June 09, 2016
How To Choose The Right White Paint
Although it may seem like a simple choice at first, when decorating a room or your entire home, choosing the right type of white paint can be a daunting and time consuming task. Even seemingly unnoticeable differences can have a huge impact on the finished look and feel of your room. 
In our store Salt Living, in Coolangatta Queensland, I’m constantly asked what type of paint we used on the walls. For the record it is Dulux White on White, and I’m very happy with the finish.
So that’s the reason why today I want to explain a few simple guidelines that will help you avoid choosing a white that does not match the feel and function of the room you are decorating.
  
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Using Light To Your Advantage
The amount of natural light a room receives will have a big impact on how the white paint will appear to the eye. If there is a lot of natural light it is best to choose cooler tones, such as light grey that will warm the colour. In this case your want to avoid creams, as these will look intense and slightly yellow under the natural light.
For darker rooms you want to use a warmer white, possibly with beige undertones that will give the room natural warmth.
It’s also recommended to avoid vivid whites unless they are contrasted against other bright colours in the room, because this can leave the space feeling cold and sterile.
How Will The Room Be Used
You will want to consider the function and feel you aim to create. If you are trying to create a light and breezy mood, a bright clean white could do the trick, whereas adding a splash of blue, pink, green or grey to your white can create a cosy, warm effect for a comfortable room to be used a the end of the day.
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Complimenting Other Colours and Furnishings
One of the most important factors to consider is what other colours will be in the room. Floor and ceiling colours can dramatically affect the shade of your white walls so it’s important to test whites using a large piece of cardboard or something similar to see how the reflections will alter the white paint.
Furniture and décor also play a massive part. A vivid white room with some strong splashes of bright colour can work well for an ultra modern look.
The important thing is to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve before choosing your white paint as different shades of white lend themselves to different decorating styles.
 
Other things to think about before choosing your white are..
  • Is there timber used in the room?
  • What era is the home from?
  • Are there detailed ceilings and architectural features that you want to highlight with a bright white gloss?
  • What colours may reflect from outside to alter the appearance of your white?
As I mentioned earlier it’s all about knowing your surroundings, matching the colour to the features and furnishings of the room and deciding what type of mood you want to create.
It’s also important to test colours before going ahead a painting an entire room only to find that it doesn’t work how you hoped.
Another option is to enlist the help of an experience interior stylist to help you find the perfect colours for your room, their experience and eye for detail will ensure you achieve your desired effect, and save time and hassle in the process.
For more advice on interior styling or to speak to a professional contact us here.
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Jacinta Bishop

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