Which white is right?

Which white is right?

I recently received an email from a reader asking, “What is the best white to use?” It’s a really hard question to answer as I believe every white has a right place and there are just too many variables to give a definitive reply.

Here in Sydney we tend to want warmer tones on the walls, colours that are easy on the eye and won’t appear too stark.  While in Queensland, cooler colours are required, due to the tropical climate and stronger sun.

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Therefore, when choosing a “white” you need to consider the undertones of the colour. Some whites have a touch of pink, others a touch of blue and some a touch of yellow.  The funny thing is that all these “whites” look white until you hold a whiter white next to it.

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That’s one of the reasons I prefer to paint the timber trim in a home, like skirting boards, window frames and doors, in a pure white.  It adds a crisp finishing touch or accent. White trim helps define a space. It is also used as a thread throughout the house. If you have some rooms, like the dining room or master bedroom, painted in a colour, then the same trim will unite the scheme.

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So as a little exercise I reviewed the numerous internal colour consultations I have done and listed all the “whites” I have used on walls. I do consult on Resene, Wattyl, Porters and Murobond colours too, but find most times the homeowner requires Dulux.

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For wall colours

10% of houses used Dulux Sago

8% used Ecru Half Strength, Natural White and White Watsonia

5% used Ecru Full Strength, Hog Bristle Half Strength and Shell Haven

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For trim colours

30% used Natural White

13% Vivid White

11% Antique White USA

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Choosing which white to paint the walls is not an easy decision, one that needs careful consideration. I hope this was helpful and don’t hesitate in do a comment below to share your opinion.