Selecting White Paint

Not all whites are created equal! In fact, there are more white paint color options than any other color. Needless to say, the options can be overwhelming. Every home needs some form of white. When I work with clients on selecting paint colors for their home, I always select a white for trim, doors, built-ins/cabinets and ceilings.

There are basically 4 types of white. Pure white, off-white, cream and tinted whites. In the Benjamin Moore whites below, you can see the base color for each drop of paint. Pure White, doesn’t look so “pure” does it? Though Pure White does have a gray cast when it is exposed to a white background, it is terrific in combination with cool grays and blacks. White Dove is the most neutral in this selection of whites. It’s my go to for trim, ceilings and cabinets. Acadia White is a creamy white and pairs nicely with warm beige and browns. The truest of all the whites, is Chantilly Lace.

Designer tip: Put a “white” paint chip up to a white piece of paper to see the true undertone.

Happy painting!

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