With a seemingly endless amount of whites to choose from, the hardest part is choosing the right white for your home. To help take some of the guess work out of the equation, we have put together expert design advice for helping narrow down your selection and tips for choosing your final paint colour.
Which White is Right?
What works for one home may not work for another, so copying a friend’s scheme or even one from a magazine or Pinterest can leave you disappointed as there are many factors that contribute to choosing ‘the right white’.
According to Inspirations Paint Colour Consultant and Interior Designer, Alex Ace “when selecting a white or neutral wall colour, you need to take into account your flooring type, your furniture, the style you want to create, as well as both the natural and artificial lighting you have throughout your home. Once all these factors have been taken into consideration and weighed up, you can then decide which white to choose”.
Bright Neutral Sun Room
Importance of Lighting:
Alex says “it’s important not to underestimate the impact of both natural sunlight and artificial lighting in a room; the appearance of the same colour throughout the whole house can change dramatically from room to room just because the room faces a different orientation or one room has a cool light bulb, whilst another may have a warm light bulb”.
This might mean selecting a different colour for your living areas to your bedrooms depending on where they are located in the home or changing your light globes to create the look you want.
Warm vs Cool Whites
Broadly speaking, there are two types of whites; warm and cool and these work most importantly with the lighting in your room.
Alex says “warm whites normally have either a yellow, brown or red undertone and work well in rooms that have a Cool southern light as they impart a warmth and softness into a cooler room to create a cosy atmosphere”. Try Dulux Antique White U.S.A., Dulux Natural White and Berger Paper Stock
Warm Neutral Bedroom
Alex's favourite white right now is Dulux Natural White, Alex says "it suits an extensive range of architectural styles from traditional through to contemporary and although it is technically a warm white, it’s adaptable to many colour palettes; even the modern cooler greys which are popular at the moment”.
Cool whites work well to tone down the warmth in rooms with northern light. According to Alex “the black or blue tint in these cool whites helps to neutralise that bright Australian northern light”. Try Dulux Lexicon Half, Dulux White on White and Berger Rhythm and Soul.
White Painted Hallway
Selecting your Final Paint Colour
Before you commit to one colour, Inspirations Paint In-store expert Kath Haynes, suggests collecting a number of paint chips in hues that work for your lighting and décor. Once the colour options have been narrowed, the best tool to use is large hand painted colour samples called Brush-Out Boards to assist with final colour selection.
Kath says “Brush-Out Boards are great because they allow you to move the colour sample around your home to position the paint colour under different lighting conditions and get a feel for the best shade before committing to painting the whole room”.