When we think about white paint, it may seem like a quick fix or easy choice during the renovation process. When I started, I struggled with what to choose. Many people have sample pots, and they test these shades of white as they renovate. But what goes into choosing white paint?
Here is a guide for you to think about as you decide what white paint you might choose.
During your renovation, notice what colors are around you – on the roof, the guttering, and some walls. Work out from the beginning what you want to change and what colors you might keep.
One of the most important things is the color of your window frames. Make sure you choose the right shade of white with the window frames. If you have aluminum window frames that you want to keep, select the shade of white carefully.
A big mistake I keep seeing is people fall in love with a brand of paint, such as 'Lexicon.'
Many builders and people in hardware stores recommend this brand as it is popular. It tends to be a cool grey/green shade, and with some window colors like primrose (creamy yellow), it can look less appealing!
Expecting a popular shade of color to go with all windows fails more often than not.
Look around and see what kind of white colors are there within the interior of the house? Is there a shade of white tiling? What kind of white paint is in the kitchen or bathrooms?
Have you stopped to notice what type of white shade makes you feel good? Some of our students like cool whites; others prefer warmer white tones. If you are renovating to sell, your primary consideration is to know what your demographic would like and deliver that.
If your demographic is older, cooler white tones won't appeal as much cream or beige tones.
Here are some hints for finding suitable white paint.
- Get sample pots
- Test in many spots – in the shade, in sunlight, in darker corners, or with the light on and off.
- Leave it for a few days – then compare them, and don’t be surprised if you change your mind about your favorite shade!
- Outside – consider light reflection; some are too bright for the exterior
- Inside – will it be warm or cool
- Avoid anything yellow
Our Team RARE Top Safe Picks
Taubmans Crisp White – similar to builders white without feeling cold
Dulux Lexicon quarter strength for trims
Dulux Vivid White is okay on walls and trims
Dulux Natural White (brownish undertone) or Whisper White which is a bit warmer
Dulux Antique White USA HALF strength (apricot undertone)
Surfmist can be a bit gray and is very safe as it does not have too much glare; it is a popular choice with color consultants.
Dulux Casper White Quarter (brighter white)
If you choose a Colorbond color, it is easy to match windows, awnings, and gates.
If you have any questions about your renovation or painting, reach out to the Mums and Dads Renovators and Decorators group, or I am happy to chat with you.
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