Choosing the right shade of white is never easy. Because, on the contrary to what most people think, different shades of white, although difficult to distinguish, give a greatly different effect. Picking the wrong shade of white makes spaces look either messy or clinical and barren. Here are some guidelines you should keep in mind when picking a shade of white for your place:
1- Make sure that the shade of white you have chosen blends well with the things it surrounds. For example, a shade of white that works with green is different from one that works with beige or even darker colors. You might need to try different shades until you get the effect you need.
2- Experiment with different shades. Try this neat trick: get a large movable cardboard and paint it in the shade you want and see how it looks next to your furniture and how it looks in different lighting.
3- Don’t decide on the first few moments whether you want the shade you have painted or not, leave the shade on your walls for a few days before deciding on it.
4- Keep in mind that you might need to use different shades of white in one room. For example, a white you use in the place where your focus point will be is different from a white you use in areas you don’t want to accentuate, and a white shade you should use in an area that doesn’t get much natural light is different form the one needed in an area full of sunlight most hours of the day.
5- White trims need different shades of white as well, ones with a shine that is. Try to add a glossy or a semi-glossy finish to the trims to make them more visible and vibrant.