Four shades of white
People usually think of white paint as one simple colour. It actually comes in a range of shades, each with its own unique look and feel. These shades can be divided into four main categories:
It’s important to understand these categories to find the perfect white paint that matches the style of your space and reflects your personal taste. Here are my favourite white paint colours.
1. Neutral White
Oxford White CC-30 is a prime example of a neutral paint colour. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a paint that can blend in with any setting. This shade stays in the middle, not swaying to cool or warm tones. Its versatility makes it suitable for any room in your home. Whether your space is modern or traditional, Oxford White adapts seamlessly, offering a clean and balanced look.
Simply White OC-117 adds a hint of warmth while still keeping a neutral feel. It’s an ideal mix for rooms that want a clean and fresh look but without the coldness that white sometimes brings. This colour brings a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, making any space feel more welcoming and lively.
2. Cool White
Decorator’s White CC-20, subtly mixed with a touch of cool grey, delivers a chic and refined look. It’s perfect for modern settings where a sophisticated yet understated white is needed. This shade adds just enough cool tone to give a room a stylish edge, without dominating the space.
3. Bright White
Chantilly Lace OC-65 is a standout for its clear, bright white quality, free from any undertones of black or grey. This colour shines with a unique brightness, reminiscent of fresh cotton and smooth silk. It’s a true white that brings a sense of clarity and freshness, ideal for areas in your home that need a lively and radiant feel.
4. Warm White
Warm whites are ideal for those who prefer a cozier atmosphere, perhaps to complement warm-coloured floors or to add a snug feel to a room. Here are my two favourites at the moment.
White Heron OC-57
White Heron OC-57 is a timeless white with a hint of extra colour and warmth. It brings a gentle, inviting tone to any space, making it feel more homely and comfortable.
White Dove OC-17 on the other hand, is a classic, clean white. It features a warm, oatmeal-like undertone, giving it a richer, warmer feel.
This shade is perfect for creating a soothing and welcoming environment in your home.
Think about these white paint options in terms of the ambiance you want to create in your room or for your cabinetry. Each colour offers a unique vibe that can influence the overall feel of the space.