(NC) Ready to repaint but not sure how to pick the perfect neutral? Benjamin Moore colour and design expert Sharon Grech shares her top four tips to help you choose the perfect white paint for your space.
Know your exposure.
Overall lighting and the orientation of your room are the most important considerations when choosing paint colours, especially when it comes to selecting the right tint of white. Whether your room faces north, east, south or west, there is a white paint designed to bring out the very best in your space’s natural light.
“If you have a north or east exposure, opt for warmer whites. Look for options with cooler tones to counterbalance south and west exposures, such as Decorator’s White OC-149.”
If you’re in a space with limited natural light such as a basement or small den, consider Chantilly Lace OC-65, a bright designer favourite to bring an added sense of space and light to any room.
Pay attention to the undertone.
When selecting neutral paints, one of the key differences to keep in mind is the undertone. From pink to green and everything in between, you can find a white paint with an undertone to suit your space. When selecting a white paint, consider the colour of the furniture and flooring in your space — if you tend towards warmer hues, opt for a white paint with a warm undertone to create a cohesive feel.
Express your sense of style.
From modern to traditional, white paint can bring out the best in a range of design styles. Express your personal taste and give your neutral space a warm and inviting feeling by adding texture with throw blankets, cushions and rugs in natural fibres. To accentuate architectural details and add extra dimension to neutral walls, Grech suggests painting details such as trim, mouldings and even furniture in a high-gloss sheen to add a striking contrast to matte or eggshell walls.
Test before you paint.
Sharon’s top piece of advice? “Always test a few variations of white paint on your walls before painting the whole room.” A white paint that looks perfect in the store could look totally different once it’s in your space.
Once you’ve found your perfect tint, make sure to prime your walls if you’re painting over a bold colour. Choose a paint like Regal Select interior paint to achieve professional results and flawless coverage.
GO FOR BOLD WITH THE RETURN OF MAXIMALISM
(NC) This season, it’s time to embrace a “more is more” design philosophy with the return of maximalism. To help you bring this season’s hottest interior trend home, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares her top three tips to go all out with maximal style.
Saturated colour, vibrant prints and a mixture of furniture from different eras and styles help define a maximalist esthetic. Looking for colour inspiration?
“Look to the exuberant colours of the 70s and opt for jewel tones and striking hues of mustard yellow or a bright turquoise like Deep Ocean 2058-30,” suggests Grech.
Show off your style.
Maximalism gives you permission to show off and celebrate your prized possessions throughout your space. If you enjoy collecting items, and tend towards a more eclectic, glamorous look, this trend will help bring out the best in your space.
However, don’t give into the temptation to clutter every surface. “Allow your favourite pieces to shine by creating styled vignettes throughout your space following the designer trick of grouping objects in threes,” says Grech.
High drama in small spaces.
Not ready for a full house of dramatic colour? Choose a small room to make a maximalist splash. “Powder rooms are the ideal space to experiment with bold hues and dramatic accents,” says Grech.
Create a mirror-selfie-worthy powder room by selecting a bold hue in a matte finish, using humidity-resistant paint such as Aura bath & spa and pairing it with an extravagant mirror for instant drama in the smallest of spaces.