What is the Best White Paint for Your Walls is for anyone gearing up to paint a room white…which is to say EVERYONE. As a true blue lover of all white decor, mostly white decor, and neutral home decor, I’m passionate about white paint. It makes me happy. Always has. And since you want to know the best white paint colors for your walls, help for choosing the BEST WHITE SHADE is on the way today, kittycats.
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What is the Best White Paint for Your Walls?
You’ll find folks who say white paint is white paint. And here is what I say to that:
One Shade Does Not Fit All
Plentiful shades of white paint exist for good reason: they vary in terms of undertones, interaction with natural light, and warmth. A white paint you used in a former home may look all wrong in your present one.
Why is that?
Because your room’s unique lighting, exposure, decor plan, objects, furniture, etc. impact the complete design picture and do indeed matter.
Is there indeed a BEST WHITE PAINT for your particular walls? Yep.
Let’s find it.
Why This Advice Will Help
Advice for choosing the best white paint color for your walls flows from: (1) my vast personal history and love affair with carefully chosen, sophisticated, tried and true, best white paint colors, (2) expert advice from color professionals, and (3) well earned design wisdom from talented designers and decorators who know their way around a white room.
My Personal Tips for Choosing the Best White Paint Color
Dozens of years spent painting rooms and furniture with white paint have earned me my white decor card and trained my eye for color. Since I also work with paint colors as an artist, well, yeah, I’m color savvy. With confidence, I can report that the best white paint color for your room is highly subjective, idiosyncratic, and even scientific matter…a white paint perfect for a particular space could spell disaster for another.
1. Acknowledge Your Geographical Location Matters
Since I live in Northern Illinois where the light is wholly different from the light in the Southwest, a white paint color here will take on a completely different quality.
2. Don’t Fixate on Just One Color at the Start
To choose the BEST WHITE, you should not become obsessed with just one color you saw in a magazine and assume it will be perfect without trying a sample. Why? Professional photography often involves editing! The room’s location and lighting may vary significantly from your own! We tend to have emotional reactions to the NAMES of paint colors!
3. Sample Several White Paint Colors
Instead, begin with a handful of tones to sample on your walls. From there, you’ll narrow down your search to the white paint that is just right.
In our home which has been entirely renovated by us DIY style, I first selected around five different white paint color contenders based upon my desire to add crisp, clean, alabaster, bright white to the interiors.
4. Analyze the White Paint Samples
After painting large expanses of walls throughout our home with the samples, I scrutinized. I took time to notice how the white changed or didn’t change throughout the day.
5. Recognize White Paints Have Undertones
All whites have subtle undertones of grey, pink, yellow, brown, blue, etc. which influence the white’s appearance in varying light. You’ll truly get an understanding for this as you compare the different white samples and notice how they vary in your home with your lighting.
6. Choose the Best White Paint Color
A white paint color emerged as the best white paint to my eye. It has a cool, modern, gallery-like, slightly monastic and ethereal feel and did not feel overly cool or stark for my taste.
It Really is Just WHITE
We painted all the walls, trim, and ceilings in our North-South exposure home (which receives intense yellow sunlight) BENJAMIN MOORE White, and four years later, it remains and feels just as right. What a transformation when we painted over yellow walls!
Is the minimal simplicity of the name of this Benjamin Moore white crazy or what? No warm and fuzzy paint name for this particular white since it is a base color that other Benjamin Moore colors derive from. Lucky for us, there’s no chance we’ll forget the color’s name!
7. Choose Not Just a Favorite White, But a Flattering White for Your Space
Benjamin Moore White is not for the faint of heart since it’s decidedly bright and not nearly as gentle as white paints I have lived with in the past. However, it’s the right white not just because it appeals to my eye but because IT IS THE WHITE THAT COMPLEMENTS OUR HOME’S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN STYLE.
8. More White Paint Colors I Love
In our prior Country French style home, BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand was the flattering white hue chosen for walls, and BENJAMIN MOORE Dove Wing was the white selected for doors and trim. BENJAMIN MOORE White Dove remains a favorite of mine for vintage furniture and what I chose to paint my family piano. For our second home in Arizona, with its intense sunlight, I chose the creamy, warm, and more putty white with green undertones, VALSPAR Salute for all of the interior walls.
9. It Helps to Review Photos of Rooms Online
While there are paint color experts who may advise against stalking Pinterest and blogland for paint color ideas, I have my own opinion, however biased that may be as a blogger! Collecting images of beautiful white painted rooms online or in shelter magazines (where the paint color name is supplied) can be far more effective for choosing initial samples than deliberating over those little pieces of cardstock under fluorescent lighting near the paint counter.
I AM OBVIOUSLY a freak FOR WHITE PAINT. And I paint everything! Ask my family! Ever considered painting wood cabinets to brighten up your kitchen, bath, or laundry room? Here’s a tutorial.
10. Pinterest for Paint Color Search
I have a Pinterest board HERE devoted to paint colors to which I’m drawn. It may even make sense for you to create a board just for white paint colors. You can truly make Pinterest work FOR you as opposed to against you as a time stealing bandit!
The infographic below includes a few of my favorite white paint colors and neutrals to which I turn. Classic Gray, for example, is actually more of a white (and I give the magnificent Loi of Tone on Tone all the credit for turning me on to this hue which we used in a bathroom here.)
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White Paint Color Favorites: Joanna Gaines
If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, then you know Joanna Gaines has a keen eye for neutral palettes. This story in Country Living revealed the white paint colors Joanna Gaines tends to use again and again in renovation projects.
1. White Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Fixer Upper’s foxy creative dynamo’s favorite white? SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster, which she used on the walls in her own home (below) as well as multiple interior design projects on the popular television show.
2. White Paint Color: Kilz Wedding Band
For a soothing grey paint color, Joanna likes KILZ Wedding Band.
3. White Paint Color: Kilz Shiplap
Is it any wonder, another white paint favorite of Joanna’s is known as “Shiplap?”
White Paint Color Advice: Remodelista
Turning to the talented design experts at Remodelista revealed a helpful and highly researched story about how to choose the best white paint colors. These were some of the highlights of the piece for me:
1. Consider Nuance.
I alluded to this point earlier, and Remodelista confirms that it is helpful to understand the varying nuances of white paint colors (is it cool, warm, bluish, pinkish?).
2. Note the Warmth of Objects in the Room.
According to these experts, if the objects in the room you will be painting are cool, you should narrow your white paint color search to cool whites. If objects are warm, turn to warm candidates.
3. Assess Natural Light.
If a room receives plenty of natural light, the experts recommend going with a pure white; while a lack of natural light should steer you toward more pigmented whites.
4. Turn to Interior Designer Picks.
Whereas their advice is to first start with a handful of samples and whittle down the possibilities to a favorite, if you’re still stuck, these experts recommend turning to the top paint color picks of interior designers.
So that’s what we did RIGHT HERE!
See the continuation of this post here in part 2!
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