DEC­O­RATE WITH WHITE

Soft shades pro­vide a beau­ti­ful base for Dayle’s mod­ern coun­try style.

Homes+ (Australia) - - READERS’ HOMES -

DAYLE HAS KEPT the colours in her coun­try home light, bright and un­com­pli­cated, with lash­ings of soft white fea­tur­ing on walls, in the kitchen, on the tim­ber shut­ters and in the painted white vin­tage fur­ni­ture dot­ted through the house. She cre­ated cosy and wel­com­ing rooms by bring­ing in neu­tral tones and great tex­tures in rugs, car­pet, so­fas and ac­ces­sories. These add depth and warmth to the spa­ces while the mix of re­cy­cled and new pieces gives the home a re­laxed, com­fort­able vibe.

WHICH WHITE?

Dayle chose a warm white (Du­lux’s An­tique White U.S.A.) for her walls. With so many white op­tions avail­able, it’s not easy to find the right white paint. We asked in­te­rior de­sign ex­pert James Tre­ble his tips for get­ting it right... 1

“All whites have base tones which make them ei­ther warm or cool, and many have un­der­tones, which can make them look pink­ish, blueish, grey­ish, etc. To pick the right white, con­sider what type of light you have in your house. Is it warm or cool? The same white paint will look dif­fer­ent in bright light than it will in low light. 2 Nar­row down your se­lec­tion to three or four shades. Place the white against a plain sheet of pa­per to see if any base colour jumps out at you and make sure you’re happy with the un­der­tones. 3

In­vest in sam­ple pots of the white paints you like. Take them home and paint a patch at least 30cm x 30cm in dif­fer­ent places around the room or house. Wait un­til the paint is com­pletely dry be­fore mak­ing your choice. It’s far cheaper to do this with three or four sam­ple pots than to paint your whole house and re­alise the white paint is way more pink than it first looked.”

Rus­tic touches Dis­tressed painted fur­ni­ture and nat­u­ral tex­tures bring lots of char­ac­ter.

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