That was a hard title for me to write, mostly because I’m a dark walls kinda gal. I had a spur of the moment urge to paint my office white back in February…and I immediately knew it wasn’t for me. So the next day I ran out to Sherwin Williams, purchased a gallon of Greenblack and killed those white walls.
Within 24 hours, my office went…
And that ornate gold mirror (a Home Goods find) inspired it all.
Maybe if I gave white a chance for more than 14 minutes, I would have eventually grown to like it. But, I also wouldn’t have ended up with the bomb-ass black walls that currently surround me as I’m writing this.
Chances are, you and I are probably similar in a sense that we can become so inspired by just one image that it’ll compel you to redesign an entire room or home (bless our significant others). That’s not exactly what happened to me, but let me explain.
Lately, I’ve been observing the big shot designers; Studio McGee, Amber Interiors, the list goes on. What I did was try to find similarities or a distinction between their designs and why they’re so good at what they do (besides the fact that they’re well – really good at designing).
Although they each have their own style, I did notice something similar between these bright-space designers – they all use white walls in most of their designs.
Not all – most. And I rarely see them using colors like gray or beige. When they do dabble in a wall color other than white, it’s a color that’s sure to draw attention and leave a lasting impression. But they all have a similar look, which is bright white walls and pops of color throughout.
So naturally, I started thinking. I’m not looking to change the entire design aesthetic in my home, but I’m kinda bored with these gray walls. What if I gave white a chance that lasted longer than 14 minutes? What if I could apply that molding I’ve been dying to install and then paint our walls white?
After all, white is the perfect backdrop as it brings out the textures, furnishings, and accessories in a room.
Although I haven’t used many white paints in our home, I have in client’s homes and through research, I’ve compiled 7 fail-proof shades of white paint for you to use in your home.
These are all fail-proof shades of white paint, however, a few quick things before diving in:
+ I included 3 image examples for each paint color to show you that the same shade of white always looks different from one room to the next. Which is why I always recommend to SAMPLE! Yes, these are fail-proof shades, BUT, they may not be the right shade for you.
+ If you’re having a hard time choosing paint colors, buy some poster boards and paint one color sample per board. Hold it up or tape it to the wall and keep an eye on it throughout different times during the day to see how it changes with the light. Take pictures of that poster board. Become one with the poster board. You’ll notice that each color looks different throughout different times of the day and in different lighting, which is fine, because you’ll then know which colors you do/don’t love.
Without further ado…
1. Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace is a crisp, bright white and the beauty of this color is that it can bring in both warm and cool tones. This is the white we used for our cabinets and the color that was on my office walls for less than 24 hours. This is by far, my favorite white, simply because it’s the truest white I’ve found.
2. Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
Personally considering this one for our bathroom.
“YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH BENJAMIN MOORE’S ‘DECORATOR’S WHITE’ (CC-20). IT’S WHAT I USE IN MY OWN HOME AND FOR CLIENTS’ WALLS WHEN THEY TELL ME THEY CAN’T DECIDE ON A WHITE AND I WANT TO PLAY IT SAFE. THERE MIGHT BE FANCIER WHITES, BRIGHTER WHITES, DARKER WHITES, GRAYER WHITES, AD INFINITUM, BUT THIS ONE ALWAYS DELIVERS IN A FRIENDLY, CONSISTENT WAY.” —SUSANNA SALK
3. Benjamin Moore White Dove
This is definitely a creamy, pale-ish, off-white. I’d say it’s almost a light light greige and it’s a bit warmer than other white paints. This color paired with a bright white for trim will create a stunning combination.
4. Sherwin Williams Pure White
Pure white is named properly – it’s a pure, crisp white (with a teeeensy bit of warmth to it). I would compare this to BM’s Chantilly Lace.
5. Sherwin Williams Extra White
If you’re looking for a white with a tad bit of cool undertones, this is the perfect white for you.
6. Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Sherwin William’s 2016 Color of The Year: Alabaster. It’s a pure white that isn’t too stark or blinding. It’s definitely on the creamier side and in between an off-white and bright white.
7. Farrow and Ball Wimborne White
I learned something interesting recently – Farrow and Ball’s paints are roughly 30% more pigmented than other brands. Wimborne white is one of their most popular shades, which is an off-white with a touch of warmth.
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See you Thursday for this week’s One Room Challenge bathroom reno update!