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Color White - Trend 2016, White walls are right for you!

Here are some rules of thumb you’ll want to consider before painting your walls white so you end up with a beautiful space in reality, it is not necessarily true that white wall paint will instantly make every room feel bigger and brighter. But the photo might not tell the real story. Photos have the capacity to make a space look ensconced in natural light, which is inherently more attractive

AVOID WHITE: No natural light Similarly, if the room has little to no natural light, painting its walls will make the room appear flat and lifeless. Avoid white walls in these spaces, regardless of how much your heart wants them. Remember, you need natural light for vibrant white!

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Need a light fixture If your room needs artificial light sources during the day, it’s not a good candidate for white walls. This is a good starting indicator of whether or not you should even entertain the thought of white walls in your space.

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Space dark and tight Although we hear often that white walls make spaces appear brighter and larger, this is only partially true – they appear bright when the room itself already has a great source of natural light. Small, dark spaces should not be painted white. A medium-toned neutral color always works better in small, dark spaces, to add energy and oomph. (Darker colors may be used, but only if you intentionally want the space to feel smaller and cozier.) However,a small space that does have natural light can thrive with white walls.

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USE WHITE West facing site - Choose warm white. If your room receives light from west-facing windows white walls with warm (read: red, yellow, brown) tones will look best.

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Noon sunlight - Use clear white. If your room is oriented away from midday sunlight, a clear white paint will work. This is because white walls will capitalize on the greyish-blue natural light and keep things in balance.

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Naturally bright - go for white. As you likely thoroughly understand by this point, it comes down to this: White walls work best in a naturally bright room, where the light coming in just seems to build on itself by bouncing all around.

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Focal site choose - background white. You could paint white walls as the “background” surrounding an accent wall, but only if the room already has plenty of natural light. When it comes to sculptural, textural, and other artistic-type elements displayed in your home, white often provides an excellent backdrop. In a modern, rustic, or industrial space, white walls can excel in showcasing your stuff

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Soft natural sight - Complement with white. White walls look great in a home with a gorgeous natural view, such as the ocean. The color frames and enhances the view itself, rather than distracts from it. However, if the lake view is stark and harsh, such as that in Lake Conroe in the winter, white walls might add to the harshness.

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If you choose white - Get tone right! If you do decide that white walls are best for you, be sure to choose the right white for your space – blue/grey/green undertones, or red/yellow/brown. There are probably as many shades and tones of “white” as there are actual colors!

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Pablo Arguello


Two Hughes Landing

1790 Hughes Landing Boulevard - Suite 400

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Office: 281-516-8180 EXT 1

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The Woodlands Remodeling Services

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