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Not sur­pris­ingly, white came up as a fail­safe colour op­tion with nearly ev­ery ex­pert.

“It’s one of those things that is per­ceived as a lazy choice, but when you see rooms in mag­a­zines and they look great, it’s usu­ally be­cause they have cho­sen the right white,” says cu­ra­tor and au­thor Karen McCart­ney, with whom pho­tog­ra­pher David Harrison wrote the book White Rooms.

Part of white’s time­less ap­peal, Karen says, is what real es­tate agents have known for­ever — that a coat of white paint is the per­fect way to dis­guise the less-thanper­fect el­e­ments of a room.

“It’s a quick fix,” she says. “If you’re in a rental and there’s an ugly brick fire­place for ex­am­ple, a coat of white can make it dis­ap­pear. It doesn’t draw at­ten­tion to fea­tures, be­cause your eye glides over them.”

At the same time a white back­drop en­sures any­thing else in the room — whether that’s a colour­ful art­work, a piece of modernist fur­ni­ture or a leafy view — has twice the im­pact it would other­wise.

Whites are also amongst the pop­u­lar colours sold by Du­lux, with Nat­u­ral White, An­tique White USA, Lex­i­con Quar­ter and Whis­per White (pic­tured be­low) all best­sellers.

“Peo­ple love these whites as they are so flex­i­ble and adapt­able in all spa­ces and scheme easily with most ac­ces­sories,” colour ex­pert An­drea Lu­cena-Orr says.

White can easily look bland, so con­sider us­ing one shade for walls and an­other for trim.

“The key is to do it with con­vic­tion. Like any­thing, if you give white the at­ten­tion it de­serves, it gives back,” Karen says.

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