The Best White Paint Colours For Five Completely Different Looks

We’ve paired up five of our favourite whites with their matching decor style to make your paint hunt a little easier.

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White is so much more than white. Thanks to different undertones, it can either warm up a room or cool it down. Here’s five different hues of white that will transform your space, depending on your decor style.

Traditional 
For a more formal look, search for whites that have grey or green undertones like Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin on the walls below. This white creates a soft feel, perfect for a room filled with elegant, traditional decor.

(Photo, Farrow & Ball.)

Contemporary 
Classic black and white decor is always in style. For this look, search for a hard-hitting “pure white” colour with cool (usually blue) undertones, like Benjamin Moore’s sleek Super White featured on the walls below.

Super White Benjamin Moore, Design by Anthony Wilder Design

(Room design and photo, Anthony Wilder Design Build, Inc.)

Rustic 
For a rustic look, avoid stark whites and instead look for colours that have creamy yellow undertones, like Parchment Paper from the Chatelaine Colour Collection on the cabinets below. 

Cottage Kitchen Photo, Roberto Caruso

(Photo, Roberto Caruso.)

Modern
This style works best with a warm white, like Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White on the walls below. Try incorporating wood accents in an all-white room to make it feel less stark, and instead more organic.

(Photo, Farrow & Ball.)

Vintage 
We love this whimsical style, complete with floaty pastel fabrics and weathered wood accents. Try Benjamin Moore’s Distant Grey to complete this look — its soft-grey undertones result in a warm, vintage-looking hue.

Vintage Prarie, Photo Sian Richards

(Photo, Sian Richards.)