White can be one of the trickiest colours to get right, as there are so many styles of the versatile shade, from warm to cool and everything in-between, while different finishes and lights can result in wildly varying looks.
The good news is that white has come on leaps and bounds in recent years to offer hues that are anything like the cold and clinic iterations of yesteryear. In fact, modern takes are giving a fresh twist to the traditional colour with whites that help create inviting spaces to welcome rest and relaxation, calm and concentration.
But it’s no coincidence. Increasingly, we’re looking at our homes as sanctuaries away from the chaos of the outside world, providing a blank canvas for simpler, more streamlined lives. You only need to look at new trends such as ‘home hushing’ – the delicate art of turning down the visual noise of your décor to create tranquillity – to realise that less has never been more.
Better still, white is one of the most flexible colours in the spectrum, working for any space and with any taste, not to mention pairing with every palette. But the best bit? It’s utterly timeless, meaning a wash of its wonder on your walls won’t need to be repainted again next year, as it’s eternally trendy.
Marianne Shillingford, our creative director, says: “With so many beautiful shades of white paint out there, it’s often difficult to choose the perfect one for your project. But there are some really useful tips you can follow to make your decisions so much simpler.”
Here, we guide you through its nuances and show you how to apply different shades for your rooms with contrasting results.