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What you didn’t know about white paint

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A staggering 90 per cent of our customers opt for white paint in their homes. Why? Because it’s neutral, timeless, and suits just about any interior design style.

We recently wrote an article revealing the most popular Dulux white paint colours. Now, we are going to reveal three facts about white paint that you probably don’t know.

It’s vital to understand how the white paint colour you choose will affect your home and age over time. So, without further ado, here’s what you didn’t know about white paint.

Different white paints give off different tones

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Unless you opt for a true, clinical white (which we do not recommend), the white paint colour you decide on will have an undertone. This undertone or base colour may be pink, blue, yellow, green, or black, as example.

It’s important to keep this in mind when selecting your paint colour. A pink or yellow undertone will yield a warm-toned white. A green or blue undertone, in contrast, will make for a cool-toned white. A grey or black undertone create a very neutral result, which is why Dulux’s Lexicon – featuring a touch of black – is such a popular choice.

White paint will make your furniture and décor look different

White is totally neutral and will have no impact on the way your furniture and décor look, right? Wrong. In fact, depending on the undertone your white paint has, the colour can significantly affect the perceived colour of your belongings.

Colour relativity makes for some mind-boggling optical illusions. Take the below as an example.

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The two circles are, in fact, the exact same colour. The same principle is at work when you paint your home.

White paint can yellow over time

Oil-based white paints won’t stay white forever, which is why we always recommend applying a fresh coat of paint every five to seven years.

Heat and humidity tend to speed up the yellowing process (which is actually caused by oxidisation). Natural light will help your white paint stay white. Keep in mind that enamel paint is particularly susceptible to yellowing.

If you have yellowed paint, you might find our article What To Do With Yellowing Paint useful.

Ready to paint?

Now that you’re a white paint expert, you may be ready to start the painting process! Get in contact with our team of professional painters today – we’d be honoured to transform your home. Call on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page for an accurate, fixed price quote.

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