Which White Paint Works Best for Your Home

Coating the walls of your living spaces in vibrant shades of white can create a stunning look. White hues can create the illusion of spaciousness, illuminate gloomy areas, and provide an aura of simple tranquillity.

However, the process of selecting your white paint is not always a tranquil one! With hundreds of different white colours available, it can be a real headache narrowing down the right tone for your space. After you have stared at those paint cards for a while, they all start to look the same!

To help you select that perfect white paint for your home, I have got the low-down on everything you need to consider.

The Benefits Of White Paint

Other colours may come and go, but white is a timeless classic that never goes out of style. It’s incredibly versatile and provides a blank canvas on which to imprint your personality.

White can make small spaces look larger and brighten up a room. It can either fade into the background allowing your décor to take centre stage or become the main event. Not only that, there’s a soothing energy about a well-chosen shade of white that is entirely calming.

Different “Temperatures” Of White Paint

The first thing you need to know about white paint is that there are two different “temperatures.” White can be warm or cool, depending on the undertones, which are commonly blue, grey, green, pink, or yellow.

Cool whites with grey, blue or black undertones are perfect if you are after a contemporary modern look. They are more suited to spaces with lots of natural light.

Warm whites with hints of brown, yellow or red provide a welcoming, cosy, comfortable space and should be used in rooms with less natural light and south-facing windows.

Under The Influence

It’s not just the lighting you need to consider when choosing your white paint: the surroundings of the space also come into play.

The white that looked so great in the shop may look completely different when influenced by the colours of the ceiling, the flooring, the furniture, or even the lush greenery outside the window. That is why it is important to trial your prospective whites in the environment you will use them. Either with a paint card or a test pot.

Create A Dynamic Environment

Just to make things more complicated, there are numerous sheen options available once you have chosen your ideal shade of white – from matte to high gloss.

Using different strengths and gloss levels of the same colour helps add interest and depth. Even the same colour on different textures can look dynamic. Come up with a plan of how you would like to enhance or balance your white tone by using flooring, furniture and accessories.

Testing, Testing…

The most important part of the selection process is the testing stage. You will need to bring a bunch of drawdown samples home and see how they look throughout the room at different times of the day. Trial them next to the doors and windows, as well as in the corners and expansive walls. That way, you will be able to check that it will look great in all areas of the room.

Remember that if you are holding a sample up to your existing wall to see how it looks, that white tone will be affected by the current wall colour! To minimise this effect, hold a larger piece of white paper behind your sample.

The right shade of white can make your room look pristine and peaceful, but the wrong shade can feel sterile and cold. Consider the natural light in your room, the aesthetic you are going for, and the accessories you plan to use. Then head to the paint shop with a white piece of paper in hand, and you will find it much simpler to find the perfect white paint for your home.

Alternatively, if you aren’t sure which white paint is cool and which is warm, or you don’t know which white is right for your space, get in touch with me. I love the many options that white paint creates in a home. I can help you to determine which white is right for you and how you can maximise the impact with accessories, furnishings, and other decor. Drop me a line today angela@apinteriordesign.co.nz

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