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In a previous post we spoke with Haymes Paint on how to achieve the perfect shade of white for your walls. The same principles apply here. Whites can be either warm or cool, depending on the undertones.
Warm whites have brown, yellow or red undertones and will do as the name suggests and ‘warm’ a room.
Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and offer a crisp, modern look. Decide which effect you would like and start searching for your interior furniture in the appropriate shades.
For the smooth and crisp effect of a cool white, pair it with sleek metals, plenty of mirrors and metallic décor. The danger around cool whites is they can appear dull, lifeless and sterile, so use your décor to counter this.
Use plenty of texture for a warm white room. Lace, wool or marble look amazing and romantic, and old furnishings can be distressed with white paint for a vintage theme. If your room is lacking warmth, layering is an effective solution. Ensure your window treatments, pillows, bedding, throws and any other décor work together harmoniously to create a multi-textured room.
Creating some contrast in your room is important to ensure the room does not look washed-out. Along with your furnishings, you will need to consider the natural textures of your wooden floors, carpets, stone benches and even appliances. These features can look rich and break up the starkness of a white room, so make sure you choose a white that will effortlessly match.
The advantage of a white on white interior is that you can showcase your personal taste without having to go all-out on a room. Consider displaying your favourite piece of art on a white wall, and all eyes will be drawn instantly to it. Just a splash of colour that reflects your personality will look fantastic without ruining the clean whites of your home.
Make it a worthwhile and attractive feature though, it will be noticed!
For more tips on interior decorating, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.
Warm whites have brown, yellow or red undertones. They range from beautiful warm greys and taupes to natural colours with hint of yellow.
These kinds of whites will warm your home and create a comfortable and soft mood.
Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and are better suited to homes that receive plenty of natural light to enhance their brightness.
They suit simple, modern homes where cleanliness is the focus.
‘White’ whites have little to no undertones, and what appears as pure white in one area may not seem be so in another.
Always be careful when using a pure white, it can appear sterile or uninviting in a home.
Once you have decided to go either warm and inviting, or cool and crisp, it is time to get some samples and start painting!
Haymes recommend you narrow your choices down to three colours, and then try them on a 1m x 1m piece of cardboard you can move and test around your house.
View your white in the morning, afternoon and evening so you can see how it changes. Check how your lighting may change the colour, and if you have existing furniture, assess which white best complements it.
Take a look at some of the different shades below and how they can drastically change the look of the room: