Not all shades are equal, say experts
A lick of white paint can give a room a clean fresh feel, but did you know there are hundreds of shades of white on offer?
Dulux colour expert Andre Lucena-Orr said with no two whites the same, choosing a shade for you home can be a difficult task.
“Warm and cool whites have different undertones and can help you set a mood within a room,” she said.
Dulux enlisted four design experts, Lucy Feagins of The Design Files, Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors, Bonnie Hindmarsh and Lana Taylor of Three Birds Renovations, and The Real Estate Stylist’s Sara Chamberlain and Amy Chamberlain-Primrose, to go through the maze of options and nail down the top eight whites to make your home shine.
“Each expert explores how various elements, such as the amount of natural light your home receives and the colours of your flooring and soft furnishings, can affect the way a shade looks on your walls,” Lucena-Orr said.
“We enlisted design ambassadors who live and breathe whites, so they can arm consumers with the knowledge they need to make the selection process simple and fun — showing them how to get their white right the first time.”
Natural White Chamberlain said this shade was a warm white and its versatility spans across new and old properties, contemporary homes, as well as traditional. Vivid White Hindmarsh said this was the purest white you can get.
“For me, I don’t like a white to throw too much yellow or too much blue — so Dulux Vivid White is perfect as it sits in the middle,” she said.
Whisper White Feagins said Whisper White is warm, welcoming and has substance.
“In a space that doesn’t get much bright sunlight, Dulux Whisper White can really lift the room,” she said.
White on White “White on White is a cooler-toned white that is clean and energising, suited to modern homes with timber or concrete flooring, as well as hard surface areas like the kitchen and bathroom,” Hindmarsh said.
Antique White U.S.A Green said this shade was her hero of all whites as it’s fresh and crisp without bring austere and clinical, and tends to work in most spaces.
Hog Bristle Quarter This is Green’s go-to when creating cozy spaces.
Lexicon Quarter Feagins said Lexicon quarter was a versatile white.
“It is crisp, clean and bright and works beautifully in modern spaces, as well as a backdrop for colourful and eclectic art, furnishings and homewares,” she said.
Lexicon “(Lexicon) is a perfect shade for displaying your artwork collection or bouncing around lots of natural sunlight,” ChamberlainPrimrose said.
Kitchen wall painted with Dulux Antique White U.S.A.
Office featuring Dulux Lexicon Quarter.
Living room with Dulux Natural White.