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Dec 13, 2018

Choose the Right White Paint for your Home Renovation

Dec 13, 2018

How to Choose the Right White Paint for Your Home Renovation

When it comes to decorating a home, nothing beats classic white as a base colour. But have you ever stood in the paint section of a hardware store, bewildered by the extraordinary array of shades of white on offer? Some throw off green tones, some yellow and others grey…

 

So how do you know which white is right for your home?

 

Splitting Whites into Two – Cool and Warm

Every white has a subtle undertone which puts it into the category of either cool whites or warm whites.

 

Cool whites have grey, blue or even beige undertones. Cool whites are the biggest trend right now. Why? They work perfectly in a modern or minimalist home. This makes them perfect by light and breezy homes such as those decorated in the Hamptons Style. They are also perfect for small rooms or apartment living as they can help create a sense of space and are great with an uncluttered and clean aesthetic.

 

Renovated lounge area in home makeover

Ceiling paint colour in Vivid White Matt by Dulux. Walls painted in Rottnest Island low sheen by Dulux.

 

Warm whites have yellow or pink undertones.

 

Warm tones can be great for – you guessed it – creating a sense of warmth. Warm tones can look great in either traditional or country style homes.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen renovation with white kitchen and white ceiling

 

According to paint supplier Taubman’s ‘a pure white has no base colours and is rarely used.’ So what is the best way to test each white? Taubman’s recommend painting a selection of tinted whites as a test swatch and comparing each up against ‘a piece of pure white paper.’

 

 

The Impact of Natural Light

Deciding on the right white can be influenced by the amount of natural light that comes into the room. If you are in a large open plan room that gets loads of sunlight, then cooler whites with a grey undertone can work well. Suzanne said ‘grey tones are huge in interior decorating at the moment and work well with some of the rich blues and colour trends emerging in soft furnishings such as sofas, cushions and throws.’

 

Character Home addition with open plan living, home extension quote, quote to build extension, home renovation cost

 

For rooms that don’t get as much sunlight warmer tones can work better to warm up the room. Cool tones may make a small room feel cold and even gloomy.

 

Different parts of the room will have different levels of light, so it is a good idea to paint test samples in the lightest part of the room and in the darker areas too.

White not Cream

Renovated Hallway with heritage features

Choosing the right white in a character home now has more choice than ever. You can opt for the cooler whites or go for warmer. You just need to be consistent throughout the home. One big no-no though is to go for cream colours. Unfortunately they just look dated and don’t have the clean and crisp feel that the modern shades of white bring to your home. Think along the lines of a stone tinted white instead.

 

A creamy coloured wall can look great in the right home but can look dated.

 

 

 

 

Which Ceiling White is Right?

Ceiling white needs to be a true white and for the ceiling your choice is a whole lot less confusing! Most ranges of paint have at least one type of white designated as their ‘ceiling white’ which takes all the guesswork out of it for you.

 

For the DIY painter, Dulux have Ceiling White NeverMiss which according to Dulux ‘is pink when applied, so you can see where you have painted, and then dries to a beautiful flat white finish’. They also have the aptly named Ceiling White. Either way, the choice is easy for ceilings.

 

New kitchen flooded with natural light by Amerex Renovations and Additions

Ceiling white and walls painted with a grey tinted white on the walls.

 

How to Get Help Choosing the right white paint

Most paint suppliers such as Taubman’s and Dulux happily provide the services of a colour consultant at a very affordable price. Normally this is less than $200 and is a great option if you are simply after a repaint and refresh of your home.

In fact, Taubman’s have an amazing online tool they have called their Paint Visualiser. This is simple and easy to use and allows you to upload pictures of your home (or use a sample room from their website that best matches your room) and you can play around with different colour choices on the screen. We love this tool and highly recommend you try it out!

Childrens bedroom in second story addition featuring a bay window by Amerex Renovations and Additions

Above: the original room is on the left. We uploaded this to the visualiser and selected a shade of blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paint visualizer testing

You can do this very easily yourself and test out all sorts of whites. This can save you time and money in purchasing paint sample pots!


If you are undertaking a more signification renovation project, we recommend getting an Interior Designer/Decorator on board. You may only need their services for a few hours and their advice can help bring your entire look together.

 

From the kitchen, to the bathroom and the living areas, you can use colour and selections to tie the whole look together.

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Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
Rachel Green
Rachel Green
03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
Dona Mecham
Dona Mecham
04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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