovated 3 bed semi- detached house. 

Colours used: B&Q Vence (blue feature wall) with white walls and woodwork

Originally, this property was meant to be a flip project, so with us using plain white on the walls throughout the house, we wanted to create some contrast and colour for our glossy sales pics.  I love a good dark blue, normally like a Stiffkey or Hague by F&B, but opted for this one due to its cost.  It’s B&Q’s own brand, so is cheap as chips but looks really classy, in my opinion.  It worked well with the existing stone fireplace which we retained (we changed the fire trim & grate to a silver colour from brass), the black light fittings & stainless steel sockets.

Anthony Boyce

Dean Jones, of Urbanlets, based in Leeds is also a fan of a feature wall for his HMO properties.

Colours used: Dulux Thunder Clouds (feature wall) and Silver Shores for the rest

For this HMO in Grimsby we opted for bold, lower maintenance colours. Our choices are on trend, just what tenants are looking for, this helps us to fill our rooms quicker and for a higher rate.

Dean Jones

Paul Million, of Real Property People Ltd, based in Darlington, isn’t one to shy away from colours that make a statement in his HMO properties.

Bathroom Colour used: Farrow & Ball Vardo (Green)

This was a tired vanilla 3 bed single let that we transformed into a 4 bed HMO with a five week refurb. I used F&B Vardo to breathe life & vibrancy into the space which just contrasts phenomenally with the F&B ‘Off Black’ skirts & matchboard bath panel, black bathroom ‘Perfect Fit’ venetians, fittings & accessories & charcoal showerpanel wall.

Communal Room Colour used: Farrow & Ball Hardwick White

F&B Hardwick White is my current Go-To Grey Neutral, providing the backdrop for most of my last few HMO & SA schemes. It is versatile & provides Carte Blanche in matching any other chosen feature wall, accessory, furnishing or artwork. I love using it on woodwork & doors and looks as smart as a carrot with black door furniture and trim.

Paul Million

Rachel Tasker, of Northside Homes Ltd, based in Gateshead, chooses Brilliant White every time for all of her single let properties.

As someone who is obsessed with everything in property I love design, colour, textures and also learning how to use the materials is very important to me, I love getting my hands dirty.

So why do I paint everything white? I love the brightness it creates, I like the feel of a fresh, clean room. Rooms feel bigger. Anything a person brings with them will go – It’s a faster job with no cutting in. Its cost effective and the first person to view usually takes my properties. I do think that a feature wall can look great but I would always do a feature wall with wallpaper not paint, mainly because I think it adds more in terms of design, introducing a texture, pattern and suitable colours (nothing bold). So as shocking as it may seem to some in the property community I won’t be venturing into the world of Farrow and Ball anytime soon, it’s still white all the way for me!

Rachel Tasker
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