How to choose the right white paint, according to design experts

Choosing the right shade for your home can be overwhelming.
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Choosing a shade of white is easier said than done. With so many different tones and tints on offer, choosing the right paint for your home can be overwhelming.

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Six design experts reveal their top tips to help navigate the options for your next paint project.

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Dulux natural white

“Natural WhiteTM is a warm white and its versatility spans across new and old properties, contemporary homes, as well as traditional. It is an excellent choice if you are giving your home a facelift before sale as it is easy to work with when styling with fresh plants and light coloured furniture.” – Sara Chamberlain, The Real Estate Stylist 

Dulux Whisper White

“Whisper White is warm, welcoming and has substance, and period properties – Victorian and Edwardian homes – bene t from this white given its depth. In a space that doesn’t get much bright sunlight, Dulux Whisper White can really lift the room.” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Taubmans Cotton Sheets

“I often gravitate toward Taubmans Cotton Sheets as it’s a natural white that feels crisp and light. I tend to use this in interior spaces that have a lot of natural light, warm timbers and earthy tones. Usually, I often use Cotton Sheets as my wall paint as it’s perfectly paired with a more vivid white for timber trims and kickboards.” – Mariah Madder, Folk Studio
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Dulux Antique White U.S.A.®

“Antique White U.S.A.® is my hero of all whites as it is fresh and crisp without being austere and clinical, and tends to work in most spaces despite varied conditions. A total all-rounder that never disappoints!” – Julia Green, Greenhouse Interiors

Dulux Hog Bristle® Quarter

“Hog Bristle® Quarter is a beautiful warm white that has the slightest ‘biscuit’ undertone – it has always been my go-to when creating cozy spaces. I have seen this colour work beautifully in heritage homes, but equally in spacious lofts to avoid austerity.” – Julia Green, Greenhouse Interiors

Dulux vivid white

“For me, I don’t like a white to throw too much yellow or too much blue – so Dulux Vivid WhiteTM is perfect as it sits in the middle. It is the purest white you can get.” – Bonnie Hindmarsh, Three Birds Renovations

Taubmans Whisper White

“This is perfect for interiors with a lot of natural light, it isn’t so bright that it will blind you when the sun hits the wall and still feels warm and inviting.” – Mariah Madder, Folk Studio

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Dulux White on WhiteTM

“White on WhiteTM is a cooler-toned white that is clean and energising, suited to modern homes with timber or concrete flooring, as well as hard surface areas like the kitchen and bathroom.” – Bonnie Hindmarsh, Three Birds Renovations

Dulux Lexicon® Quarter

“Lexicon® Quarter is a versatile white that has a slightly blueish undertone – it is crisp, clean and bright and works beautifully in modern spaces, as well as a backdrop for colourful and eclectic art, furnishings and homewares.” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Porters Paint Popcorn

“I am loving this shade at the moment – it’s the perfect combination of creamy and fresh and gives a softness to contemporary interior spaces. I’m currently working on the interior of my own home and have selected this colour because it sits beside the plywood joinery and the Victorian Ash flooring we’ll have, really well.” – Natsia Gladushchenko, mural artist

Dulux Lexicon®

“Lexicon® is a bold white and pairs brilliantly with timber flooring, exposed brick and polished concrete. It is a perfect shade for displaying your artwork collection or bouncing around lots of natural sunlight.” – Amy Chamberlain-Primrose, The Real Estate Stylist

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