White Done Right Published on September 25, 2019

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Creamy whites provide the ideal backdrop for today’s décor trend towards adding pops of colour and drama. While it might seem like choosing the perfect white paint colour is easy, it is anything but!

White comes in a variety of tones and shades that can vary from being cool to warm. Cool whites have hints of blue undertones and are often used in contemporary spaces, while the warm whites carry brown tints and are best suited to more traditional or transitional décor style.

Whether you choose cool or warm, ensure that the rest of the décor follows suit and then add colour pops and accessories from there. To create a serene, all-white space, consider layering textures of different shades of white in the same tone.

Be sure to add colour that complements rather than contrasts the look when working with warm tones. Creams and beiges in assorted depths and muted tones are ideal for a soothing, sophisticated look. A stark cool-white wall, with doses of contrasting colours in furnishings and accessories, creates a stand-out look with eye-catching mod appeal.

Ideal whites

  • Dulux Pacific Pearl is a white with a hint of grey and is ideal for contemporary spaces.
  • Farrow & Ball “School House White” is a warmer shade more suited to traditional style.

Mary Taggart

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