Choosing the perfect white paint color for your room seems like it would be the easiest thing in the world, right? But for the many clients and blog readers that contact me about their homes, this is one of their biggest issues! The reason is because there isn’t just one color called white, the end. Nope, each white is very different, so you need to take your time to choose the perfect one. In the nursery I designed above, the perfect shade was Sherwin-Williams Creamy.
White paint has other colors in it, called undertones, that help give each white its own look. So there are warmer whites with beige or yellow undertones, like Creamy, and like Shoji White, which I used in the bathroom above.
For a super-crisp and cool look, I like whites that have a neutral or maybe even slightly blue-ish undertone. So in the entry hall above, I went with Snowbound to make the deep cobalts really pop. It’s important if you have other whites in the room – like the upholstered bench and the marble floor – that you match your paint to it as closely as you can. Otherwise, one of the whites could look dirty or out of place.
Light is also a key component to making sure you get the right white. In the outdoor space I designed above, I went with Arcade, a great white for the natural light that floods the area. And it mixed well with the fabrics, the stools, and the fixtures. Indoors, a white will change dramatically if you have natural light in the day and then incandescents or fluorescents at night.
A kitchen, like the one in my former home above, can have light coming from 3 or 4 light sources through the course of a full day. So I like to paint a swatch on the wall or cabinetry and “live” with it for a day to see how I like it from morning to night. In this case, I selected one of my all-time favorite go-to whites, Antique White from Sherwin-Williams.
Other favorite whites I have are C2’s America’s Cup (which will be a big star in my new home) Benjamin Moore’s China White, and C2’s Cotton.
Which whites do you like? Is it hard for you to choose? Let me know in the comments section below!