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How to: Choose the right white for your interior

To the untrained eye, white is nothing more than the opposite of black and a tone often chosen for bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere that you don’t want to make a statement. But not all whites are created equal, and if you know what you’re looking at, there is a sure difference between white and wrong. 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.

1. Resene Black White
If you want to neutralise bright light, choose a cool white.

2. Resene Alabaster
For a contemporary space with lots of windows, choose a blackened white.

3. Resene Bianca
To add heat and sunshine to a cooler, older home with fewer windows, choose a warm white.

4. Resene Half Titania
For a room with a garden or green outlook, choose a green edged white.

5. Resene Quarter Fossil
To inject light into a south facing room, choose a warm white.

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