Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - With Danni Mor­ri­son For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

RE­CENTLY I was wait­ing pa­tiently in the paint depart­ment at Bun­nings for the 453rd time that week, when I got chat­ting with another lady. She was paint­ing her fence white and said to me “there are so many dif­fer­ent whites but I have no idea how to choose one”. Me be­ing me, I took this poor lady on an epic jour­ney of the Bun­nings colour wall and dis­cussed all things white.

I’ve been asked so many times how I se­lect my whites I thought I’d write an ar­ti­cle on it.

Ex­perts say your cooler whites are more suited to mod­ern spa­ces, and your warmer whites lend them­selves bet­ter to tra­di­tional style prop­er­ties. Based some­what on this the­ory, here are my sug­ges­tions and go-to whites that I use.

For bright and warm spa­ces fea­tur­ing light oak tim­ber fur­ni­ture and fin­ishes, cream fab­rics and a fresh se­lec­tion of home­wares, I’m think­ing re­laxed coastal, Scandi or bright mod­ern spa­ces. To com­ple­ment these warm hues I’d se­lect a warm white like Du­lux Nat­u­ral White, Casper White or White Dune Half.

Tra­di­tional spa­ces are promi­nently a mix of warm and clas­sic fur­ni­ture, beau­ti­ful muted colour and a more lux­u­ri­ous and el­e­gant feel. Rich car­pets, warm tim­ber floors and fur­ni­ture styled with clas­sic home­wares and pot­ted green­ery. De­pend­ing on your colour­ways, I like Du­lux An­tique White USA, Hog Bris­tle Quar­ter and Whis­per White.

Su­per mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­is­tic in­spired prop­er­ties tend to use lots of grey and black and gen­er­ally there’s not a lot of warmth within these spa­ces. With fur­ni­ture and fin­ishes made in 2pac, grey tim­bers, con­crete and metal for a sleek ap­proach, I like to use Du­lux Lex­i­con in dif­fer­ent strengths, White on White and Vivid White. These types of white also work well in spa­ces util­is­ing lots of blue and green hues. Our home is Hamp­tons-in­spired, quite tra­di­tional, yet there’s lots of greys, navy, pot­ted green­ery and a slightly nau­ti­cal ap­proach to boot. Lex­i­con three-quar­ter strength for our in­te­rior and Surf Mist (Color­bond) for our ex­te­rior was my choice of whites.

Okay, so you’ve se­lected your white, bought 15 litres of paint and rolled a cou­ple of walls only to re­alise it’s not the right white. The colour sam­ple you chose un­der those flu­o­res­cent lights in the paint shop will look com­pletely dif­fer­ent in di­rect sun­light or in­side your home. I can’t stress this enough. If you’re paint­ing your ex­te­rior, spend an ex­tra $20 buy­ing sam­ple pots and a large MDF board, and paint two or three coats of your colour se­lec­tion on the board. Place the board in di­rect sun, un­der­cover, half in and half out and then make your de­ci­sion. There are so many whites to choose from.


Our ex­te­rior white is Du­lux Surf Mist, a Color­bond colour.


Our in­te­rior walls are Du­lux Lex­i­con three-quar­ter strength.

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