The difference between warm and cool whites and how to choose one for your home

There are a lot of different white paints to choose from and it can be very daunting process deciding which one to choose! So read on to find out how to choose the right white for your space…

Most whites have an undertone of a colour depending on how they are mixed which can show through and give a room a certain feel depending on the light and what time of day the light is present.

Cool whites have an undertone of blue/black and can neutralise warm afternoon sun colours so they are great for rooms which receive a lot of light, especially those with North facing windows. Cool whites are great for achieving a modern, minimalist look. Whereas warm whites have a yellow/pink/brown undertone that can increase the warmth of a room making it feel more cosy. A warm white works well in traditional and country style homes.

When considering an interior white paint, start by taking note of the light of your rooms and the time of day. When you have an idea of what kind of white you might like, head to the paint store and grab some sample cards to take home and have a look at in different light within your home. Narrow it down to 2-3 that you like. Get some sample pots and some large pieces of card. Paint the card with at least two coats of the paint and stick them up in the rooms you plan to paint, in a corner is a good spot as it will show light and shadow over the day. Then take note of the colour over the course of a day, comparing each colour. What do you like or don’t like about the whites you have chosen?

If you still cant decide on which colour you would like, our team can help guide you, give you suggestions and help you choose the perfect colour for your home

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