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Fam­ily tones Can’t choose be­tween an­tique white, snow or vanilla? You don’t have to. Lay­er­ing dif­fer­ent shades of white on your walls, fur­ni­ture, skirt­ings and cur­tains will create a wel­com­ing space. You just need to keep it in the fam­ily – that is, stick to all warm or all cool whites.

Con­sider your decor Be­fore you de­cide on a paint shade, con­sider your ex­ist­ing fea­tures like fur­ni­ture, cab­i­nets, tiling and bench­tops. All colours have cool or warm un­der­tones, and these will need to work with your per­fect white.

Min­i­mal metallics If you like us­ing met­als to warm things up, Kerrie-Ann sug­gests keep­ing your Mi­das touch to a min­i­mum. “Use only hints be­cause too much metal­lic or re­flec­tive sur­faces can be over­bear­ing in a white space.”

Choose earthy tex­tures Warm whites look great paired with earthy, nat­u­ral tex­tures be­cause they have a sim­i­lar warm pal­ette. Try mix­ing linen and wool fabrics with light tim­ber and cane.

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