Cream, rosé, apricot or azure… there are many shades of white: how to use them?
White is said to be the brightest of colors and yet there is nothing quite like pinkish white and bluish white. Each brings a different radiance to the room, and this light (or lack of it) changes the perception of the room and the feeling of well-being that emanates from it. It is therefore important to choose it well! It is very easy to compose your own white, by adding a few drops of colorant of the desired shade in pure white. Snow a little golden, pinkish white, apricot cream, what are the different shades? What mixture to achieve the desired effect? Answers.
1. Pure White
Bright and unadorned, true pure white is uninfluenced. It does not contain pink, yellow, or gray pigments, and it is recognizable by its special shine, much like a snow field in the sun. This pure white likes bright rooms, where the windows let in as much light and sun as possible. On the other hand, it is not recommended in dark and north-facing spaces, because there is insufficient light there: it will tarnish it.
Neslihan Pekcan / Pebbledesign
The advantage of this pure white is to reinforce the contrasts with the colors thanks to its extraordinary luminosity. It is therefore interesting to use it in contemporary atmospheres which like strong and vivid colors: yellow, fuchsia pink, “greenery” green, turquoise blue …
2. Snow white
Pure but softer, because very slightly golden thanks to some cream pigments, it remains a true white without apparent nuances. It is appreciated for increasing the brightness of rooms, especially if those lacking in natural light. This soft and luminous white is certainly the one that gives the impression of being “in a cloud” the most, an impression often sought after when you want to bring a kind of “Zen” purity to a room.
KARRE SAINT ROCH
3. Lead white
This white can be recognized by its slightly gray tone, especially if we compare it to a true pure white. Avoid in cold or dark rooms, it is useful for reducing the light intensity of white in rest rooms, where it would be too exciting, especially if the bedroom is facing south, moreover in a warm region. Add one or two drops of gray coloring per liter to obtain the desired shade.
4. Creamy white
Softened with a hint of beige, this white is appreciated for its ease of use because it is much softer than pure white: comparable to vanilla whipped cream, it becomes almost greedy. It reduces the feeling of emptiness of pure white and reduces its anxiety-inducing aspect.
Creamy white has several advantages: it softens volumes, softens the light and has a more velvety appearance than pure white. On the other hand, some shades are a little yellow and give it a “dirty” appearance. It can also depend on the light in the room.
Tip: Test on a sample of at least 8 x 8 inches and see how the color behaves in several places in the room and at different times of the day and evening . Never forget to test a color in artificial lighting!
5. Rosy white
The softest white is certainly the one with some pink pigments. It emanates from it a subtle and warm pink light, which makes it the ideal white for rest areas and living rooms. pinkish white will be sublimated in bright and sunny rooms and it will bring softness and intimacy in colder rooms. Very easy to use, it can be used anywhere! A magenta dye will be used to obtain the correct shade, one to two drops per liter is sufficient.
6. White yellow
Reserved for solar rooms, white with a yellow undertone needs light to reveal its qualities, otherwise it appears grayish.
Tip: Reinforce the nuanced effect of your white with accessories of the same tone (pink, yellow, blue, etc.). A floor lamp, a cushion, a sofa or a rug in the same color as the chosen shade will bring very pleasant touches of color and in harmony with the room!
Lisa Tharp Design
Take advantage of a sunny room to enhance its radiance with a nuanced white to which you have added some yellow or orange pigments. You will thus reinforce the golden and warm aspect of its luminosity!
Legacy Custom Homes
7. White “optical”
Containing brightening pigments, this white emits a slightly bluish light, which makes it… even whiter! This is the trick the detergents use to make powders that wash “whiter than white”! A bluish white will be pleasant to enhance the freshness of the marine ambiences of seaside homes, provided the space is sufficiently bright.