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In Focus | The Right White

In Focus | The Right White

White paint colour in an interior is simple, classic and timeless. It's the perfect canvas, allowing you to add colour through decorative elements. As beautiful as it is, selecting the right white can be extremely tricky. Do you select a bright white with cool blue tones, or a warm dirty white with creamy under tones? Which style of interior calls for what? Lynda Gardener, who has a knack for styling the most beautiful interiors has teamed up with Bauwerk to produce a collection of whites. You may remember I interviewed Lynda a couple of months ago... 

Lucky for us, Lynda is back to share her secrets to selecting the perfect white and why it’s her all-time favourite base for any space.

Hi Lynda, what are your personal tips when it comes to choosing white paint for an interior? White is never an easy choice, there are so many options. As a generaI rule, I stick to some basic rules. Firstly ask yourself - do you want a bright, contemporary white or a dirty white for the space? The style of your interior will dictate your decision. Generally, a very bright room in a modern interior will call for a fresh and pure white whereas an older home will sit well with a warmer white shade. Once you decide which one works for your needs, it’s pretty easy. For me it’s either one or the other.

“The amount of natural light in an interior will determine which white you need.”

The raw white kitchen at Lynda Gardener's The Estate Trentham. Photo - Lisa Cohen.

The raw white kitchen at Lynda Gardener's The Estate Trentham. Photo - Lisa Cohen.

Tell me about your two new white colours in collaboration with Bauwerk? I have kept it really simple for the first collection - there are just two whites which have recently been released. Bleached - a bright luscious white lime wash paint and Raw - a dirtier off-white which has a warm, dirty tone to it.

A bright and clean white corner in The White Room. Photo Lisa Cohen.

A bright and clean white corner in The White Room. Photo Lisa Cohen.

What inspired you to bring out a white paint collection? I decided to start a white range, due to it appearing in every single house I have styled, renovated or lived in. It is always my absolute favourite base for a space.

“White is always around me and my go-to colour in all my interiors.”

I really wanted to simplify the difficultly of finding the right white paint and I feel I have done this by having just two whites to choose from - for me this was key. 

Lynda Gardener's The Barn at The Estate Trentham in Daylesford. Photo - Lisa Cohen.

Lynda Gardener's The Barn at The Estate Trentham in Daylesford. Photo - Lisa Cohen.

“This collection really is me and all that I love and believe in.”

Lynda Gardener's The White House in Daylesford. 

Lynda Gardener's The White House in Daylesford. 

What does colour mean to you? Colour for me is always exciting, it’s what makes all our own homes unique. A favourite colour tells a story about the homeowner and what makes them happy.

“White for me provides a blank canvas - allowing everything else to shine within a space.”

What can the right shade of white do for a space?  The confidence in the picking of the right white for your space will make certain it’s not cold - the tone of white must be right for the space. My home in Melbourne has the warmer white in Raw, as it's such a large open space, I wanted it to feel warm and cosy rather than a contemporary gallery white.  On the other hand it can’t be too creamy - when we move into more creamy whites, they can look dated.

A little snapshot of the bathroom in Lynda Gardener's The White House.

A little snapshot of the bathroom in Lynda Gardener's The White House.

In an all-white room, what is the best way to introduce colour for someone who is a little colour shy?  Try it in the art work. You may not want bright cushions or furniture but be bold and brave with art work - remember it can always be moved around into different rooms throughout the year for change and the white base will always be there. You can always add to your white room, use lots of green foliage and plants for a green statement, or bold colours through works of art.

“The wonderful thing about white is there's nothing it doesn't go with it, it never dates and it’s always fresh.”

Lynda Gardener's white paint range with Bauwerk includes two beautiful whites - Bleached and Raw. Photo - Lynda Gardener.

Lynda Gardener's white paint range with Bauwerk includes two beautiful whites - Bleached and Raw. Photo - Lynda Gardener.

Are there more colours due to be released through Bauwerk? Oh that is a surprise! I will be working with Bauwerk throughout the year to bring out my next collection of colours which will be based on a new build I am working on in the country later this year. I haven’t yet set a launch date, as I want to work the colours in with the building as it progresses in real time. This range will be totally the opposite of white - they will be strong bold colours… earthy is my hint to you! 

“I love that I can tell a story through my paint collections.”

We can't wait to see what you come up with Lynda - watch this space later in the year for more of Lynda’s collaboration with Bauwerk.

Thank you Lynda! | Lynda Gardener @lyndagardener | Bauwerk @bauwerkcolour

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