The Mill Road Abode by TyStyle Construction and Vamos Painters features the Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half Alabaster. Photo: Rikki Lancaster.

Not as easy as it seems, here’s how to pick the perfect white paint to elevate any room

With a spectrum of undertones to suit all manner of requirements, there’s far more to white paint than meets the eye, a tone often chosen for bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere that you don’t want to make a statement. But not all shades of whites are the same and if you know what you’re looking at, there is a sure difference between white and not quite right for you.

With a spectrum that ranges from cool to warm and bright to grey, before committing haphazardly to any old shade with which to freshen up your walls, be sure to consult the colour experts at Resene — because getting the right white can spell the difference between chic and bleak. Below, we share some suggestions for the most appropriate white paint for varying requirements.

To complement bright shades, try…
Resene Rice Cake
When paired with strong, bold colours, this sharp, clean, yellow-toned white will sing.

To brighten a dark room, try…
Resene Half Alabaster
Paint ceilings and window frames a bright white to direct natural light into the room.

To bring the outside in, try…
Resene Merino
This versatile off-white has a green oxide undertone, perfect for a room with a green outlook or garden.

To pair with neutrals, try…
Resene Sea Fog
The hint of grey in this white will complement pastel, muted and neutral-toned furnishings.

To warm up natural textures, try…
Resene Quarter Tea
Materials such as wood, stone and linen call for a muted, warm-toned beige like this one.

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