The perfect shade of white can enhance the look, feel and space of your home. With so many beautiful shades to choose from, you could spend hours contemplating whether ivory, natural or cotton white is right for you.
Our preferred paint supplier Haymes have given us some great tips on how different whites affect your home, and how to choose the best shade of white to suit your interior design.
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: