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3 tips to help you decide which white paint is right

It’s no surprise that white paint is a bestseller – no matter the application. White is the go-to colour when you’re not quite sure if another colour is going to work. But there are more types of white paint than you could imagine, so which white is right? Here are a few tips to help you decide.

Tip 1: Warm up a room with a warm white paint

If you have a space that gives off a bit of a chilly feel then it might not be a good idea to paint the walls with a cold white. After all, you don’t want people to feel as if they have stepped into a snowy backyard. Add some warmth to a cold room by choosing a warm white paint that seems to have a touch of yellow, brown or red in it. This will help reflect light in south-facing rooms, which typically don’t receive a lot of natural sunlight and warmth. Warm whites have the ability to create a comfortable atmosphere, so they work beautifully in bedrooms and lounges. In these more traditional spaces, a warm white will give the room a lived-in, homey feel. Warm whites can also be used to add a soft glow to dark or large rooms, making them feel more welcoming. Read about other paint colours that make a dark space feel brighter here

Tip 2: Cool down a room with a cool white paint

If your aim is to neutralise a north-facing room that gets a lot of sunlight then a cool white is right. A cool white paint will have a slightly grey, blue, black or green undertone. This creates a refreshingly crisp atmosphere in a room, which conveys a modern, contemporary and “new” feeling. In lighter and brighter spaces, using muted whites will work best. You don’t want people to have to put on sunglasses when they step into the room. Cool whites will help you design a serene, sophisticated environment, which makes cool whites a popular colour choice for those wanting to achieve the trending minimalistic look. A cool white colour palette is also especially effective in small rooms, as it makes the walls appear to recede and the space seem bigger. Read more about how to select paint colours to make small rooms feel bigger here.

Tip 3: Consider contrasting colours

When painting a room you should always consider the impact of other colours in the room. What colour is the furniture and will the wall paint that you select work well with the furniture? Maybe the room has stained glass windows which could alter the way the wall looks when sun streams in. What curtains will be hanging in the windows? What type, colour and patterned linen does the room feature? Never choose a paint colour in isolation. Certain elements in a room will highlight different tones in a white paint. It’s also important to consider the lighting in the room that you want to paint. This is where paint colour swatches or sample pots help. Stick the colour swatch up on the wall or paint a bit of the colour onto the wall, and then observe what the room looks like over the course of a day (during varying lighting situations) in conjunction with all the other elements in the room.

Conclusion

Once you’ve decided which white paint is right, remember to consider what type of paint you should purchase based on whether it is for interior or exterior use. And if you’re hiring a painter to do the paint job, then it’s important to ask them these five questions.

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