Warm whites often carry subtle peach, pink, or yellow undertones. These variations invite a relaxed warmth into your home and can help soften spaces that don’t get a lot of sun.
Cool whites are great for adding a modern or minimalist edge to a space. They often carry blue or grey undertones and are useful in tempering bright light. These colours are softer to the eye and will give you a feeling of a larger space within the room.
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Choosing the right white for your space is all about sampling, swatching and seeing. Start with a Large Colour Swatch to see how natural light and artificial light can affect the appearance of the colour, and adjust the tone from there.
As the most popular interior colour choice, white brings you the perfect canvas to build from, style, and personalise. While warmer whites tend to soften spaces and cool undertones offer more modern foundations, the way we use them flexes to our personal tastes, trends, and the architecture of our homes.
Traditional at Heart
Warm whites are useful in bringing shared spaces together and filling them with an innate cosiness. Accentuate beautiful architectural details, often found in traditional spaces, by playing with clean white trims, such as Southern Alps, contrasted against more complex warm white walls like Cardrona or Sandfly Point.
Make Mine a Modern
Cool whites are excellent for using within interior spaces that get a lot of sunshine. Their bluish grey undertones neutralise the warmth without removing it altogether.
The versatility of white makes it perfect for transforming the exterior of your home. You can create classic or contemporary impressions through establishing a complementary colour scheme. Start with a Southern Alps swatch to help identify the undertones in your paired colours.
Call it a Classic
The simplicity of a white exterior creates a classic look for traditional homes. Pair your white selection with charcoal, grey or black and complete the look with a bold feature colour on your front door for a grand entry.
Max out on Minimalism
Sometimes less is more. Go for a crisp, all-white exterior for a fresh, minimalist look. A white colour scheme gives you flexibility to add colour across trims, doors, fences and landscaping.
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Selecting the right colour can be tricky, that's why we have 100ml sample pots available to purchase online or you can order free Large Colour Swatches. Testing colour is the safest way to make a big decision.