One of the most popular colours in our Hello Colour library has got to be white. And why not, there's much to love! The right white opens up rooms, cleverly reflecting light and making them feel oh so spacious. But the wrong white, can make a room feel chilly, clinical, stark and a little um, well boring.
Selecting the right white can be tricky business. It's just as hard as choosing a colour. Why so? It's those pesky undertones!
Undertone refers to the colour at play in the white. You see, there is only one pure white. All the rest of the white family, start off as a base colour and then have a heap of white added to become a tint (or lighter version) of the original colour. And that teeny, little splash of the starting colour... that my friends, is your undertone.
Generally undertones are grouped into cool (green, blue, grey based) or warm (yellow, red, brown based). The cool white family, they are your inner city hipster whites; modern, edgy, moody and sometimes a little aloof. They're probably downing a double piccolo ristretto as we speak. Cool whites work well when you pop them in a room which receives a heap of natural light (we're talking north or west facing, folks).
If you're after a white which shouts "Welcome Home!" and envelops you in a snug embrace when you enter the room, head for the warm white family. Welcoming and cosy with a summery glow, these whites look super in spaces which receive softer light (east and south facing, peeps). Whites can also be brighter (less of the base colour) or softer (more base colour added).
While it's important to select a white with your aspect and light conditions in mind, take a moment to think which undertone will work wonders with the style of your house. Which will capture the mood of your space and work with the exisiting elements in your room?
With an understanding of undertone and an idea of which type of white ticks your style and mood boxes, it's time to burst forth to the paint shop and demolish the sample wall! The key to not getting overwhelmed by all the options (and there are SO many options) is to stick to the undertone group you've chosen. Clever paint brands usually group their range into warm and cool whites (so handy!), but if you're not sure ask for some help.
Work your sample pile down to two options you love. Then, it's time to test these whites out in your space. Sampling paint is an absolute MUST! It takes so little time and no one wants to repaint a space more than once, am I right? Break out the sample pots. Paint one coat. Let it dry. Paint a second coat. Let it dry. Voila! Stand back and enjoy the white in its new surrounds.
Then, relax and review ... You can do this over a few days. This allows you time to assess how the colour changes throughout the day. Does the undertone work in my space? Does this white create the mood and ambience I want? Does it work with the exisiting finishes and furnishings in my home? Do I love it? Yes? Whoo hoo!
After all this white talk, we hope you've nailed it! But, if you need a hand to nut out the best option or if time is of the essence and you need it done, like yesterday- we'd love to help out.