White Hues as House Paint Color

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White is classic, formal and refined in style. You may think white is boring but there is nothing more beautiful than white. A white wall is timeless. Depending on the room it can be read as classic or contemporary and depending on the tint it can be warm or cool. It is regarded as perfect backdrop. The recent trend towards simplicity in décor can be summarized in just a single color—white. In fact, simply white was Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year. The versatile hue has the power to highlight certain features of your home without competing with others.

Getting right white paint can be a daunting proposition. A coat of white can do wonders in one room and wreak havoc in another. Like other colors, white is associated with temperature, mood, light reflective and style along with maintenance requirements.

Scientifically speaking, white is the color of light when all the colors in the light spectrum are present. However, in regards to paint, whites consist of smallest amount of color pigments. That does not mean whites cannot come in a variety of tints. Just like the rest of the color wheel, white hues come in both warm and cool tints. Cool tints are refreshing and crisp while warm tints are inviting and homey.

White walls create optical illusions and make small spaces appear larger. Rooms painted white appear larger due to the amplification of light. Shadows and edges also diminish in white spaces. Another great thing about white is it also keeps dark rooms bright and airy.

The optical illusion white provides is its ability to highlight architectural elements and create sharp cleanliness. Due to this reason galleries paint their walls and trim the same bright, white paint color. It drops out the architectural details and focuses attention on the artwork. The same method works for homes, too. But if your home does not have a noteworthy collection of art or a breathtaking view, white can be stark and uncomfortable as it also tends to show imperfections, marks and disorder.

Warm whites are most often used to create traditional and elegant styles whereas cool whites are commonly witnessed in the use of modern or contemporary designs.  Crisp whites can keep a room neat and simple.

It is important to be aware of the use of white in variety of situations.  The first rule of thumb while using white is: never over do it! Too much white will push a room to the point where it is so clean and crisp. This can be uninviting to many observers. But this does not mean one should not use white. It simply means to consider the situation before applying the white.

White is simple and sophisticated but choosing white without considering few things will be mess. White is not a shy color. It highlights everything that comes in its path. But the same white paint that makes one room magical can make another look frighteningly chilly. Often times all it takes is just a little addition of another color to warm things up or tone them down. Your best bet is a kinder and warmer white that has just the hint of gray or beige in it.

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