We could say that white is white, but with its thousands of shades, white is a much more complicated color than it seems. As soon as it is a little tinged with yellow, blue, green or gray, white becomes a color in its own right to be handled with care. White makes a room brighter but it is also very messy ... And misused, white becomes impersonal, cold or even banal. Discover our tips for understanding white paint and choosing it according to the right criteria.
After work, in a construction or a renovation, white is a first base which allows to standardize the space. To create a neutral atmosphere, we choose a pure white and not tinted. With color pigments gives character to a room and orientates towards warm or cold tones with a wide range of shades. From clay white, to alabaster white, passing through azure white, there is a whole range of interesting colors to work with, as long as you master them well!
There are a multitude of whites
First necessary step, to realize the many existing blanks. If we look at a color chart, we realize that there are plenty of different whites. Most are decorative whites and support another color.
Know how to differentiate a pure white and a tinted white
The undertones of different whites can appear subtle. However, once the paint is applied to a wall, the effect is not at all the same. If you want a neutral white to cover all the walls of the house after work, you must opt for a pure white, not tinted, but there are a thousand kinds of white from the moment you add a pigment.
Choose warm white or cool white
Before choosing your white paint, it is important to know if it will be applied to all the walls or if it comes in addition to another color. When white is next to another color, it should be chosen based on that color. Near a wall in warm tones, we will prefer whites tinged with yellow while near cold tones we will opt for whites with blue, green or gray pigments. In terms of interior decoration, according to Western codes, warm whites will bring a feeling of conviviality with an enveloping hue while cold whites bring a certain freshness to the room.
Choose a white paint suitable for the type of room
Like other colors, white needs to be compatible with the type of room, depending on whether it is a dry or wet room. In a kitchen or bathroom, choose a white paint resistant to mold, humidity, etc. In dry rooms, the stresses are less.
Pay attention to the impersonal side of white paint
Despite its many advantages, white can sometimes bring an impersonal, characterless look to your interior design. If the paint is slightly tinted, it will break this raw side to give the white character. So that it isn't too basic, it's a good idea to add some character to white. In order to bring a little roughness, we apply white to the reliefs (moldings, bricks, white graphic shelves, etc.).
Determine where the white paint will be applied
We often forget it, but the painting of a room includes the walls but also the doors, the woodwork, the baseboards, the moldings, etc. It is thus necessary to determine if it is only the walls which will be repainted or if the baseboards and the doors are also concerned, for example. When different paints are used for similar elements, it is best to mark a certain rupture, a clear demarcation with a white which draws towards another color.
Choose the white paint finish
Depending on its finish, white paint can have different impacts on the space. It is mainly a question of maintenance and brightness. The more lacquered the finish, the brighter the white. Conversely, a matt white paint reflects less light but it has the advantage of being more decorative and enveloping. It also hides imperfections on the walls and ceiling. White paint with a glossy finish is only applied to woodwork.
A white paint to boost the light
A strong asset of white, its luminous appearance must be taken into account according to the constraints specific to the room. White paint reflects in fact twice as much light as a conventional color because it contains reflective particles providing 15% more light. It is therefore also a way of saving energy. In attics, for example, white gives a nice feeling of space. In order to boost the light, white paint is applied to the walls and woodwork in front of the windows.
Watch out for the messy side of white
The biggest problem with white is that it's messy. On the woodwork (doors and handles), stains and fingerprints are numerous. They should therefore be cleaned often. White paints with a velvet finish are a good compromise. There are also paints with a pearl effect which allows stains to slide off the wall, ideal in hallways or children's rooms, for example.
Consider existing elements
In a kitchen or bathroom, a white paint will never be as white as the earthenware of a sink or a bathtub. It is therefore best to move away from this porcelain shade and create a strip of color that will liven up the bathroom. Better to go for a cold white at the risk of having a yellowish side, which would give a slightly dirty appearance.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from a professional painter for your painting work if you are unsure of the color and finishes to adopt at home.