7 Things to Know Before Going All White With Your Walls


White is an amazing color, if you can actually call it that. But, nevermind the correct terminology, white remains one of the all-time great paint choices for virtually any area of any home anywhere in the world. It’s popularity has also experienced a surge in recent years with the advent of online home bloggers and interior design professionals showcasing their portfolios and preferences for the endless shades of white.

But, is there such a thing as too white? Can you make big mistakes incorporating different shades of white and almost-white into the spaces of your home? Well, yes, and it’s always best to consult expert home remodeling contractors from San Diego before making final decisions on just how much white to include in your remodel. That, and read some additional advice listed here.

What do I need to know before painting my walls white?

If you want to add a bit or a lot of white to your home to expand the space, make it look neat and clean, or for any other reasons, you need to get more information on just how to make all that white work well.

Consider your natural light sources

The first thing you should always pay attention to when looking to paint a room entirely white is to inspect the orientation of the room and discover the direction and the angle of the light for that room. This will help you accurately determine which hues the light bouncing off the walls will receive and whether or not that suits the purpose of the room.

It’s important to not only consider the orientation of the room you’re thinking of painting all-white, but to also pair that aspect with the area of the USA you live in. For example, rooms facing away from noonday sun will look great in white, while such a color scheme would not work as perfectly for a north-facing room in a home in New England.

Also, rooms that face south in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as those that face north in the Southern Hemisphere receive intense light during every day. This will illuminate the room in yellow and red hues, especially on a clear day, and white paint can help cool those hues down into a more natural and pleasant light for your room.

Exterior of your home affects interior design choices

There might be foliage outside a particular room, such as a deciduous tree in a south-facing kitchen or living room in a home in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the room in question will require more sunlight and illumination during winter, and more shade during summer, making “colored” white an excellent choice for non-excessive bounce of low-angled sunlight in the winter.

Or, if your home boasts an incredible view, and you’ve already decided to paint the walls white, think about doing the same with the trim. This will give your home a frameless look while helping expand the presence of that view inside your home, making it all the more appealing and striking.

Think twice about the “gallery” look

The gallery look is a term used for using white paint on the walls to drop out the architectural details and focus all the attention on other aspects of the space, which is usually artwork in galleries. In homes that do not feature art or a great view, white can be a too stark of a backdrop for the regular home clutter and disorder, especially if you have young children.

Keep your design style in mind

White is a color of restrained style, completely refined and classical, making it a perfect interior color for federal or Greek revival interiors. This is an instance of the choice of wall paint color being influenced by contextual requirements of a particular style a homeowner is aiming for.

Use white if you want to expand your space

Rooms that feature white walls seem larger than those painted in different colors due to the amplification of light white produces. Edges, as well as shadows, diminish in all-white spaces, additionally adding to the impression of size. This is why white can be a great choice for expanding smaller spaces around your home.

Incorporate texture to avoid your home looking sterile

White everywhere can quickly become too sterile to be pleasant and appealing. That is why incorporating different textures to white surfaces around your home will help you avoid the overly-sterile look while retaining the feeling of cleanliness white brings.

Closets don’t have to match the walls

Finally, no matter the color of the walls in the room that features your walk-in closet, remember that white is always a great choice for confined spaces that rely on artificial light. A white close space can help amplify the artificial lighting in your closet, making it seem more spacious and a lot more inviting for your daily wardrobe considerations.

Which home remodel contractors in San Diego know how to do white?

White is never outdated and it will never go out of style. However, just deciding on doing what all around your home might be a decision you end up regretting, especially if you don’t consider the different aspects of painting your walls white prior to your decision. That is why you should always turn to qualified professionals from Lars Remodeling & Design for help.

With so many different home remodeling projects in our portfolio, we are confident that we will be able to incorporate all the white in your home with style and grace. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a luxurious whole-home remodeling service, or you want to add some functionality with a single-room addition. We are here to do what you want us to do. Contact us today!