AT least once a week – I get asked about WHITE PAINT COLORS –
White is HOT and Interior and Exterior whites still rule the roost when it comes to choosing paint colors.
A few years ago, we painted the exterior of our 140 year old house which had NEVER been painted – not EVER –
BENJAMIN MOORE SIMPLY WHITE
Simply white, as it turns out was the perfect color for our house. We needed something that could complement an OLD house, not make it look too modern…but at the same time too aged intentionally. Simply white has ever the slightest bit of a gold undertone…but VERY SLIGHT…not as much as Mountain peak or Acadia or Linen….but not as cool as White wisp or Glacier or Cloud white. I was surprised at how nervous I was choosing this color…it is such a HUGE cost and mistakes are almost impossible to correct on our budget. once we got started I knew I had made the right choice.
NOW – BEFORE you run out and get any old white for your house – remember that while the fresh clean WHITE Farmhouse look is having a big moment right now – not every house looks its best in white. There are SO VERY many colors to choose from. White being just one. That being said…
HERE ARE SOME MORE OF MY FAVORITE BENJAMIN MOORE EXTERIOR WHITES…
I HAVE LISTED THESE COLORS IN NO ORDER, WITH SHORT LITTLE DESCRIPTIONS, LIKE MY SHORT HAND WHEN I AM TRYING TO FOCUS MYSELF. COLORS LIKE “GOLDEN” AND “COOL” HELP ME ORGANIZE THESE COLORS, WHICH WHEN LAID OUT ARE AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY….BUT IF YOU HAVE JUST ONE SAMPLE IN YOUR HAND…LOOKS LIKE PLAIN OLD WHITE.
THE ABSOLUTE BIGGEST HELP FOR ME WAS TO BUY THE PINT SAMPLES AND PAINT RIGHT ON THE HOUSE, FIND AN AREA THAT GETS GOOD LIGHT. I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT THESE COLOR LOOK OUTSIDE…COMPARED TO INSIDE.
WARM, DEEP AND RICH
EVER SO SLIGHTEST HINT OF GRAY, COOLER, “DIRTIER” IN A VERY GOOD WAY
MORE “AGED” IN A GOOD WAY, LEANS TOWARD A VERY PALE GOLDEN UNDERTONE, WARM
A CHAMELEON COLOR, LEANS TOWARD A DUSKY GRAY / BLUE UNDERTONE, COOL-WARM
UNCOMPLICATED, COOLER BUT STILL WARM, “PRETTY” EASY COLOR
MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE
WARM GOLDEN UNDERTONE, CLEAN AND SMOOTH, CLASSIC
GREAT MIDDLE GROUND WHITE, GRAY UNDERTONE BUT STILL WARM, STATELY
DEEPER “AGED” WHITE, WARM AND HEAVIER, VERY VERSATILE
THERE ARE OH SO MANY MORE WHITES OUT THERE. TOO MAY IN FACT – BUT WITH TIME AND PATIENCE – IF WHITE IF YOUR COLOR – YOU WILL FIND THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR HOME!