The best shades of white paint

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The best shades of white paint
Decorating a room painted white allows for multiple options as white pairs nicely with any colour. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Painting is one way to transform a room, wall or space in to something different simply by changing the colour of the area. White paint is used often because it is easy to match when it comes to adding decorations, furniture and additional items to an area. Though it may seem silly, white is not the only shade of white available in terms of paint. Choosing the best shade of white depends on the end result you are hoping to achieve.

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Purest and Brightest White

The simplest and most pure white paint is one that has no visible tones or hues associated with it. This white paint is referred to as being "bright" and is a clean version of white paint. This means that is will not reflect or show any subtle undertones when other colours are placed on or near the area. This type of white paints works well for ceilings in all rooms as it prevents reflective colours from showing up and also works well when you are designing a room with a bold look to it. For example, pure white paint can be used in a room that will have bold and primary colours used throughout such as black or red.

Yellow-Tinged Whites

White paint that has tinges of yellow or yellow-based colours throughout come in various shades such as antique white. This colour variation is a good choice for areas that you want to decorate in more soothing colours and palettes. Examples of areas that yellow or cream coloured whites work well include kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Good colour pairings with this colour include shades of yellow, orange, brown, beige and green.

Blue-Tint Whites

White paint that has subtle hues of blue in the background can make a room come across as being soothing and inviting. This shade of white works well when you are planning on decorating the room with blues, purples and blacks. The soft and subtle tint of blue in whites that are created using a blue-tint base can allow you give a room just an ever so slight hint of colour even though it first appears to be solid white. Try this shade of white for use in dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and even family rooms.

Dirty or Gray Whites

Though white is generally chosen because it is clean in its appearance, using a dirtier shade of white is also a common way to get a look that matches up well with many other colours. White shades that have slight hues of grey or brown embedded within can help when decorating with a multitude of colours and styles. For example, using a grey-tinged white paint allows you to decorate using any colour from jet black to soft pink. Using a darker shade of white works well in heavily used areas, such as the kitchen, since grease and dirt will not show up as quickly and prominently on the darker shade of white.

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