Here's my top favourite white paints.
Picking the right white to paint your beach house can be a daunting task. Selecting a white sounds simple enough but when you pop into the paint shop for your can of white paint - you are confronted with hundreds of options - so which one do you choose? After years of experience and playing around with paints these are are my top 5 favourite picks.
#1 Dulux - Natural White
A crisp, clean modern white that will give you a fresh, gallery like feel. Anything whiter than this can look a bit clinical. This is my pick for a contemporary, modern beach house or a Scandinavian feel seaside cottage.
#2 Dulux - Antique White USA
This is probably Dulux's best selling colour. It is a warmer, more classic colour with a soft, subtle creamy overtone. It suits period homes or houses where a warm, welcoming feeling is sort after. If it feels a little too creamy? Try reducing the strength to a three quarter or half strength. Anything creamier than this is getting a bit too old fashioned.
#3 Dulux - Hog Bristle
Odd name but a great colour! This is not really a white but it is a great alternative to stark, white walls. It has depth and warmth and adds a lot of character to a house. I usually paint a house in one colour only but sometimes it's nice to throw in a bit of 'Hog Bristle' to add interest - it's warm beigey feel compliments the sandy tones of a beach house.
#4 Dulux - China White
An unusual colour - 'China White' has very subtle undertones of green and cream which give it warmth and interest. Despite the name it is not even really a white but it is a great paint colour for a beach house where a bit of depth is required on the walls. This colour also helps bring the outside elements in by blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. It works well with earthy tones and lots of textures.
#5 Dulux - Vivid White
Also know as Dulux's ceiling white - this is the perfect white for painting ceilings, white glass splashbacks (don't forget to use low iron glass) and it's my favourite white for joinery. I feel it's too stark for walls but it's the perfect answers for crisp white 2 pack kitchen and bathroom cabinets!
# Test Out The Colour First
Paint will look different in every house and every room depending on the light, aspect and the decor so be sure to buy a decent sized tin of sample paint and test it out before you commit to a whole house. Better to be safe than sorry!