White is still our most popular decorating colour. It is light, bright and airy and is easy to add your own style and overlay accessories to bring it to life. But it can also be tricky to choose the perfect shade. Here are some easy tips to ensure you get it right.

WHICH WHITE IS BEST FOR YOUR ROOM?

When deciding what white is best for your home, reflect on the amount of light your room receives and on how you want your room to feel. A coat of white paint can easily transform a room, making a cold stark room cosy and inviting or cooling down a hot, bright room to make to make it easier to live in.

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HOW CAN YOU MAKE A ROOM FEEL WARMER WITH WHITE PAINT?

Warming up your room with white paint is easy. Choose a white with subtle undertones of yellow or brown such as New Look Harmonious Day or Enchanting. We highly recommend using these colours if your room doesn’t receive much natural light, these Warm Whites can make a room feel cosy and welcoming.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A ROOM FEEL COOLER WITH PAINT?

If your room gets overly warm in summer, you can cool down your room with a cool palette of whites. Cool whites have a blue or a black/grey undertone to them. These will make your room easier to live in and can often make it appear more spacious. We recommend New Look Hunky Dory or No Drama.

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CAN I MAKE A ROOM LOOK BIGGER WITH WHITE?

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Make your room feel bigger than what it really is by asking your local Paint Place to make you up a half or quarter strength shade of that colour for your ceilings and trims.

This will give the illusion of height. If you are using a neutral on the wall, then select a shade of white with the same undertones (such as grey white, or a yellow white) on the trims and ceilings to once again create an illusion of height.

WHAT WHITE TO USE WITH TIMBER?

Timber floors can be tricky to match up with white walls. Try and keep your undertones the same e.g warm or cool. If you have yellow-based timber floors, go for a warm white with just a very subtle undertone of yellow. If your floors have a red base, opt for a warm white.

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