Whether you’re simply repainting, or completing a full renovation, a popular paint choice for many Interiors is white. Sounds easy enough, right? However, your local hardware store may have dozens of shades to choose from. Being faced with such a huge selection of whites can be overwhelming. Let us walk you through our top five shades of white, with a few tips of the trade to consider when painting.
(Note: all shades are Dulux, this is NOT a sponsored post, we simply use their brand of paint for its high quality, durability and ease of application.)
2. Dulux Antique White USA
One of the top five paint colours in Australia for a reason. It is a warm, yellow based white with a lovely, creamy feel. Very complimentary to a traditional, classic interior style. This is a relaxing, easy colour to live with that warms up timber furniture really well and gives a room an inviting, nostalgic glow.
3. Dulux Vivid White
This is a clean, brilliant white. Neither warm nor cool, it is one of the purest whites on offer, lending a real crispness to a room. It is really suited to a modern, contemporary home. Vivid gives a feeling of cleanliness and openness. It’s a great selection for skirting boards and architraves, as it will contrast beautifully against any other neutral/white you have on the walls.
4. Lexicon Quarter.
Another cool white. It has a soothing, milky appearance, both brightening and softening a room at the same time. A popular shade for interior walls with our Renovation clients.
5. Dulux White on White.
A cool and fresh white without being too ”white”. A popular selection in Australian homes for its fresh, versatile tone.
It is important to address a few key considerations when selecting a shade of white. Firstly, bare in mind that all whites are either warm or cool. Whites with red or yellow bases are warm, while whites with blue, black or grey bases are cool. To determine whether a warm or cool white will enhance your home, consider factors such as the layout and style of the home; how much natural light each zone receives; floor coverings and furniture choices.
For example, if you pair a cool white such as Dulux Vivid with a minimalist interior style, with lots of cool grey tiles and benchtops, the result can feel quite stark. So you may want to ”warm up” the space with some timber features or flooring, or even consider a warmer tone.
In the below table from Dulux you can see close-up how different and varied the shades of white really are:
Our top five white shades are among the most popular in Australian homes for a reason. They look clean, open, fresh and are generally complimentary to most interiors. In regards to the strength of the shade you select, a great rule to follow is a full strength of your chosen white on the wall, half strength on the trim and internal doors and quarter strength on the ceiling and cornice. You will be surprised by how much of a lift a fresh coat of paint will give to a room. Just remember to consider what kind of effect you are going for to determine whether to use a warm or cool based white.