It’s the most frequently asked interior design question for me as an interiors blogger famous for BIG LOVE of inspiring white interiors. “How do I choose the BEST white paint…What is the white paint for my walls?” Today, I will offer help to discover that elusive JUST RIGHT WHITE for your home. How to Choose the Best White Paint Color Every Time is comin’ at ya.
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How to Choose the Best White Paint Color
I love living with white in my own home!
Why is it so hard to find the best shade of white?
Your room’s: lighting, decor plan, furnishings, and geographical location all factor into the equation. Your keen eye and personal opinion come into play as well.
With a million paint colors to choose from, where should you start?
1. My Approach to Choosing White Paint
Be aware one white does not fit all.
The best white paint color for one particular space may be all wrong for another. For example, the light here in Northern Illinois varies dramatically from the light in the Southwest. Don’t fall in love with the name of a color. Instead, narrow your search to a handful of possibilities and then try samples of them on your wall.
In my own home which we completely renovated ourselves, I tested about five white paint color contenders, observing how each color changed throughout the day. We decided upon Benjamin Moore “White” which imparts: a modern gallery-like feel, coolness with minimal undertones, crispness, and no yellow cast.
It was the only white I found which worked with the intense yellow natural light flooding our North-South exposure home. We painted ceilings with the same white color and also the trim (in satin).
Collect Ideas & Create a Pinterest Board
There are paint color experts who say never look at photos online to choose a paint color and others who say it’s the best way.
I recommend reviewing photos online (where the white paint color used is given) as a starting point. I find this more helpful than viewing a million swatches from the paint stor.
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.
In our prior French Country style home, Benjamin Moore “White Sand” was my favorite shade of white paint for walls, and Benjamin Moore “Dove Wing” went on all the doors and trim. Additionally, Benjamin Moore “White Dove” was used for painting the family piano and various furniture.
Crazy about that floor lamp (above)? Me too! It’s a Clarkson floor lamp HERE.
2. White Paint Color Advice from More Experts
Country Living revealed which white paint colors Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines favors for projects. Her go-to white? Sherwin Williams Alabaster, which she used on the walls in her own home as well as many of the homes she and Chip renovated on the show.
For a soothing grey paint color, Joanna likes Wedding Band from Kilz.
Is it any wonder, another white paint favorite of Joanna’s is known as “Shiplap?”
White Paint Advice from the Pros
Remodelista says this about choosing the best white paint colors:
1. Understand 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.
Based on the number of emails I receive about white paint, a fair share of home decorators get stuck, so I turned to my design pals from Belgium to Buckhead for their favorite white paint colors.
3. Favorite White Paint Colors Used by Designers
Greet of Belgian Pearls
“It is hard to name a favorite white as using the right color of white is dependent upon the room that has to be painted. Is it a small or a large room? Is there a lot of light coming in or not? Another factor….fabrics to be used in the room for curtains and upholstery. But I often turn to Farrow & Ball Pointing White or White Tie.”
POINTING by Farrow & Ball is named for the color of lime pointing used in traditional brickwork. This white has a warm undertone which softens the feel of a room alongside strong, traditional colors.
Interior Designers Turn to These Whites
WHITE TIE from Farrow & Ball is considered their prettiest white, named after the old, pre-brightened, starched cotton used for white tie jackets. A Yellow Based Neutral, White Tie brings a gentle warmth to any room and is deepened with a touch of black pigment.
Best Whites to Sample First
Lauren DeLoach of Lauren Deloach Interiors:
ALABASTER…Sherwin Williams. Sherwin Williams named this the 2016 Color of the Year. Alabaster creates an atmosphere of ease and contentment for many spaces.
Megan Pflug of Megan Pflug Designs:
A Wildly Popular White Paint!
Is anyone surprised at all that WHITE DOVE still reigns!?!
Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence, Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips and Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home —>WHITE DOVE…Benjamin Moore. Unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. Light and luminous, it is a favorite choice for moldings and trim.
I hope this helps you choose the best white paint color for your interior, and I’d love to hear your pick for your favorite go-to white paint color!
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