Dimity Living Room

Which White is Right?

Choosing the right white is one of the most important decisions you can make when decorating. A carefully chosen colour scheme can be completely ruined if you chose a bright, plasticky white for the trim and ceilings. Whites shouldn’t be an afterthought, but rather integral to creating the perfect scheme. Every white and neutral shade has different undertones making it suited to different colours, from rich reds to soft blues and stronger tones, it’s important to choose a white that works with the other colours you have chosen.

 

So which white is right for your colour scheme? Below is a handy guide to the whites and neutrals you should choose to complement the other colours in your scheme. This list is in no way comprehensive, but it’s a great starting point to creating a really cohesive look in your home, making your scheme look curated, complete and decorated – something we are all striving for!

 

Warm reds 

A warm white like Dimity, Elephant’s Breath or Skimming Stone with red undertones will complement these colours.

Accents of Eating Room Red ad colour to this otherwise neutral bathroom

Accents of Eating Room Red add colour to this otherwise neutral bathroom

Watery greens and blues

These pretty shades are best complemented by whites with the slightest touch of blue-green like Cabbage White and Pavilion Blue.

Earthy greens

James White and String both have green undertones and works incredibly well with earthy greens like Breakfast Room Green and Lichen.

The mix-match of String and Card Room Green make this kitchen even more interesting

The mix-match of String and Card Room Green make this kitchen even more interesting

Feminine pinks and purples

Choose a pretty white like Great White with lilacy-pink undertones to create a girly scheme.

Try something different an add colour to the ceiling, Nancy's Blushes really draws the eye in this Great White room

Try something different an add colour to the ceiling, Nancy’s Blushes really draws the eye in this Great White room

Cool greys

Whites like Dimpse and Strong White with their blue undertones can be used with cool greys to create a contemporary, architectural scheme.

Strong White beautifully complements archived colour, Chemise in this contemporary kitchen

Strong White beautifully complements archived colour, Chemise in this contemporary kitchen

Neon brights

Very bold colours like Yellowcake, Charlotte’s Locks and Arsenic, as well as saturated darks like Railings and Off-Black work best with clean All White, creating a real contrast.

Bright All White perfectly complements vivid Charlotte's Locks and dark Railings in this contemporary kitchen

Bright All White works perfectly with vivid Charlotte’s Locks and dark Railings in this contemporary kitchen

Warm yellows

Creams like Tallow and White Tie are best suited to warmer yellow schemes, creating a pretty, country look.



Rebecca Maclean

About

Rebecca’s interest in interior design began as a teenager when she had the ‘bright’ idea of painting her bedroom a striking tangerine shade. Today that passion for colour permeates her working life, and at home she enjoys trying new ideas while decorating her first home. Rebecca loves to travel, seeing the world and discovering new landscapes, sights and flavours.


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