Monday, April 25, 2011

Which White Paint?




I had an email from a follower in South Australia who wants to paint her house but can't find the right shade of white.

Some are too yellow, some are too grey and cold.
If you have been reading my blog you will know that I have some very strong views on white.
I can't live with creamy whites - to me they look dated. But I once painted a house interior in grey white and it irked me every day.

The best white is a white-white and I recommend shades such as Dulux "White On White" or "Whisper White". This lovely all-white painted house in Brisbane I wrote about in the Australian Womens Weekly (Feb 2011), was painted White On White inside and out. It looks great in the photos and even better in real life. Don't be afraid to paint the woodwork the same shade, just choose a different finish from the flat walls such as satin or semi gloss.

The only other white I have seen recently that I like is on this beach house a few doors up from my beach cottages at Currarong. For an up-to-date look I love this white teamed with a pale grey. Very chic and understated and I wish I had thought of that combination every time I drive by.
For this look I would try Dulux "Lexicon" white - its white but not too cold. If I catch the owners I will ask them what colours they actually used.

What is your favourite white paint?

15 comments:

  1. thanks for the advice..i like whisper white too.
    cheryl x

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  2. Yep! I like white-on-white too and we used it to paint our living room last Christmas. It looks good with everything.

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  3. Thanks for this info, I was going to start this process in the next few weeks.
    White on white it will be !
    Tick that off my (lengthy) list.
    Now for carpet colours , any advice on how to choose ??
    Karyn x

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  4. Choosing a white is hard. I am currently getting my house painted. I have chosen a gorgeous light cool grey colour but the white colour is a plain builders white and wow, it is too bright. I am going to try Lexion white as you said it looks good with light grey. If you get a moment to ask your neighbour what colour white they chose, that would be great. My painter is not going to be pleased!!

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  5. My whole interior of the house is Whisper White - I love it!

    Good to know I picked a winner :o)

    Keren
    xx

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  6. We recently used Berkshire White on the exterior, very nice. on the interior we went with Antique white USA. It is so easy to live with. we love it. best wishes, Jane x

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  7. Whisper white is divine! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

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  8. The inside of our house is painted in 'Berkshire White'. We agonised over whites when we painted it eight years ago. So, so happy with it as our house is a fibro shack and we didn't want a cold white. We've recently painted the outside of our house and along with blue tones we used 'Vivid White', 'White Duck' and 'Salt Spray'. Pruxxx

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  9. Thanks for all your practical feedback. This post still gets lots of readers who are facing the "white" dilemma!

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  10. Would like to paint our exterior a white but have light cream (white birch) window frames. Roof, railings and fencing are all Colourbond Surfmist but surfmist doesn't go with window frames - could we use Whisper White or do you have any other suggestions - thinking of doing the guttering and fascia a colour similar to the window frames plus a grey for an ascent.

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  11. Color white is great. I love it. This is awesome.

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  12. I like white because it highlights good architecture.. Benjamin Moore Cloud white is my favorite. Benjamin Moore has over 140 whites to choose from.

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  13. White exterior painting tends to make homes look larger!

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  14. Hi, I really need help too; we will get our recently rendered exterior walls and we want to choose white color. The roof is pinkish-yellowish color (painted with Shield coat - FANTAN). I thought Dulux Whisper White with a couple of feature walls with Dulux Equanimity colors would be ok. Gutter/Facsia/sofits/gable etc can be Dulux WhiteOnWhite (gloss) I was thinking. What do you think? Whisper White is warm with creamy touch, would it go with Equanimity which is a bit of greyish-blue? Thanks in advance.

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  15. recently used DULUX natural white a little bit warmer than the cool white on white. Went well with the natural stone used on the facade

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