Get­ting white right

White walls can bring out the best in you home decor, but choos­ing the right mix for your dwelling can be tricky. JULIET LOVE has some tips to help make it a lit­tle eas­ier

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WHITE walls are a time­less and pop­u­lar choice in dec­o­rat­ing as they pro­vide a blank can­vas for end­less styling pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Ar­guably the hard­est shade to choose for your home, white walls take plan­ning and con­sid­er­a­tion to get spot on. Even the pro­fes­sion­als strug­gle with white ev­ery now and again, as vary­ing light con­di­tions in dif­fer­ing in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ments make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to the end look.

Stand­ing in front of a paint chart with hun­dreds of white shades doesn’t help. Whites range from cool hues, usu­ally with blue or grey un­der­tones, to warm whites, with creamy yel­low un­der­tones. But how do you know what to use where?

You need to start by as­sess­ing the orientation of your room. If it re­ceives lots of nat­u­ral light, you’re go­ing to want to choose a mid-range white, and have the op­tion of us­ing a cool white as the sun will throw yel­low onto the walls to bal­ance things out. If your room doesn’t re­ceive much nat­u­ral light, you’ll want to avoid those cool tones, and go for a warmer white with yel­low, brown or red un­der­tones. This will add the warmth you need to make your room invit­ing and cosy, rather than cold and ster­ile. If you chose a warm white in a room with lots of warm light, the walls would look too yel­low. If you chose a cool white, in a room with lit­tle nat­u­ral light, the room would seem frosty.

You should also con­sider your fur­ni­ture when choos­ing your white. If your fur­ni­ture is mostly tim­ber, a warm white will work best. If you have more in­dus­trial style fur­ni­ture with metal ac­cents, then a mid-white or cooler white will work best.

Cur­rently, creamy whites are out, and more nat­u­ral whites with a bal­ance of both warm and cool tones are in.

I rec­om­mend you se­lect three to five favourites and paint them onto a large piece of card­board. If you use a large enough piece (at least 1m x 1m, but the big­ger the bet­ter) you’ll get a good idea of what the paint will look like. You can then move that piece of card around the room and view it in fluc­tu­at­ing light con­di­tions, rather than hav­ing to paint di­rectly onto the wall. If you are hav­ing trou­ble de­cid­ing, a good tip is to hold a sep­a­rate piece of plain white A4 sized paper up against the colours you are choos­ing be­tween to help make the un­der­tones ob­vi­ous.

Paint­ing trims & doors in a gloss or high gloss white enamel paint will cre­ate in­ter­est in your room and high­light ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. Usu­ally a crisp, vivid white is best for this ap­pli­ca­tion.

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