We all know that the colour white is the symbol of purity and innocence. It is also often chosen for its versatility in fashion, decoration and other sectors. Painting your walls white is therefore a good idea, but it can also have certain drawbacks.


Consider the source of natural light. Before painting a room white, identify its orientation. Rooms that face the midday sun receive grey-blue lighting, which is ideal for a summer bedroom, gym or studio where you want consistency. A light white paint will optimize the light in these spaces while keeping them cool. What's outside affects what's inside. Take a look out the window and decide if the light-blocking foliage helps or hinders your use of the room. For example, a deciduous tree outside a south-facing kitchen and family room (in the northern hemisphere) will condition the house year-round so that there will be more sun in the winter and shade in the summer.


When we talk about white colour, the range of shades is numerous (alabaster, clay, ivory white, foggy azure...). Most of them create luminous and invigorating spaces when applied to walls. When people complain that white rooms are dull and boring, they usually refer to those decorated in those cream, off-white, neutral tones like the magnolia that was so popular in the 1950s. A house painter near Belgium can contrast essentially white walls with any colour to create a bold palette, although this works best with non-neutral shades. But it is important to make the right selection, taking into account the qualities of a painter. Black is of course the obvious choice, especially if you are looking for a minimalist or Japanese-inspired style for the room. But it works equally well with reds, blues, yellows and greens.


The main disadvantage of a white wall is that it is more easily affected by stains such as dust that accumulates, food marks, paint, pen ink or coloured pencils applied by children... Also, it can be very difficult to remove them, especially if they have been there for a while. In addition, white paint can fade quickly, especially if it is exposed often and directly to the sun. White walls also tend to create an icy atmosphere by removing their warmth. If the type of paint is poorly chosen, shiny walls can be blinding in contact with light. So don't hesitate to check the qualities of a painter when you consult one to choose your white paint.