A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
Since visiting Mykonos I’ve become obsessed with all things white. To be honest it’s no surprise because my current home and my previous two were painted almost entirely in the colour. White acts as a blank canvas which can be styled according to my mood. With blues, it feels like the Mediterranean, blacks and greys nod towards the 1960’s and greens give off a botanic greenhouse feel. White is calm and contemporary and I never seem to tire of it.
Having decorated and lived with white for many years I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learnt along the way.
CREATING A WHITE HOME
1. What shade of white?
Before you paint, consider the age of the property and the condition of the walls. Some older properties feel cold when painted white and the colour highlights shadows emphasising flaws. It’s entirely down to your personal preference because some would say this adds character and charm. It’s also wise to think about how much light there is in the room. In the past, I’ve found north facing rooms with small windows work better with a warmer white.
I’m certain there are more shades of white than any other colour. From my experience, modern homes look great with brilliant white. I used it in my current apartment and my 1960s flat. But if your property is older you may wish to consider a period white or use brilliant white on the walls and a period white on the woodwork. I did this in my 1930s home and it looked great. I always recommend trying a few tester pots before you commit.
2. Paint application
Two coats of paint give a lovely finish. But if you’re covering a dark colour you may require more. One of the benefits of white is I’ve never had to mask off the skirting boards as I do with darker colours. A quick wipe with a damp cloth removes any flecks. And if the ceiling is the same shade then it makes things even simpler.
If you’re painting your entire property the same colour it’s wise to look out for offers. When I moved into my apartment five years ago I did a little research and took advantage of a paint promotion. There are often deals available especially around the bank holidays.
3. Ongoing maintenance
How often you repaint your home is down to wear and tear and your personal preference. I repaint every four to five years, and I stagger the rooms so I don’t paint my entire home in one go. I also have a touch-up pot to hand consisting of a jam jar of paint and a sponge. A quick dab can cover a multitude of sins!
To celebrate all things white I’ve created a new Instagram hashtag: #simplewhiteliving. I thought it would be fun to collect together the white homes, interiors and inspiration I find. And I’d love for you to join me in the search!