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.