Saturday, November 22, 2014


In our old house, we used Benjamin Moore's Simply White on everything...Cabinets, shelves, walls, trim, doors, windows. 

Well, its time to start thinking of interior colors for our new house. Due to the sheer magnitude of the decision making over the last three months, we have decided to keep it simple (and familiar) and paint everything (doors, trim, walls, windows) one color - white. 

If I had the slightest notion to use different wall colors throughout the house before, it is gone now. 


Mike was perplexed as to why we wouldn't just keep it extremely, "simple," and use Simply White again. 

I suppose I feel that a new house should have a new white (to us). 

But what is white? Our old guest house was also painted in Simply White and it's astounding how white it looked despite actually being more of an off-white or creamy beige. 

Below is a swatch of Simply White. 

Simply White 

So the search for the perfect white (or non-white) begins. Here is what I've gathered so far. 

Glacier White 

This is much darker than Simply White. 

Decorators White 

This is quite grey. 

Chantilly Lace 

This seems most white compared to the others, with a hint of grey undertones. 

White Dove 

White Dove is exceedingly popular with designers and non-designers alike. It looks rather beige on the swatch, but looks crisp and white on walls and trim. 

Harwood Putty 

I found this color in Benjamin Moore's Williamsburg Collection. Again, like the above non-whites, it looks as crisp as white can be.  So far, I am favoring this one. 

But the search is not complete, especially since I haven't begun to do test swatches on any of the walls in the house. 

So do you have any favorite whites to share?  

Below are the colors you've suggested in your comments: 

Gorge Water CLW 1031W

Linen White (BM)

Cloud White (BM)

China White (BM)

Ivory White (BM) 

Swiss Coffee (BM)

Incredible White (Sherwin Williams)

Parchment Paper (Behr)

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