One of the looks we knew we wanted for our new home was a white on white palette.
We wanted to maximize the light and create a clean fresh look that was warm, inviting and uplifting.. We wanted to blend new designer pieces with our many pre-loved vintage finds. A lot of adjectives to expect from a can of white paint!
The trick is to layer the many varied tints, tones and textures of white to create interest . White comes in so many shades with red, green, grey. blue and yellow undertones. It is also comes in matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss enamel all giving a distinct textural feel and having different light reflecting properties.
There are about 200 different shades of white on the market. After painting many houses and lots of research and experimenting here are my all time top 5 favourite white paints.
1. ANTIQUE WHITE USA
Antique White USA is Dulux’s best selling colour and with good reason – it has a beautiful soft creamy overtone which adds warmth to any room. It particularly suits period houses and will be the dominant wall colour in our federation home. If you require a subtler creamy tone it can be very successfully used at half or three-quarter strength. The walls in the above image are painted Antique White USA illustrating how this classic white adds style and harmony
2. VIVID WHITE
Another best seller for Dulux, and a favourite for joinery, skirting boards and ceilings is Vivid White. We will be using it throughout our house on trims to provide a great contrast to the Antique White USA. It can be a bit stark for walls but I have seen it used successfully as illustrated in the image above. The classic french doors in the Antique White USA image are painted Vivid White showing its more traditional use in aquaenamel gloss. Vivid White also works particularly well in 2pack for kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
3. NATURAL WHITE
Natural White is a great white for contemporary homes. It gives a really crisp, clean white without looking clinical. Natural White provides an ideal backdrop to create visual interest as shown in the image above where it used on the walls. I love it for modern homes or for achieving the very popular Scandinavian look.
4. STOWE WHITE
This lovely shade has a creamy yellow base.that works really well in modern interiors looking for a softer tone. The walls in the image above have been painted Stowe White – because of the abundant natural light the room has a luminous feel but still very clean and crisp.
5. HOG BRISTLE
This is what is often referred to as a ‘dirty’ white. It can appear a bit grey but I think it gives depth and warmth. We used it throughout our previous modern home and found it worked particularly well in this contemporary setting and as a backdrop to artwork and furniture.
So that is my all time top five favourite white paints. They are all Dulux colours – we are not sponspored by Dulux but do use and recommend them for quality (and we like the ads with the dog!).
What are your thoughts on a white on white palette? Have you used any of these colours? What are your favourite white paints? Leave yours comments below.
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