Painting the walls white? Picking the colour should be simple right? After all, how many choices can there be? Actually, whites can be one of the most difficult paint shades to get right. Each brand has dozens of choices ranging from grey, to yellow or blush undertones. You can choose a packaged white right off the shelf but be aware that it might have a slight grey hue when placed next to something pure white (which could be perfect for your space – especially if you’re looking for a more modern feel). Start with a couple samples – Benjamin Moore Cloud White is one of our all around favourites – and make sure to paint large swatches in the corner of your room and on a wall opposite a window. Then see how they look in the daytime and at night when you turn on the lights.
To keep your room from feeling one dimensional, play around with paint sheen. Try flat on the ceiling, semigloss on the woodwork and a matte finish on the walls. These subtle differences in the way light reflects off the various surfaces will add visual interest to your room.
White walls can be the perfect background for high contrast artwork and accessories. Add punches of colour in accent pillows, vases, lamps, or fabrics. Blue and white is one of our favourite combinations but have fun and figure out what works in your home.
Whichever colour you pick, choose a high quality paint that can be washed clean. Your walls will look fresher longer and you can wipe away fingerprints, scuff marks and dirt without constantly repainting. Muralo’s Ultra Ceramic Matte and Benjamin Moore’s Aura Eggshell are some of our favourites.