So, having just painted my white kitchen grey, I have decided to be all contrary this week and run a post on the joys of white rooms. Yes I know, but it’s such a calm, restful look and one that I can only aspire to as the owner of two small boys and a cat. And given that it was half term last week, I feel in need of something relaxing to gaze at.
Dulux have also announced the launch of their newest Ultra White this week, which is a tough and bright white so for that reason, this week we are mostly Mad About … White Paint.
Now most people don’t really want an all white room, but take a look at these; the colour comes through the accessories, the textures and the layers that build up in a room.
According to Pantone, you should either use pure white if you crave a really dramatic space, or want to pair it with black or white. Otherwise, if it is a neutral background you want, then go for an off-white. Dulux says it provides a “flawless blank canvas to one-off furniture finds and pops of colour”.
I like a flat, chalky white paint best. Then layer it up with textiles and soft furnishings. We have painted our floors, walls, skirting boards and ceilings all in Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball and, although it gives a uniform look (some call it the gallery style that I love) you would be surprised at how different it looks in each room as the walls are smooth, the floorboards reclaimed and all react differently according to the time of day and the shadows.
One of my favourite combinations is lots of white with natural wood and metal. It’s very monochrome but easy to dress up with splashes of pink or pattern depending on your taste.
I also have a theory that your house is cleaner when it’s white as you can see the dirt and therefore are more likely to clean it up. All those practical colours that don’t show the dirt do make you less inclined to clean it up as you can’t see it.
Here are a couple of images of the Dulux Ultra White. In the first image, the colours are all more muted and natural.
In the second, a jolt of cobalt blue has been added. I love the white stripe at the end of the sofa. I think that is an idea I might copy.
Marianne Shillingford, the Creative Director at Dulux, says the new Ultra White reflects more light than ordinary white emulsion. “That adds an extra dimension to the look and feel of an interior space. Use colour sparingly for the most dramatic effect by adding pops in the furniture and accessories. Black and white are always best friends in any interior design scheme but use it to enhance rather than overpower the crisp purity of this amazing look.”
So there you have it. White paint anyone?