Are you sure you want to paint your house white? Among the wide variety of paint colors on the market, painting your walls white seems the easiest option. As easy as it may seem, when buying your white paint, some details should be taken into account, such as the undertone, the brightness, or the type of paint, among others. We reveal some tricks to choose the perfect white for your walls and ceilings.
What is the undertone in white paint?
White paint can have yellow or blue shades, more or less marked, that make the white warm or cold. If you want your house walls to cause a feeling of warmth, you will have to choose paint with a yellow or red undertone. On the other hand, if you want your interiors to be modern and bright, it is recommended that the paint have a bluish undertone. The color of the paint will continue to be white, but that small nuance can cause us different sensations and change the atmosphere of our house.
Coordinate white paint with your decor
It is possible to have white furniture, white walls, and white doors but still don’t seem to fit together. To prevent this from happening, avoid choosing white paint that does not clash with the rest of the elements. If cream tones, wood, and natural fibers predominate in your decoration, the walls should be warm white. In an apartment with modern furniture and steel and glass elements, the walls will ask for a cool white.
Consider the light
The characteristics of the room you want to paint is also a determining factor in knowing what the white paint will look like on the walls. If you get a lot of natural light, this lighting will tend to give the painting a warmer touch, so you can choose slightly cooler shades of white. If you choose cream colors with this lighting, they will intensify and appear too yellow. On the other hand, in rooms with little natural light, especially if you use fluorescent lamps (for example, in the kitchen), artificial light will make it appear colder. It is advisable to choose warmer white paint. Take that into account when choosing the color, as it will affect its appearance. A recommendation? Paint a sample on your wall and watch it change throughout the day in natural light before deciding on a shade.
Matte or glossy white paint?
Matte white paint has a more velvety appearance and does not reflect light as much as glossy white paint. On the other hand, the brighter the paints have, the more resistant they tend to be. If you hesitate to choose matt, satin or gloss finishes for your white paint, first think about what type of room you will use them in. In bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, or children’s rooms, gloss or satin white paint will stay in better condition for longer. Consult the paint’s technical sheet to find out its washability, so you will make sure that you are choosing the product that best suits your needs.