Which White Are You Looking For?

Colour is very important it comes to creating any interior space, especially your home. However, what is the right colour choice? And how do we make sure it is creating the right Atmosphere? Atmosphere is “The pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or creative work”. You will have heard people talking about the atmosphere of a space when walking into any building or home. Colour is a main factor when it comes to creating the “right” atmosphere.

White is the most commonly used colour in interior spaces, no surprise there. However there a million variations of white, the creaming undertones, blue undertones, even sometimes green or pink. The question is which one are you looking for. In this blog I will be giving you an idea of the different types of white, and the colour combinations that work well together. Let’s start with the most commonly used white within homes.


As you can see Dulux: Vivid White is commonly used for as a ceiling and trimming colour, it has a great mix of warm and cool hues to go with other paint colour. I recommend this one as the base white, for the doors, trimmings and ceiling.


Straight away compared to Vivid White, Lexicon Quarter has cool/grey undertone. By principles this means that cool/grey/blue toned colours will work better alongside Lexicon Quarter. Although there isn’t a large difference here on the computer screen, once introduced to natural light, artificial light and shadow the colour will change once again.

The grey undertone of white, like that of Lexicon Quarter is extremely popular in the 21st century home. Looking at the warm browns up against the cool white, create a sleek and sharp contrast therefore creating an atmosphere of structure and depth, almost mysterious yet sophisticated. Whereas on the right you have cool tones against cool tones. The atmosphere created with these colours is fresh, cool (in temperature) and airy. Again, we are only focusing on the colours of paint on the walls here. The atmosphere can change when textures of flooring, curtains and lighting is introduced.


The Dulux Natural White has a clear warm undertone to it, even warmer than that of the Vivid white. At first glance it almost looks like a beige or brown. Once again by changing the undertone of the white you have changed the atmosphere instantly. The warm hues on the left up against Natural White creates a warm, calm yet almost slow and grounding atmosphere. On the right you have a perfect coastal atmosphere, that is If you are not going for the bright Hamptons palette and are wanting something more warm and soft.

Looking at all the colour together you will start to understand which white you are drawn to. The warm hue, cool hue or vivid. Everyone has their own expression when it comes to their home and that why it is always great to get an understanding of what atmosphere you are trying to create. Of course, there are hundreds of whites, but this is a great place to start. Let us know which whites you love more?

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