Most people are often amazed at just how many variations there are of white. So how to choose the perfect white?
1. What’s The Space For?
For a bedroom, look at more relaxing, calming tones of whites. This usually leans towards slightly creamier or natural hues. A pure, bright white is great for the kitchen, which can be too vivid and contrasting for a bedroom.
2. Pick And Choose
Go to a paint store and pick up small sample swatches, moving around to see them in different lights. Put them side by side and you’ll notice that one of them suddenly appears quite green or blue. Then, shortlist two or three that you think works best.
3. Paint Small Bits
If possible, paint small circles (around 8 cm wide) of the different whites next to each other on at least two walls of the room (one near the window). Check how they look in the morning and afternoon, and also put a few items, like furniture, artwork or curtains, against them to help you narrow down your options. Don’t forget to write down which colour is which so you don’t mix them up!
Checkmate! Grid pattern is coming to town. It’s so simple, clean and reflects Scandi design
&Klevering porcelain tealight holder, $9.50, from Bloesem.
HÖST FIBBLA cushion, $9.90, from IKEA.
Knoll Bertoia Diamond chair, $3,712 from Dream.
The Mesh Pendant, $48, from Cluster- Cluster.
Dasha coffee table, $230, from Comfort Design.
My husband went through a phase of giving me vacuum cleaners, sewing machines and Mixmasters. It’s ironic. He is encouraging me to develop a hobby, I think. – Cate Blanchett, 47, on how her husband tries to domesticate her.
Save $15 per bulb when you switch to LED or compact fluorescent lamps instead of conventional incandescent bulbs.
Save $110 when you switch off the storage water heater when not in use.
Save $25 when you switch off home appliances at the power socket.
Save $460 when you use a fan instead of an air-conditioner.
*Based on electricity cost of $0.27 per kWh of electricity.