+ WHITE PAINT DIGEST 2018 +

February 20, 2018

Y’ALL READY FOR THIS?! ( starts playing) You’ve only been asking for about 970 years – just kidding – it’s been exactly 4 years since my last White Paint roundup!

Yup, That’s right

I finally made some time to give you the 2018 edition of  my “go-to” White Paints!! – Woot Woot!

Now I must say, picking paints, even for me can be a general headache. White paint can be super simple to choose or like solving some wicked calculus problem, after 12 beers, and doing a hand stand on a yoga ball…

a little Tricky.

You see, paint changes in every environment, every light, every season, and sometimes trying to gauge what color works best in the space, can make you feel half insane. But I don’t want anyone to get admitted to the looney bin on account of white paint hysteria, so I’ve done you a solid and included all my top picks from Dunn Edwards (my personal fav) and Benjamin Moore below.  While I do have a couple other brands of paint I LOVE (specifically Farrow and Ball, but I am planning on dedicating an entire post to that brand soon) lets get to my top dawg all stars first.  I’ve been at this for a few years now and these are my go to’s to sample out on ANY and EVERY job. They are without fail almost always good..no, they are always GREAT.

:: SOME EXAMPLES ::

We used Dunn Edwards “White Heat” on the walls throughout all of the #clientohhiojai house. We wanted a warmer white, and one that didn’t make the house feel to sterile! In some lights this paint read a bit sandy beige, but in other lights, it was like a deep saturated vanilla! thats why testing in your own home is SO important!

When it came to my own quick kitchen (#clientmemyselfandIcantmakeupmymind) , living room remodel I tried out a new color… “Millk Glass” by Dunn Edwards! Let me tell you, I am one smitten kitten over this shade. It has an olive green undertone, which sounds crazy, but it really works well! I have been using it a LOT lately ever since I was the gineau pig!

In #Clientradtrad I went with “Whisper” from Dunn Edwards. this is also a warmer white, with vanilla undertones, but I would say its much more bright than say the “White Heat” is.

not done yet….

Yeah – That’s right, I gave you two roundup’s – one for each of my fav white paint brands!

 

:: NOW SOME MORE EXAMPLES ::

For #clientforrealzthenicestpeopleontheplanet ,we used “White Dove”. It is a very Neutral white, but will read more warm in most lights. If I had to pin down just what the undertone color would be, it would be a tiny bit greige.

In the same house, we switched up the paint in the family room/den to make sure the room felt a lot more bright! Here, we chose to use “Simply White” . This made for the perfect crisp and neutral white that never felt to stark or cold.

For #clienthollaatlajolla we went with a very white…white. “Decorator’s White”. Sometimes this is best on cabinetry, or trim, but in this house, it worked just right for all the walls, trims, and ceilings!

Lastly – Here are my 2 very, VERY, important tips that you must follow….

and don’t you forget ’em

1. Paint out LARGE samples on your actual walls (at least 24″ x 24″) OR paint out some sample boards at the same size.

2. Live with them for a couple of days, check them out in the morning, afternoon, and night. Take note how they change with time of day. If you have sample boards, move em around. They could surprise you. All rooms and paints are not created equally – put in the time and effort and you’ll thank me later!!

Sooo there – you basically just got the deets without the whole “hiring me” thing. … Now just hop on over to and snag a pillow combo or two, and you’ll know all my decorating secrets.

Hope this helps a bit, and thanks for stopping by and taking my advice

Now go get your white paint on peeps!

ALL IN FAVOR OF OTHER PAINT ROUNDS UPS – COMMENT BELOW!

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  1. This is a great round-up, and I’m glad it’s based (half) on Benjamin Moore (my favorite paints, as the often-gray bases ground them well and the color holds up well for a decade or more). I wanted to put in a vote for China White. I live in St. Louis, and my last two homes have been so much darker (interior light/limited windows/loads of trees) than many I’ve seen featuring white. China White looks a crazy off-white on the chip, but is grounded, creamy, and just substantial enough for those dark corners without going “not white anymore”. (Colors pull blue, hard, in my experience.)

    I think I’ve loved every Farrow & Ball color I’ve seen in a magazine or online. But the lack of accessibility is really off-putting.

  2. This is brilliant! I love Simply White and have used it in 5 rooms and tons of cabinetry. I should probably branch out but it’s just such a great shade/tone of white!

  3. Oh thank you so so so very much! One burning question after reading through… leave current white wood work as is if I am only painting bedrooms white? Or how do you suggest dealing with/matching white woodwork that we won’t paint. I hope that makes sense…

  4. Great roundup! Love how you included photos of each. We have white dove by bm in our kitchen/dining/living rooms with distant grey by bm as trim (also used distant grey on our kitchen cabs). Anyhoo white dove reads ever so slightly yellow/olive in our space unless we have every.single.blind.open. So we’re thinking about chantilly lace or simply white down the road to brighten up the space. Living with samples for a while in varying lights is so important!

  5. The painters we hired charge extra for Benjamin Moore, so we’re sticking with Sherwin Williams. I’ve read some cautionary tales about trying to color-match the companies, so we need to choose actual Sherwin paint. What do you think about Shoji White? Is there a Sherwin equivalent for Simply White or Chantilly Lace?

  6. FYI, when using BM Simply White if you are a north facing home it tends to go green. I just had my house painted and thought the painters used the wrong color. I don’t mind it but it was not what I was going for.

  7. I agree!!! I have always tried to spend time on paint selections because nothing is more satisfying that knowing the minute it dries that it was the right choice!

    Any EXTERIOR white favs? Probably not a staple in CA, but looking for a modern white or off-white for a FL brick house that needs more curb appeal for a sale.

  8. wait……please don’t go yet…….how about finish. Flat? eggshell, satin?
    I mean there are people that insist that flat is the only way to go. But there are those sticky fingers and 4 legged friends where a bit of sheen makes cleaning a whole lot easier……..

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