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Which white do you like better?!

Sushiiphoto
January 18, 2016
last modified: August 27, 2017

My brother bought his first home (hooray!!!) and he's now stuck on choosing a white to paint in the living and bedrooms. Since it's an investment property, we would want to make the house inviting and versatile for the tenants. We all like these two whites I've circled in the image so to help him make his decisions easier, please cast your votes!


Comments (68)

  • PRO
    Derek Wales and Son Surface Coatings

    With regards to the woodwork, i personally like the same shade on my woodwork and love Oil Base Satin Enamel finish, it does catch the light differently to your walls so it always appears slightly different but as House Matters pointed out it depends on how much you want them to stand out and personal preference. I have completed a home with 1/2 strength Natural White on the ceilings, full strength on the walls and 1/2 strength on the woodwork which looked fine and adored by the owners but it wasn't what i would have wanted for myself.

    Regards Paul

  • Swa Neee

    White Cloak, it has a bit more warmth than natural white and Stowe has too much yellow in it to go with the many different tastes in décor of tenants.

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  • gl0w

    Would have made the wrong decision if I hadn't painted big gyprock offcuts and moved them around and checked them at different times of day and weather conditions.

  • PRO
    Porebski Architects

    whisper white is always a winner for me!

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    The Interior Design Enterprise

    It really depend on the kitchen cabinet, wall painting and overall lighting feel but I would choose Stowe White to have a warmer feel.

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  • Eleanor Mcmillin
    We just completed our home and used Dulux Antique White for all the painted surfaces. Walls, ceiling and trim. We weren't sure what colours to use so went that way until we worked out how we would furnish
  • bevyb

    white cloak keep it light !!


  • PRO
    Creative Home Renovations
    I think the White Cloak will keep it neutral so tenants can bring in colour with furniture and decor. Good luck!
    Creative Home Plus
  • PRO
    Jacquelene Symond/The Colour Agency

    How much natural sunlight does the the living and bedroom receive? If you have a lot of natural sunlight you can choose a cooler white as the light tends to warm it up a bit. If it doesn't receive much natural light choose a warmer white. If the choice is between White Cloak Qtr and Stowe White, sight unseen White Cloak Qtr is probably a safer bet. Definitely buy a sample pot of each and check the sample at different times during the day - and don't forget match it against the flooring as it can also throw colour.

  • PRO
    Sushiiphoto
    Thank you for all the great advice! He decided to go with Natural White and it's looking good!!!
  • PRO
    Derek Wales and Son Surface Coatings

    Hi Shusii Photo, glad we all could be of some help, it's really nice to know our advice ended up with a positive outcome. Also seeing some photo's may help someone else's decision. Thanks. Regards Paul Wales

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  • janetcoshrove

    What brand is the Natural White Please

  • dohraime
    @janetcoshrove Dulux
  • bigreader
    Sitting in my Dulux Natural White lounge at the moment. Last love it. Am going to use it throughout (as I get to it)
  • Vy

    I used White Dune Half just recently and that's nice too..brighten up the place.

    White Exchange Half? in my bathrooms was fine as I had earthy colours and grey grout..but had a grey tinge to it in certain light..

  • frostygrrl

    Hi Sushii. Kitchen looks great. They wood panelling makes the room looks dark. Have you consider painting it? In natural white of course.


  • grazz1230

    can i use Natural white walls with Vivid White Trims?

  • PRO
    Derek Wales and Son Surface Coatings

    Natural White walls and white trims will look great as a professional painter and decorater we have used these combinations on a number of occasions.

    Hope all goes well for you, Regards Paul Wales

  • John Henson
    Just finished a house in natural white walls and vivid white gloss enamel. It is a 1950s house so it looks great. I usually roll with the newer the house the more I move toward closer colours on the trims and also move toward satin instead of gloss but it really is personal preference. My brief is always to replicate original due to the government buildings I manage.
  • Alyssa Alban
    john hensen do you have a picture of the finished product as im interested in what it looks like too? what about natural white with half or quater natural white trims?
  • John Henson
    I don't have photos and it's a private rental so not really able to get them now but I do have a laundry with the same colouring that I finished a few months ago in a heritage building. Not too sure if it will give a good comparison as its a pretty rough old sleep out room but will post some photos tomorrow avo for you.
  • grazz1230

    Paul Wales just wondering if you have painted any houses with white exchange quarter and vivid white trims as that is my hubbys choice of colour. have tried sample on my wall and it looks creamy instead of grey. thanks so much for all the help.

  • Vy

    grazz1230 I have white exchange half on my walls and it's greyish looking



  • grazz1230

    thanks Vy. so confusing as my white exchange quarter sample throws off a cream.

  • John Henson
    Alyssa here are some photos of the back laundry that we finished a while back, in a very old house. I hope that it gives you some idea of the natural white against the vivid white gloss. Lighting is obviously an issue but I suppose it shows a different aspect with the differing amount of light.
    I must say it is probably my favourite colouring at the moment for houses over 30 years old. I will probably use this in my own house when it's finished in a year but most trims will be a mixture of oiled jarrah, spotted gum or black butt. Any white trims will be volvox white enamel in satin.
  • PRO
    Derek Wales and Son Surface Coatings

    grazz1230, sorry i haven't used that one before but after lookin at it it does tend to be of a grey tone, It may throw off a different hue depending on what is around it eg. timber floors, carpets, curtains etc. Try painting out a piece of board and moving it around the room in different lights and times of the day it may help.

    Good luck, don't forget to let us all know your outcome. regards Paul Wales

  • zaffa
    So I had this white dilemma a while ago. Natural white, vivid white or lexicon. Didn't want shades of yellow. Mulled over the dilemma for ages and eventually got a Dulux colour consultant in to our new build to suggest colours based on the surrounding environment. We were almost sold on natural white before she came as it was the colour suggested by everyone! To our surprise it threw off a pink tinge and was wrong. Vivid and lexicon three off hues of blue. The consultant suggested a relatively new Dulux colour called Snowy Mountains Quarter. Based on the A4 swatch she had the colour was what we wanted. Not cold but not yellow or pink. It was not a colour I would have even considered - actually didn't even know about it. Apparently (she said) it's the new 'Natural White'. For those of you in the minefield of white (!!) I suggest you have a look and compare the colours against each other's and in your space. We haven't plastered yet but will definitely paint some large plaster boards and move around the house at different times of the day to ensure the colour is right for our space. Has anyone used Snowy Mountains Quarter? I'd love to hear your thought! Thanks
  • zaffa
    Here are some photos of Natural White vs Snowy Mountains Qtr.
    Natural White on right in 1st pic, on left in 2nd pic
    What do you think?
  • John Henson
    Zaffa, I'm going to look at this as it might suit our new house even better than natural. I'll have to see if I can get bio paints in south Australia to colour match as I wouldn't live in a house painted in Dulux paint, so it throws yet another spanner in the works for my choice
  • zaffa
    Thanks @John Henson. Can I please ask why you don't like Dulux paint?
  • PRO
    Derek Wales and Son Surface Coatings

    Hi John , i think that bio will match. If you want clean paint you can also try Porters Paints

  • girlguides
    Definitely snowy mountains quarter lovely fresh white Natural white does throw grey if not enough light
  • grazz1230

    my house has just been painted and I went with Vivid white trims and natural white walls and my house looks great. very happy with my choice. thanks everyone for the help.

  • John Henson
    Zaffa, I don't like the toxic nature of plastic paint or decking oils.
  • Bumper Plates
    This thread has been fascinating! What paint colour you think would best suit a house with Aluminium Classic Cream doors and windows?
  • rma49454

    Hi Zaffa has been interesting reading and very helpful, wondering if you ended up using Snowy Mountains Quarter or has anyone else who may be reading this thread? I'm currently trying to choose a 'white' to go throughout the whole home, is a new build and have so many sample pots, very confused . We have 'Monument' window frames and Concrete floors, the house gets a lot of light. I've used 'Natural White' in a previous home that had timber floors and loved it but think it will be a little 'too warm' for this house?? I still prefer warmer over cold whites, I was thinking about the Snowy Mountains Quarter or Half but someone said it looked grey but that could be because the sample board was up against Lexicon Quarter but that appears too stark and bright. I want a warmer white without being too cream. Any suggestions please?.

  • zaffa
    Hi there, we have just decided on Snowy Mountains Qtr. We too have polished concrete floors, anodised silver window frames and monument/ surfmist exterior render combo. For us, the Natural White was definitely too cream. The Lexicon Qtr looks great where there is direct sunlight but throws off a blue hue when in diffused light. The Snowy Mountain Qtr was kind of in between the two - a nice white, not too warm and not too cold. I can post some pics of my sample boards if you like? We will go for Snowy Mountains Qtr - definitely not grey in my house.
  • zaffa
    By my last comment I meant the SMQ does not look grey in my house
  • rma49454

    Thanks Zaffa, really appreciate your comments, and yes some pics would be great, thank you. I've definitely eliminated Lexicon Quarter.


  • zaffa
    Here are some pics I have ready. I could go back to the site tomorrow and take pics of the boards in different light. The letters indicate which colour - Snowy Mountain Qtr, Lexicon Qtr, and Natural White. The SM half has more grey in it so would definitely go the Qtr.
  • Michael Zyk

    Thank you for the info and pictures Zaffa!

    I'm about to do the main walls in SWQ as well. Your posts really helped me decide. I was almost about to switch to Natural.

  • Hannah Millen

    White cloak!

  • Lee-Anne Doyle
    hi i.m new here.. i.m currently renovating my hole house.. i.m now just starting my spare bedroom. . i have painted the ceiling Lexicon half and the walls white exchange half. . i have cuboards i wish to paint in a bright color. . but unsure what goes with what .. my quilt cover is black grey and white.. whats you suggestions would be ? much appreciate of any suggestions
  • Lee-Anne Doyle
    just like to share what i have done so far ... i made a new feature wall, with wood wall panels, 3 different colors japan black, japan brown and coal.. painted the ceiling Natural white and walls are White duck quarter skirting boards Natural white semi gloss.. and planning to have floating floor boards undecided what color.. i.m thinking light color.. my second picture is with new fan and down lights
  • Tilly
    Use whisper white or China white. Dulux.
    Buy samples and paint on large pieces of cardboard.
    This way you can move them around it different lights and times of the day.
  • joseybell

    @zaffa Did you decide on a wall colour? I was deciding between SMH and Lexicon Half but wondering if SMQ is the middle ground?

  • zaffa
    Hi joseybell. Yes, we painted our home SMQ and love the colour in our space. It's a crisp white without being stark with enough warmth minus the cream tones. I think it really depends on your space. The lexicon threw off blues in my home and natural white throw off cream/yellow hues. SMQ was the midpoint and we're happy with our choice
  • zaffa
    Here are some photos of the SMQ
  • joseybell
    Thanks so much. It looks wonderful. Did you do ceilings and walls in the same colour?
  • zaffa
    Yes. All in SMQ. Thanks for your comments. We are happy with the result