Whites and neutrals are the foundation on which you can build layers of tones and textures in a room.
However, when painting with any white there are some considerations to remember to help you choose the right white for you.
Here are Taubman's top tips for painting with white shades.
Understand the undertone
When working with whites it's important to understand undertones and how they are affected by different lighting in your room. The trick is to identify the undertone or base colour of the white and build from there. Whites can have several bases: crisp white, cream, stone or grey.
Cool whites have a blue or grey base and work well in rooms that get a lot of sun, as they tend to absorb the bright light. There is also a crispness to these whites that suits a home with modern lines and minimal schemes.
Warm whites inject softness into your room with their yellow, brown or red undertones creating a cosy atmosphere. They also work well with earthy, organic shades, so if your furnishings are of natural and warm hues, your paint probably should be, too. Try Taubmans Cotton Ball or Taubmans Milky to compliment a warmer, earthy room.
Get the look: Try Taubmans Crisp White or Taubmans Arctic Ice to compliment a modern, fresh room.
Avoiding clinical and cold
Australians get really nervous about choosing the right white in their kitchens and bathrooms, fearing that the wrong choice will make the space feel cold and clinical. Pure whites with glossy surfaces are a high-risk combination, so it’s best to instead mix them matte surfaces. Alternatively, combine a glossy surface with a warm or stone white.
Get the look: Try Taubmans Altair.
How to use white
White is such a widely used colour that virtually all homes are suited to utilising it in some way, whether it’s a minor feature in a room or the main wall colour.
Given the climate and natural surroundings, beach styles are popular in Australia. Combine a crisp white, like Taubmans Cradle White, and a soft grey, such as Taubmans Marble Mist, for a classic beach look in a kitchen, dining room outdoor area. Add hints of beige and taupe for a more neutral and relaxed palette or use bright accents of blues, greens and greys for a more dramatic look.
Navy and white have always been a winning combination for creating a sophisticated, contemporary interior look. Navy is a bold yet elegant colour best mixed with white textured furniture and accessories. Choosing white and navy hues for your walls creates a refined background for an accent colour or textured neutrals incorporated into your sofas and soft furnishings.
For more tips on using colour in your home, go to www.taubmans.com.au