5 things nobody tells you about painting your walls white

5 things nobody tells you about painting your walls white

Painting a room white can make it feel more open, clean, spacious, and modern - but there’s more to white paint than you might think. It’s always the go-to colour when it comes time to paint interiors. However, most people do not know that the smallest variation in the undertone can majorly affect your space.

Take note of these 5 things before you paint your walls white.


1. There are very few white paints that are pure white 

Many people think that all white paints are pretty much the same and that they are actually white. White paints can have a variety of different undertones- including: blue, red, yellow, and even green. To see the differences hold your samples against a white sheet of paper and suddenly you will notice how different each f the white paint colors are.

All white paints fall into 3 categories

  • warm-toned have a yellowish or golden undertone 
  • cool-toned have a blueish undertone
  • neutral/pure white 
Lady choosing paint samples

2. All white paints start off with a white base

They all start out the same and then tints are added to them to create a subtle hue, which is the undertone. 

3. The same white paint will look different in different rooms

White paint on a wall will look different depending on-

  • How much natural light does the room get
  • Other sources of lighting you have in the room (e.g.is it warm or cool lighting)
  • What colour the furniture or features are in the room
lady choosing paint for her home

4. A fresh coat of white paint is the cheapest way to freshen up a room

Can’t afford a full reno? A quick layer of white paint is the cheapest and easiest way to bring new life to a room.

5. Using a variety of finishes creates dimension

Use the same shade in various finishes throughout your home, with a low sheen on the walls, semi-gloss on the doors and trims, and flat on the ceiling to give it that extra depth.


White is a really great choice – when done right. The key to going with white paint is choosing the right shade of white. Picking the right undertone for your space can make or break your space, so choose wisely!


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