A high-class neutral that seems much softer than pure whites; a perfect white to use as a background color or to underline architectural details.

LRV 85

Choosing the best white paint color has always been challenging for professional decorators and homeowners. Luckily, there are a few shades created for almost all possible scenarios. One of them is Natural White, the brightest of warm whites with a timeless and versatile appeal that “never fails to impress.” Needless to say, Natural White is one of the most popular white shades used both inside and outside all around the world. In Dulux’s New Forecast, it is part of the Solstice collection, created especially for those who want to transform their abode into a soothing escape. So, we invite you to explore or rediscover this trendy hue. Expect detailed features, matching colors, design ideas, and more. 

Natural White Paint Color Features

Natural White perfectly describes the color behind it. This emerging trend is one of the most neutral white shades. Next to a pure white tone, Natural White seems softer, more moderate, and restrained without feeling too bright. It is a natural shade of white that looks organic and authentic, inspired by nature itself. Soft like natural linen, it fairly brightens the space and underlines the internal and external architectural features. Designers and decorators alike cannot get enough of this go-to white paint color. Whether you fancy a neutral background shade or want to preserve the serene, modern look of your home, Natural White is the answer. 

Natural White: Is It Warm or Cold?

In contrast with pure white, Natural White is slightly warmer. That’s why it won’t look overly bright and overwhelming on walls or accents. Colorists also offer the RGB value for a better understanding. It means the concentration of red, green, and blue in a paint color. The values are relatively close. No wonder Natural White is neutral. Yet, we can notice a subtle prevalence of red, which is responsible for a color’s warmth. This natural white shade moderately leans toward warm colors. 

How Does Lighting Affect Natural White?

You’ll get a much more pigmented white if you want to use Natural White in a room with north-facing windows. A combination of creamy gray undertones will make this paint color seem less warm. If you want to preserve the brighter side of Natural White, use it in a south-exposed room. Expect a visual yellow-cream effect. Don’t worry; it will still be white. However, at sunrise in east-exposed rooms and at sunset in spaces with west-facing windows, a soft pink trace may resurface. 

Undoubtedly, Natural White feels less bright at night. The key is to choose the artificial lighting correctly. Warm lighting is a go-to solution if you aim for a warm effect.  

Natural White LRV

Some colorists claim that paint colors with a Light Reflectance Value higher than 84 are white. The ones with a lower value are off-white. Natural White has an LRV of 85. We deal with a pretty light shade, yet it is considerably softer and easier on the eye than true white. Reflecting 85% of the light it receives, it will make any room light, spacious, and fresh. 

Natural White Undertones

So far, we understand that Natural White has a trace of gray paired with the lightest yellow-cream undertone, which is responsible for the muted effect. Interestingly, when put next to pure white, it seems to reveal the thinnest pink scent. You should also know that such light colors reflect the surrounding pigments, say the indoor plants or the outside lawn. It’s easy to decide whether a color works for you or not by experimenting with a color sample first. 

Similar Colors

Take a look at the finest replacement colors for Natural White. It doesn’t mean they’ll repeat the same color naturalness, yet you can use them as alternatives. Some lighter, others darker – they’re all great paint colors.

  • Snowy Mountains Half by Dulux – a crisp white tone, slightly cooler and devoid of the pink hint in Natural White;
  • Casper White Half by Dulux – a less bright, gray-biased white as warm as Natural White;
  • Pure White SW 7005 by Sherwin-Williams– a slightly brighter white devoid of undertones yet pretty close to Natural White;
  • Snowbound SW 7004 by Sherwin-Williams – a few notes more neutral, this balanced white seems to have as much warmth as it has crispiness;
  • Alabaster 876 by Benjamin Moore – a considerably lighter white with a reduced amount of yellow-gray undertones found in Natural White;
  • Gardenia AF-10 by Benjamin Moore – an even brighter white preserving the same cream-gray undertones; use it as as an alternative in north-facing rooms;
  • Silky White PPU7-12 by Behr – a more noticeable cream note in this almost-pure white brings it close to Natural White;
  • Arcade White GR-W08 by Behr – a cleaner white shade that reveals a fading green undertone when next to Natural White.

Coordinating Colors

A clean white tone has all the necessary features to pair with any color. Get creative with a unique paint color scheme. Or, feel lucky and try one of the following expert choices:

  • Vivid White by Dulux – a clean white devoid of undertones, a beloved option in modern interiors;
  • Silkwort by Dulux – a medium mauvish gray that pairs well with white;
  • Sharp Yellow by Dulux – a bright yellow that will add energy to a neutral color palette;
  • White Box by Dulux – a crisp gray-green with a refreshing blue note;
  • Light Rice by Dulux – bring a lovely charm to your home with this soft beige neutral.

Use of Natural White in Interior Design

Natural White is a versatile paint color. Use it with warm colors to create a delightful color palette, or pair it with cool shades for a contemporary look. Whether it will serve as a background color or underline the architectural details, you’ll achieve an updated design that nods to nature, tradition, and modernity, depending on how you style it. So, here are the top design ideas with Natural White.

Texture and White

As you might have noticed, Natural White is one of the designers’ favorite neutrals to use as a background. Its versatility allows for an array of accent colors and textures to display on the clean canvas. That’s why choosing an eco-style, rustic, or modern interior with plenty of organic surfaces like wood, bamboo, natural fiber, jute, rattan, and others is a top solution for Natural White.

Mediterranean Vibes

Use Natural White in a modern Mediterranean interior with a light color palette, where this organic white holds the lead. Add contrast through light wood furniture, exposed wooden beams, raw texture, earthy colors, and indoor plants with big leaves. 

Nordic Ambiance

Nod to the voguish Nordic style with a solid Scandinavian palette updated by Natural White. Opt for a brighter color scheme, yet preserve the timeless wooden furniture, flooring, and accents for each room you style this way. Envelop your home in comfort and serenity.

Living Room

Enjoy the restrained and calm elegance of Natural White in the living room, where you spend most of the time. Everything looks great next to such a clean and organic color. Whether it is the raw wood surfaces of a rustic interior or the sleek and unsophisticated forms of a contemporary home, Natural White is a go-to primary paint color.


Allow yourself the liberty to paint with color or texture on the canvas-clean Natural White. Experts recommend using this color on various wall paneling options, such as wood panels or ribbed structures, which are among the best. Experiment with color next to the neutral white background in the form of colorful cushions, decorative headboards, or printed bedding. 

Kitchen and Dining Room

White is a timeless kitchen paint color. However, we suggest a trendier white shade instead of the overly-used bright whites. Natural White looks much softer and more inviting. Yet, decorate it with metals, wood, marble, and wicker. In the dining room, paint the walls and consider standout furniture and decor of natural materials, such as dining tables and chairs of wood or rattan and wicker lighting fixtures. You’ll especially love this light paint color in small rooms. 


Natural White is perfect for a spa-like bathroom. Use it on walls and allow natural texture to enrich the room with color. Your bathroom will seem much brighter and harmonious, surrounded by a soft and contemporary white.

Use of Natural White for the House Exterior

Natural White may seem less warm under direct natural light, yet considerably soft in contrast with solid, pure whites. It offers the exterior design an inviting, timeless beauty. Whether you paint the walls or the front door, you’ll like the result.

The Natural White paint color by Dulux is one of the best-rated white shades that keep pace with the latest trends. Add harmony to your living space through this classic and updated color, especially if you want to underline the architectural features of your home.

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