Six White Paint Colours - They Are All You'll Ever Need

Is choosing white paint doing your head in?

You know you want white paint on your walls or trims but don’t know which one to use. If you are stuck selecting which white paint to use in your home, then you are not alone. White paint is one of the most difficult colours to select and when you get it right plays huge dividends.

Choosing something as simple as a white paint is daunting for many and for good reason, Dulux alone has 125 variations of white paint colour.

In this guide I share my favourite white paint colours, the ones I always use, and how to pick the best white paint colour for your home.

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Let’s start with six white paint colours and why they are my go-to. Then I’ll talk about how best to choose and use white paint in your house.

The six white paint colours I use are all selected from the Dulux paint range.

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White Paint - Why I only use these six colours

It’s true, I do only choose from these six colours. They are my go-to’s and here you’ll learn how to choose the right white for any room.

Dulux White Duck Quarter on walls and ceilings - Design by Bella Vie Interiors
Dulux White Duck Quarter on walls and ceilings - Design by Bella Vie Interiors

1. Natural White

Let’s start with Natural White as it is the lightest of the Dulux warm whites and is also their most popular. As a colour it is loved by both home renovators and interior designers for its versatile nature, it will make any space seem brighter. I recommend using Natural White on the walls and complimenting this with Vivid White on the ceiling and trim.

2. Antique White U.S.A.

This is a classic, one of my favourites. It is warm and inviting, a colour that allows accents to be seen. It can be used as an exterior house colour or indoors. It is a colour that suits any space, when using indoors on the walls then try Vivid WhiteTM on the ceiling and trim.

3. Whisper White

Described as a lush, warm white. Dulux calls it the most perfect ivory and it works beautifully with all kinds of colour schemes, Whisper White lets you create a welcoming atmosphere in your home. When using Whisper White on the walls pair with Snowy Mountains Half on the ceiling and trims.

4. Vivid White

My go to white for creating a clean, contemporary look. It is a crisp and fresh colour that brightens any space creating a luscious and modern feeling. This is colour that can be used on the walls, ceiling and trim together. It's also my go-to colour for white custom cabinetry.

5. Lexicon Quarter

I consider this a cool fresh white and my colour of choice for modern, open plan spaces. It gives you the ability to create a space that can be used as a backdrop for your own accents. This is another colour that can be used on the walls, ceiling and trim.

5. White Duck Quarter

I would call this off-white. It adds a softness to any room and errs on the side of warm but is fresh and versatile. It can be used in any room and in any home, both traditional and modern. It is a great backdrop for highlighting artwork and works well with white trims and accessories. When used on the walls try Vivid White on the ceiling and trims.

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Dulux Whisper White on walls Dulux Lexicon Quarter on cabinetry | Design by Bella Vie Interiors

How to Choose the Best White Paint for Your Home

I consider there are two priorities when choosing white paint colour or any colour for a room. No matter who you ask they will always tell you that the natural light in the room and what the room is used for must be considered when selecting interior house colours.

Firstly, I believe one of the most important considerations when picking white for a room is the natural light that the room receives. If a room receives a lot of natural light then you can use cooler white tones as the sunlight will warm the colours. In rooms that do not receive a lot of natural daylight you may want to use a warmer white, this will help make the space feel cosier and less harsh.

Secondly, what are you going to use the room for? Is this a big space that is used all day and suits a light breezy feel or is it a place to relax at the end of the day, therefore something more cozy. How you want to use the room will influence the choice of white colour paint.

Consider the floor as well, as the undertones in the colour on your floors will be reflected in the paint on your walls. For example, pine floorboards mean the walls may end up reflecting a lot of yellow.

Once you have made your shortlist of paints – test, test, test!

After deciding on your shortlist of white paint colours you need to paint a large swatch on your walls or a piece of cardboard attached to your walls. I recommend using an undercoat and two coats of your chosen colour.

This will reveal all the nuances with the paint in different lights. Leave it there for a few days to make sure you can live with the colour and all the changes.

DESIGNER TIP:

A common mistake is only look at it during the day.

Make sure you look at the ​swatch in different lights, in the morning, during the day and at night.

LIGHT

NORTH

Because you get light throughout the day, colour will be intensified. Choose a cooler white like Dulux Lexicon Quarter or Dulux White Duck Quarter as used in the above home.

SOUTH

The light is less direct during the day and a lot cooler. You can play on the coolness with Dulux Natural White or Dulux Whisper White.

EAST

Most of the light comes in the morning and has rich yellow tones. Try Dulux Natural White or Dulux White Antique White U.S.A. to compensate for the lack of natural light in the evening.

WEST

The light is minimal in the morning and gets stronger as the sun goes down. Warmer tones will be energised by the sun in the evening. Dulux Whisper White would be a great choice.

What is the Whitest Paint Colour?

Here I am going to keep it simple, I don’t want to get bogged down trying to define the whitest paint colour. I will go back to the six white paint colours I used before and say Dulux Vivid White is a neutral white paint colour – it is in the middle, not too much yellow or too much blue. It is crisp and is a great colour to use on walls, ceilings, trims and custom cabinetry.

What I do want to say here is that colours on different bases can vary so stick with the same brand paint for both the base and colour. And remember preparation is essential with white as you do not want the colour you are covering to bleed through.

What is the Best White Paint for Ceilings?

You may see that Dulux offers a colour paint known as ceiling white. So is this the only white you can use on ceilings? Short answer is no.

The question then is, do you match your walls, ceiling and trim or do you try and contrast – the answer to this depends on a couple of factors.

If you are using a fairly standard white you may opt to use a standard ceiling white, if the wall and ceiling whites are both very similar in tones, then generally it will be hard to notice the change in colour.

However, if you are using a warm white or deeper white, then you may want to use the same paint for all walls, ceiling and trims.

When the paint colour is off-white it may be too much of a contrast using a ceiling white. This method of painting is common in older style homes like the one shown above.

Using the same colour throughout favours the clean, minimalistic look and it’s easy on the eye. It is also easier to paint and now days most clients opt for the same colour on all or alternatively a diluted version of the original colour on the ceiling. Note how it looks like two different whites in the image below. This is due to the way the light hits it and the difference between looking at a horizontal surface as opposed to a vertical surface.

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Dulux White Duck Quarter on walls and ceilings and Dulux Vivid White on cabinetry | Design by Bella Vie Interiors

Is White Warm or Cool?

You may already have guessed that white can be warm or cool. What makes a white warm or cool? It is the undertones of the white which will make it warm or cool.

  • A warm white will have yellow, peach or pink undertones.
  • A cool white will have blue, grey or beige undertones.

White is a great colour to use in your home, but it does take some effort to get it right. I would love to hear if you have used any of these whites or have another favourite white in your home?

There you have it... You're now a white paint-pro!

You have learned my six favourite white paints, why they are my go-to’s and the only six white paints I use. You can check out the full range of white paints available or select an alternative colour on the Dulux website.

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