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