Trends and fads come and go and ‘Colours of the Year’ entertain us with their whimsy but white never goes out of style. Doing whites well doesn’t need to be something reserved for high-end design schemes, The Designory team has an enduring love of white and we’ll tell you some of our favourite white textures to use in your home as well as how to use layers of white to create cozy spaces.
PAINT – WHICH WHITE TO CHOOSE??
It seems simple enough, but the choice of “which white?” is a regularly asked question along with “does it really matter which white, isn’t it just white?”. The answer is that if yore making the choice to stay neutral and paint the home white, the choice of white can really affect the overall feel of your home. There are warm whites, true whites and cool whites and each has a different role to play depending on the natural light in the home, the colour of the floor coverings and the overall look and feel you’re after. We certainly have a few “go-to” choices from the big brands – Dulux White on White, Dulux Lexicon, Porters Chalk White, and Resene Double Alabaster, but the most common combination we use is Dulux Vivid White for the walls and trim (semi-gloss of course) and a flat Ceiling White for the ceilings and cornices.
There are some beautiful surfaces available now in hundreds of shades and textures of white. Two products we use regularly are Corian in Designer White along with Caesarstone’s divine new range of organic whites and pale concrete look surfaces. For some more interesting textures take a look at the Marblo range or the versatile surfaces from Neolith which can be used on facades, interiors and even joinery. Tiles are of course one of our favourite ways to add texture and interest with a simple white. We love these Moroccan inspired handmade tiles from Tiles of Ezra. These stunning Lace Hexagonal tile from Skheme were recently used on our Paddington project.
It goes without saying that layering white in your home décor and soft furnishings is one of the best ways to live with the sereneness of white. Think cotton blankets, white icelandic sheepskins, handmade argentinian knit cushions, linen slipcover couches, unique white cowhides and handmade white ceramics.