Warm white, cool white, or a mix of both? Discover when to paint warm and cool whites, and how to mix them for an elegantly understated look.
The perfect white for you

The perfect white for your home

Discover when and how to use warm and cool whites.

When to use warm whites

If you want to create a welcoming atmosphere, choose warm whites that have a little red or yellow in them. These hues create a soft and relaxing atmosphere, so are ideal for bedrooms and living rooms. As warm whites reflect light well, they are also good to use in north-facing rooms, which often have less natural light than south-facing rooms.

When to use cool whites

Cool whites have blue, grey or green undertones, making them look crisp and clean. For a serene, contemporary look, try using cool whites to create strong silhouettes and sharp lines. You’ll find that they also do a great job of showing off striking accessories and artwork.

Cool whites are useful in small rooms, because they have the effect of making walls recede and so a space looks bigger. They also neutralise bright light, so work well in rooms that get a lot of sun, particularly in south- and east-facing rooms.

Mix whites for a sophisticated look

If you’re feeling adventurous, have a go at combining warm and cool whites. Here, cool white walls and a warm white ceiling, floor and table create the perfect backdrop for ornate furniture, striking accessories and a beautiful rug. This creates a classic scheme that surprises in its sophisticated simplicity.

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