If you look at a white color chip, you’ll most likely describe the color as white. Easy.
Now look at a collection of white colors and it’s a different story. None of them will look exactly the same. You’ll see subtle differences.
The fact is there are hundreds of different white hues all having slightly different undertones.
So how on earth do you choose the right one for you in your home?
Take a look at these photos and the paint colors used in each room. The pros choose them because they always work and they will for you, too.
SIMPLY WHITE-BENJAMIN MOORE
A modern, clean white. Works well with grays as chosen here for the trim color.

WHITE WISP- Benjamin Moore

Rustic Dining Room by Urbanology Designs
Has a slight gray undertone that keeps it from feeling too cold.
POINTING- FARROW & BALL
Traditional Living Room by Lisa Tharp Design
A warm white, yet it won’t appear too yellow.
DECORATOR’S WHITE- BENJAMIN MOORE
Aptly named, this white has long been a designer favorite because it’s a true bright white that works well with any color it’s paired with.
PURE WHITE- SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
A bright, warm white. Works especially well for those of us who experience the often gray days of the Pacific Northwest.
CHANTILLY LACE- BENJAMIN MOORE
A cool, crisp white that won’t appear too yellowy.
SWISS COFFEE- BENJAMIN MOORE
Don’t you just love the name of this color? A true warm white that will also never come come off as too yellow.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
  • Always paint a large area of color on the wall. A little paint chip is just too small to get a true idea of the hue.
  • Always check the color in natural light, across from a window if possible, in order to see the true color.
  • Always choose high quality paint. It will pay you back many times over— both in how the end results look and how much longer it stays looking fresh.
  • Always test your paint choice in the room where it will be used. A space that receives northern exposure, for example, will look very different than one facing south.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ

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  1. Sue ferguson says:

    What color of a grey for the hearth/fireplace in photo 3? I’d like to change our southwest colored living room (cream and tan and deep tan) to something brighter. We have a grey/forest green leather couch, a dark brown leather chair, a soft sea foam blue swivel chair. Our floor rug is primarily black with craftsman-style leaf pattern around edge and light hardwood floors. I also have a comfy salmon colored leather chair that I could place a complimentary colored throw over. Help?

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