April 5th, 2013
tagged as Muted Naturals
I am so excited about this week's newsletter! My man (Ben) and I are at the halfway point of our first house build and something I am slightly daunted by is making the paint choices....
At our place we want the walls to be a canvas for our artwork and a backdrop for furniture and objects so most of the walls will be white, but these days there are so many whites to choose from, it can be pretty tough to pick the right one!
I am so grateful that help is here in the form of the lovely and talented interior designer Bree Leech (among her projects she is colour expert for none other than Dulux!) over the next 3 weeks she will share some secrets to help guide us along the bewildering path to gorgeous white walls to suit our spaces!
Words Bree Leech
While Australians are embracing colour with more enthusiasm than ever, white still remains the most popular interior colour for our walls. Some head towards ‘safe’ neutral schemes because we lack confidence to use colour and many love the idea of a fresh white space that we can layer with colour through accessories, which can changing seasonally or as our mood prescribes.
People often look towards white as an easier choice, then discover quite quickly that it isn’t as easy as it may initially seem – they come to realise white is never just white, and standing in front of the multitude of choices at the local paint shop can be enough to put doubt in the minds of even the most self assured decorator.
But I can assure you with a few key things in mind you can select a white that works for your home and your style without the need to toss out your paint brushes in frustration!
Image Credit: 1, 2 via Bree's pinterest board
Tip 1: Narrow your focus
With a huge range of whites to choose from, you need to be prepared before you head to the paint aisle. Whilst you may have decided on a white hue, often you don’t have a clear picture of what the end result should be.
You may select a white based on an initial impression or guidance from paint store staff on the most popular shades, only to find as you develop your interior style, the white you selected is too cold and stark or too creamy and warm for the look you were trying to achieve.
Even when selecting finishes for a simple white scheme, you’ll benefit from creating a moodboard, they are fun to create and a fantastic way to guide you towards the ‘white’ style to suit you. A mood board is basically a collection of images, samples, swatches and objects that serve as a visual tool to inspire and communicate a look, feel or idea.
As you begin to collate images or samples of things that inspire you, you’ll start to define what look you are aiming for as your end result. For example, if your moodboard reflects a modern, minimal style with slick finishes and metallic trims, a cooler white is more likely to work for you; whilst if your moodboard appears more traditional, with a sunny disposition then you’ll need a warmer softer white.
I hope you are inspired to go moodboarding and you will be ready for next weeks 'lesson in comparing whites'....
Image Credits: moodboard 1, moodboard 2 via Bree's pinterest board
Bree Leech is an interior designer, trend forecaster, editorial prop stylist and director at her company Texture, she also lends her skills to Dulux as their colour expert.
For more on design, colour and trends you can follow her blog i spy with my design eye, or on facebook, pinterest and instagram.
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