WHITE ON WHITE
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.