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COOL WHITES AND WARM WHITES AND UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

THE #1 PAINT COLOR THAT PEOPLE AGONIZE OVER IS..

YOU GUESSED IT…

WHITE

THERE ARE SO MANY WHITES- AND ALL WHITES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL…IN FACT THERE ARE HUGE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM THAT CAN THROW YOUR DECORATING  ADVENTURES INTO A TAILSPIN!!!

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THREE OF PHOEBE’S BEDROOM WALLS ARE WHITE. I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD EVER HAVE WHITE WALLS…MUCH LESS…WHITE WALLS THAT I THEN PAINT – WHITE!!!

BUT LIKE I SAY “NEVER SAY NEVER!”

PHOEBE’S BEDROOM WALLS used to be Benjamin Moore “COTTON BALLS”

COTTON BALLS
PHOEBE’S CURRENT ROOM COLORS ARE DOWNPOUR BLUE, PINK LADIES AND COTTON BALLS.

…and then we changed them to “CHANTILLY LACE”!

CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE

WHEN CHOOSING A WHITE  we found –

AS YOU KNOW….THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS..

WHAT IT WILL BOILED DOWN TO IS CHOOSING

THE RIGHT WHITE WITH THE RIGHT UNDERTONE…

WHITES HAVE EITHER A WARM OR A COOL UNDERTONE

Cotton Balls has a pale pale pale yellow undertone…WARM.  You would not even notice IT unless it was next to a white with a blue undertone..like Chantilly lace…which looks yellow next to a white with an even bluer undertone…and so on and so on….

WHITESSSSS

IF you are interested in TRULY understanding undertones and WHITE PAINT COLORS I highly recommend you get Maria Killam’s E BOOK- WHITE IS COMPLICATED

WHITE IS COMPLICATED - MARIA KILLAM'S EBOOK
WHITE IS COMPLICATED – MARIA KILLAM’S EBOOK

This book is for you if:

  •  You wonder if there is a “go-to” white that will look good in every situation.
  •  You would like to know the critical difference between choosing white for walls and choosing white for trim and cabinets.
  •  You want to learn how to choose the right white the first time.
  •  You need a “go-to” list of tried and proven whites that works 99% of the time.
  •  You realize that it costs exactly the same to paint the wrong white as it does to paint the right white.
  •  You are building or renovating and need to choose the correct white foundation palette.

WHITE paint colors come up a lot and hence I have done at least 3 POSTS on them….

1.MY FAVORITE INTERIOR WHITES

2. “WHITE” PAINTS THAT ARE NOT WHITE

3. GREAT EXTERIOR (AND INTERIOR) WHITES

NOW…LETS TAKE A LOOK AT 10 OF MY FAVORITE GO-TO ON THE COOLER SIDE – WHITES..

MY TOP PICKS - ALL BENJAMIN MOORE - FROSTINE, CHANTILLY LACE, CLOUD WHITE, DECORATORS WHITE, OXFORD WHITE, SIMPLY WHITE, SNOWFALL WHITE, WHITE CHRISTMAS AND WHITE DOVE.
MY TOP PICKS – ALL BENJAMIN MOORE – FROSTINE, CHANTILLY LACE, CLOUD WHITE, DECORATORS WHITE, OXFORD WHITE, SIMPLY WHITE, SNOWFALL WHITE, WHITE CHRISTMAS AND WHITE DOVE.
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE – BOOEEP
DECOR PAD – DECORATORS WHITE
OXFORD WHITE
OXFORD WHITE
HOME BUNCH OXFORD WHITE
OXFORD WHITE HOME BUNCH
OXFORD WHITE HOME BUNCH
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE - HANDMADE HOME
CHANTILLY LACE – HANDMADE HOME
PHOEBE’S ROOM – CHANTILLY LACE
PORTRAIT OF GUS
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
BURGER FROM THE YOUNG HOUSE LOVE SHOPHOUSE LIVING ROOM PAINTED SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE EXTERIOR
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE EXTERIOR
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
FROSTINE
FROSTINE  – ELLE DECOR
WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE
C.B.I.D. INTERIORS -WHITE DOVE TRIM WITH REVERE PEWTER WALLS
WHITE CHRISTMAS
WHITE CHRISTMAS
HOME BUNCH TRIM DECORATORS WHITE – WALLS ABALONE
WHITE CHRISTMAS FROM PARC INTERIORS " This white with hints of green is such a beautiful white. I like to use this soft color in bathrooms. "
WHITE CHRISTMAS FROM PARC INTERIORS ” This white with hints of green is such a beautiful white. I like to use this soft color in bathrooms. “
SNOWFALL WHITE
SNOWFALL WHITE
SNOWFALL WHITE SLC INTERIORS
SNOWFALL WHITE SLC INTERIORS

…AND TWO MORE WHITES- A HAPPY BRIGHT WHITE THAT I ADORE ….SUPER WHITE –

SUPER WHITE - CELERIE KEMBLE - BLACK AND WHITE " “My whitest white. Highly reflective, great for floors. Doesn’t compete; lets other colors be ‘true.’ My go-to ceiling and molding color in modern spaces.”
SUPER WHITE – CELERIE KEMBLE – BLACK AND WHITE ” “My whitest white. Highly reflective, great for floors. Doesn’t compete; lets other colors be ‘true.’ My go-to ceiling and molding color in modern spaces.”

AND A BEAUTIFUL FARROW AND BALL WHITE – WIMBORNE WHITE…I AM KIND OF SMITTEN WITH THIS COLOR…MAYBE NOT FOR PHOEBE’S ROOM…BUT SOMEWHERE!

HOUZZ FARROW AND BALL WIMBORNE WHITE
HOUZZ FARROW AND BALL WIMBORNE WHITE
HOUSE OF LOCATION WHIMBORNE WHITE FARROW AND BALL
HOUSE OF LOCATION WHIMBORNE WHITE FARROW AND BALL

 

…WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WHITES? ARE THEY WARM WHITES? COOL WHITES? OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN???

XO

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4 thoughts on “COOL WHITES AND WARM WHITES AND UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE

  1. The perfect post for me today! We have to put new drywall the the den because of a leaky pipe. I’m pretty sure I want to paint the room white, but I’m having a hard time choosing which one. Now I have some inspiration!

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