Mosman Uncovered: How To Pick The Perfect White Paint

IMAGE: Mitch Cameron Photography.

IMAGE: Mitch Cameron Photography.




Let’s paint the walls white. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Until you hit the hardware store and discover that there’s white paint… and then there’s white paint!

The white you choose for your walls should depend on a few existing elements, like how much natural light the room gets, what direction it faces – and the elements you are working with already.

Your existing furniture will play a big part in any wall colour decision and it's important to consider flooring colours, window coverings and finally, how you want the room to be used; as a light and bright open space or a cosy room to retreat to. 


Whites can generally be broken up into two categories: warm whites and cool whites.

Warm whites (with red, beige or yellow undertones) work best in rooms lacking lots of natural light, helping to soften the space and prevent a clinical, sterile and cold vibe.

Cool whites (with black, blue, grey or green undertones) can be used in rooms with more natural light and are well suited to more modern and minimal interiors.

Here's a round up of my favourite warm and cool whites:

Warm Whites:

Dulux Natural White

Dulux Whisper White

Porter Paints Milk

Haymes Pale Mushroom 1

Haymes Organic 1

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Cool Whites:

Dulux Lexicon Quarter

Dulux White on White

Dulux Modern White

Porters Paints Snow White

Haymes Greyology 1

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We are fortunate in the Mosman area to have some beautiful federation details to work with when renovating or decorating our homes.

Cornices, skirtings and period details can be highlighted by a crisper white, with the walls painted in a softer white shade, or varying strengths of the same white used to subtly highlight period details (we used this technique with great success in a client’s sitting room recently)

Dulux Natural White (the most forgiving and versatile white around) paired with a ceiling white is also a lovely option for highlighting these period details.

If you're painting both walls and ceilings in the same colour, a good tip is to skip the ceiling white and make sure you go a shade or two lighter (as it will always appear darker than the walls!)

Finally, always remember to abide by the golden rule – paint test swatches in different rooms of the house, and see how they appear throughout the day and evening, before making your decision.

Good Luck!


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