Ready to discover Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered? Awesome. The main reason a few of these amazing neutral paint colors may get overlooked is because the word ‘white’ is missing from their name
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Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered
With thousands of white paint color possibilities, it’s important to note the white a stylish blogger used for her modern farmhouse kitchen may look all wrong in your home.
Trim paint color (above): FARROW & BALL French Gray.
Why Won’t the White I Use Work For You Too?
Your room’s: amount of natural light, decor plan, finishes, and even geographical location all factor into the equation. So do your personal preferences and artful eye for color.
How Can I Narrow Down Possibilities?
While it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect white with so many possibilities, I’m here to hold your hand through the process.
White Paint Color on Walls (above): FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001.
Greyed White Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Strong White
“A grey based white. This cool white is both strong by name and strong by nature. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.” -Farrow & Ball
White Paint Color in My Own Home
In my own home we have completely renovated ourselves, I tested about five white paint color contenders by painting large swaths on the walls and observing how each color changed throughout the day.
Both BENJAMIN MOORE “White” and BEHR Ultra Pure White impart: a modern gallery-like feel, coolness with minimal undertones, crispness, and no grey or yellow cast.
My opinions here about the quest for just right whites with and without “white” in the name relate to: (1) my personal experience with flattering, beautiful white paint colors, (2) design wisdom concerning the process of choosing the best white paint color from smart design sites, and (3) guidance from talented designers and serial decorators we have come to trust.
Neutral Decor to Get the Look
I also love the vintage feel of this one:
Here’s a chair with checks I’m crushing on for the dining room:
Considerations About Choosing a White
I have decades of experience as a serial decorator for dozens of homes for myself and others and a trained eye for color as an artist. What I know for sure is the best white paint color for one particular space may be all wrong for another.
For example, the light here in Northern Illinois is completely different than the light in the Southwest.
So keep in mind you’ll need to narrow your search for the right white paint color to a handful of tones and then try samples of them on the walls.
Mixed Messages About How to Choose A Color
BEWARE. There are color experts who recommend that we NEVER look to photos online for guidance choosing a paint color and others who insist this is the only way! Why the disparate views?
My two cents: Reviewing photos online (where the name of the white paint color used is supplied) seems a great place to start and can be more helpful than viewing a small swatch from the paint store!
If you don’t already have a Pinterest board devoted to best whites, create a board and PIN THIS POST so you’ll have paint names at the ready when you head to the store to buy samples to try on your walls.
Beautiful Behr White Paint Colors
Here’s an infographic with a few favorite Behr white and neutral paint colors:
BEHR Ultra Pure White
This white paint is free of undertones so if you’re after a bright, white, non-yellowy, cool modern white, this may be it!
BEHR Polar Bear
Here’s a color that is close to Benjamin Moore White Dove:
BEHR Celestial Glow
Celestial Glow reminds me of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, which I used in our family room and a bathroom here at the fixer. It is also a little like Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, a paint color we used for our trim in our prior home.
Lots of light quiet greys like this one live more like a white paint so don’t be put off just because ‘white’ is not in the paint’s name.
BEHR Taupe Tease
When you are looking for a warm white or subtle greige color with undertones of grey and brown, this sophisticated tone may be a contender. It is reminiscent of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter which is the color I brushed on our bedroom furniture (above).
BEHR Cameo White
Cameo White is quite similar to Sherwin-Williams Alabaster, which must be the most popular warm creamy white used by designers everywhere! It is also strikingly similar to Valspar Salute, which I used throughout our second home in Arizona. I can attest to how wonderful this white is in rooms with intense sunlight…it has lovely green undertones.
Country Living revealed that Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines tends to favor SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster for projects. She has also used this tone on the walls in her own home.
BEHR Irish Mist
I’m a fan of tranquil neutral colors that are difficult to describe with words. A color like Irish Mist falls within that group of atmospheric whites where you can’t easily decide if it is khaki, sandy, greige-y, or linen-y…you just know it feels nice.
BEHR Crisp Linen
It is beachy, warm, and comforting, playing especially nice with contrasting white trim.
Crisp Linen is reminiscent of Benjamin Moore White Sand, a color I used on most of the walls in our prior French home.
Another white paint favorite of Joanna Gaines is Kilz Shiplap, which is a color similar to Crisp Linen.
Sound Advice for Choosing the Right WHITE
According to experts contributing advice to Remodelista about choosing white paint colors, we should:
1. Understand all of the different nuances of white (is it cool, warm, bluish, pinkish?).
2. Determine if objects in the room are cool (choose a cool white) or warm (choose a warm white).
3. Assess whether the room gets a lot of natural light (go with a pure white) or little light (go with a more pigmented white).
4.Choose a few whites and test large swatches on the walls.
5. If still stuck, turn to interior designers’ top picks.
Everybody’s Hungry For the Perfect White!
I turned to a panel of some of my favorite design friends to offer their favorite white paint color picks.
Greet of Belgian Pearls: FARROW & BALL Pointing
Lauren DeLoach: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster
Megan Pflug: FARROW & BALL Ammonite
YOUR TURN! Have a favorite go-to white or neutral paint color? Why do you love it?
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