Why Not Delight in White This Summer?

Is repainting on your summer to-do list? Instead of going with this year’s hot colour, why not bring light into your home by painting some of your rooms white and adding colour as an accent?

As white is classic, you won’t have to repaint regularly; just change your accent colours to stay up to date. Plus your art will look fabulous on white.

For those who have trouble deciding, white is not an easy out. Far from it; there are hundreds of different shades of white available from paint manufacturers. But if you delight in white, here are some things to remember before picking up a roller:

Size matters. White can make smaller spaces appear larger, and it enhances certain features of your home, such as beautiful crown moldings or wall niches. However, if your walls are less than perfect, white will point that out.

If you’re fortunate enough to have an open concept first floor, give your space flow by using different shades of white throughout.

Be sure to use the same undertone: choose a greyed white palette if you want a quiet effect, or select white paint with a yellow base for a sunnier feel.

On your paint card, the colour at the top is usually the lightest. Use this for a small room; paint a neighbouring room the next colour down on the card, and so on. The result will be subtle and elegant.

Consider the outside. White will highlight a beautiful view, especially if both walls and trim are painted in complementary shades of white.

And, yes, you can paint wood trim, and white is an excellent choice; pick a semi-gloss or gloss finish for easy maintenance.

If your room gets bright sunlight, a white with blue undertones will feel cooler. Darker rooms will benefit from a warmer white. And the best advice of all? When in doubt, consult a decorating professional.