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WAY “COOL” WHITE PAINT COLORS

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

WHITE

….Once upon a time –  I used to think ALL WHITE paint colors were alike – I have long since let go of that notion!

ALL WHITES ARE NOT ALIKE!

There are hundreds, thousands of whites to choose from. It can feel overwhelming.

One way I have found to narrow down the field is to divide the whites into TWO categories : 1. WARM and 2. COOL

This blog post will focus on

COOL whites. 

Basically – and I mean this is a very BASIC explanation – Whites have an undertone – usually a blue undertone which makes it “cooler” or a yellow undertone – which makes it “warmer”

THREE OF PHOEBE’S BEDROOM WALLS ARE Benjamin Moore “CHANTILLY LACE”

WHITESSSSS

When you look at the colors above – you can see – BY comparison that the Chantilly Lace is cooler. And often this is HOW you will see which is cooler or warmer – BY comparison…..

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..

BENJMAIN MOORE COOLER WHITES

 

CHANTILLY LACE

CHANTILLY LACE
DECORPAD CHANTILLY LACE CABINETS
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE – BOOEEP
HOME BUNCH TRIM DECORATORS WHITE - WALLS ABALONE
HOME BUNCH TRIM DECORATORS WHITE – WALLS ABALONE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
FROSTINE
FROSTINE  – ELLE DECOR
ICE MIST
ICE MIST TRIM WITH SIMPLY WHITE WALLS

THIS is a perfect example of ONE white being “MORE” cool next to another white (SIMPLY WHITE)which is both cool and warm- depending on what it is next to – SIMPLY WHITE can play both sides!

SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
PAPER WHITE
PAPER WHITE DELOME DESIGNS
SUPER WHITE

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.”

 

WINTER WHITE

 

BENJAMIN MOORE WINTER WHITE
SNOW WHITE

AND…. Here are a few more great COOL whites –

WHITE CHRISTMAS
WHITE CHRISTMAS
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 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

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

XO

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2 thoughts on “WAY “COOL” WHITE PAINT COLORS

  1. Great article! The comparisons and explanations really help to clarify the different whites that are out there. People tend to take so much time picking the right colours for their walls, and then just pick any old white, not realising the intricacy involved in the subtle hues of white. Thanks so much for sharing your insight!

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