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50 shades of white – how to choose the right white paint

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Do you love the clean, crisp feel that white walls create? But are you struggling to make a decision on exactly which shade of white would look best? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. From everything I’ve read, I think there are something like 200 shades of ‘white’ to chose from! This was a huge process for me, I practically asked everyone’s opinion on what shade of white I should paint my walls – from friends to shop assistants, but every conflicting opinion I heard only made it more confusing.  So, to make it easier for you I have created a list of tips that I wish I had before I embarked on my white paint journey.

1. Find Inspiration

Thanks to houzz.com, inspiration is only a click away.  Try to find photos of home interiors that compliment your colour palette because the colours used in your flooring and furniture can alter the way white paint is perceived.

 

2. Determine the tone

There are so many variations in tones of white, but to make it easier to differentiate which tone is best for you consider whether you prefer warm or cool colours.  Do you tend to prefer reds, oranges and pinks or are you grey and blue lover?  If you’re not sure what tones you usually gravitate towards, consider whether you tend to prefer silver (cool) or gold (warm) jewellery.  This can easily translate over to your tonal preference in terms of interior design too.

3. Test it out

After you have determined your preferred tone, choose 3 colours and put it to the test!  If you don’t have the freedom of painting straight on the wall, paint 3 pieces of foam and stick them to the wall using painters tape.  Keep these up for at least 24 hours so you can see the colour at all times of day – a colour you love in the morning light may not look quite right at night.

4. Choose your finish

So, you have decided on a colour and now it’s time to choose the finish.  Here are the differences between some popular finishes to help you decide:

Flat and matte

This finish has very little shine and doesn’t reflect much light at all.  This high density, low shine formulation is a great if you plan on DIY painting because the texture hides small surface imperfections and brush or roller marks tend to disappear once the paint dries.  However, when it comes to wear and tear small blemishes or spills can easily be sponged off but larger messes or regular traffic can make the clean up a little harder.  I’d recommend this finish for guest bedrooms, studies or rooms that don’t get a lot of wear and tear.

 

 

Eggshell

This tends to look similar to a matte finish but has a little more sheen and is more durable.  This finish reflects some light and usually makes spot cleaning easier. I’d definitely recommend this finish for higher traffic areas like kitchens and living spaces because of its functionality in holding up to wear and tear.

 

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Glossy

This is a great finish for skirting boards and doors because of its durability and ease to clean

 

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