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  • Writer's pictureJames Treble

Which White is Right

One of the most important components of our house renovation was changing the colour of the house to an all white look. Painting is a very cost effective to update any look but when it comes to picking white, which one is the right one? I get asked this a lot. I’ve searched through the massive range of Taubmans Whites that are available and broken it down into a prospective five. To have a better understanding of the ones I liked I painted all of these in different sections around the house, because light from north to south, east to west, plays very differently on colour…

TIP: write the colours' names down and in order, so you know which painted swatch is which. One of the best investments you can make is to buy the sample pots. They're not expensive.

the paint swatches James bought to make the right decision

Once I got my five swatches on the wall, a few coats and dry, I could see the slight tonal difference even though they might look quite similar. So, that's how I picked the perfect white to make this house the amazing Palm Springs inspired white masterpiece I wanted. Watch the short video below to see the whole process. Taubmans Ghosting is the one we chose for our project, not too sharp, not too grey, not too creamy... but every project is a different one and I encourage you to choose carefully for your 'right white' based on location, architectural style and of course, personal taste.

My quick tips for selecting the right paint for your project:

  • hone down to a few favourite colours,

  • buy sample pots and paint largish swatches on site,

  • paint the swatches on different sides of the house.

James Treble has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. James is also an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for plenty of Design information. Watch his Online Series to see how an Interior Designer renovates his own home.


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