Saturday, November 22, 2014

White



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. 

Completely. 

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)


Pointing (Farrow and Ball)



Dover White (Sherwin Williams)

Thank you so much for your paint suggestions! 
I so appreciate your input on the topic. 


96 comments :

  1. When redoing our house, we took your lead and painted everything one white but different finishes. However we used BM 925 - Ivory White and couldn't be happier.

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  2. We have been in our new house for about 5 months and couldn't be happier with the colors. I chose BM China White for walls and BM Cloud White for doors and trim with dark hardwood floors in every room.

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  3. Our entire interior (walls, cabinets, and trim) is a color called Gorge Water
    (CLW 1031W). I'm sometimes tempted to paint rooms "actual" colors, but then I think about how soothing and bright the white is and I don't paint.

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  4. So excited to see what you decide. We built.... hammer and nails built a colonial reproduction and our walls are white rough "horse hair" plaster walls. I wish I could remember what color they were. We used the original historic Ben Moore paint from over 30 years ago. We did paint the woodwork in colors from that same chart. Your journey has been so fun to watch. Good luck deciding.

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  5. Catherine,

    We used "Linen White" bu Benjamin Moore in our old home. It was beautiful and a nice warm/soft white, but still white. We had some rooms all that white and then some rooms with color and linen white as the trim. We both really liked it and we will probably use it again in our next house.

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  6. I recently painted my oak cabinets at the house we just moved into. The decorator/paint specialist at our Benjamin Moore found China White for me. I needed to match grays/taupes and a brown/beige, and it has an undertone that matches grays and taupes. She said that BM developed it a few years ago when Taupes and Grays hit the scene. As it turned out it was too light for the cabinets, so I went with Pale Oak instead. I've saved the China White for my bathroom cabinets when I can get to them. China White is not creamy or yellowy, just really a soft neutral white that goes with anything. I really love the subtle difference of a wall color and woodwork and trim. I'm following your renovations and I'm excited for you to get to where you can relax and enjoy the decorating part. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Debra

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  7. I love white but it is difficult to choose. When we bought our home it was new and all the walls are Antique White but I am unsure of the brand. Its a warm white and I love it. We have all white furniture and some espresso dark woo pieces.. We are currently painting all of our oak cabinets throughout our home MS Sharkey Grey which is a warm, light greige. Our kitchen is almost done. It gives warmth to the white walls and white slipcovered sofas and chairs. Whatever you do will be beautiful. I am glad that you are keeping it simply white.

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  8. I have never heard of Gorge Water but it sure is pretty.

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  9. We have painted all of our trim Swiss Coffee by Benj. Moore. It is a beautiful warm white.

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  10. Hi Catherine- I have used Pratt and Lambert Designer White 33-1 for a bright white and Behr Parchment Paper 710-C1 for a warm white. We are in the Northwest and have really liked both the colors in this climate/light.
    Lisa in Bellingham

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  11. I just painted my walls with Sherwin Williams Incredible White, but it has a slight cream to it. Right after I painted, I read an article on Vintage Revivals where she uses SW High Hide color and adds 3 ounces of white pigment to have a very bright white. Regardless, our walls look great and the light in the room is incredible. Can't wait to see your before and afters on this house. Happy Fall!

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  12. In my salon I used Martha Stewart 'heavy cream' on the walls and 'talc' on the trim. I love it. The heavy cream is buttery in the summer and the perfect warm foil to the cool light in the winter. It's not too yellow and not too grey. And I think it would be so pretty with your pine floors! Though it's not BM, and I don't think you can get it in low VOC. Being a salon, my main focus was a cream/white that flattered a multitude of skin tones and hair colors. Heavy cream does!

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  13. I'm not much help in choosing paint colors. But this made me think of a funny scene from "Frasier" about all the different shades of white. Here's a link ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGA8z3ycKcE

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  14. White Dove is by far my very favorite white!

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  15. Swiss Coffee has been around forever,,,a tried and true. You have to look at each one in a brightly lit room over the course of 24 hours...I know it sounds redundant. Some whites have blue, yellow or pink undertones and they will definitely show up, especially in true whites. Just my humble advice,,,can't wait to see your changes!! :)

    Jane xx

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  16. My favorite white was, and still is, and old formula for Sherwin Williams' color Chalk: 4 increments of YO (Yellow Oxide) per gallon. Perhaps it has a new name now, but hands down, it's always been a great 'white'.

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    1. Wasn't able to find chalk - kept getting chalk paint in results!

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  17. "In the Fields" has been included in our A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-sunday-drive_23.html

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  18. Darryl Carter suggests simply white for trim and moonlight white for walls. I've tried it in my old house and really like it. It works in every room no matter the light and shows off antiques nicely.

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  19. Darryl Carter suggests simply white for trim and moonlight white for walls. I've tried it and like it, looks good in every room no matter the light and shows off antiques nicely. First time commenter, hope I didn't duplicate myself:)

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  20. Although I am a big fan of BM paint colours and use often on furniture pieces, I have used simple white, love it, and Bridal Veil, love it too.
    but if you visit my site I have posted my kitchenette cabinets and the walls....They are all painted with Swiss Coffee (Sherwin Williams Pro line paint)
    I love the quality anf the tone, its on all the doors, base boards, door jams, window trims, walls and ceilings. The colour is so faint with the undertone of grey without being a bit grey if you know what I mean? its an ironstone tone, no yellow hue, nor blue. its like an old T-shirt white... mellowed from all the gas dryer drying it has gone through.
    I think its a colour you may want to look into, Painted in satin, yet should have used a gloss for the cabinets. Even though the cabinets are in a stain, but looks more egg shell I love the French farmhouse feel to them. Let me know what you think of them. One more thing I love anytime of the day or night this paint colour looks fabulous. I have a bright sunny day light in my home and the colour is richly calming.

    love your home in the simply white, and if you were happy with it then its a colour worth living with all over again.
    you can see the tones in my home at my blog, and they all work so richly white together, not one piece fights for attention.

    Happy hunting and comparing.

    Happy Giving of Thanks
    xx
    bisous

    Dore

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  21. My go to white is Farrow and Ball's "pointing"...it has never failed me. It's the right amount of warm cream and remains consistent from room to room. I have it color matched in BM down at Hammond Lumber in town across from Round Top...ask for Tom in paint and tell him Kristine sent you in for "pointing"...I have it mixed in satin for walls and pearl for trim

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  22. danke für die inspirationen!!! angie

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  23. Used chantilly lace in my kitchen and absolutely love it so crisp so clean going to use it in sunroom also

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  24. I have used linen in so many houses and it always ends up having a dingy cast to it, as if it needs to be scrubbed. I love Simply white and as my husband used to remind me, if you loved it before, you will love it now .. it worked before.. it will work now. Simples :)
    Besides, as soon as I sell and move house- I am thinking Simply White will be the perfect color .. I found the house I want .. just all that other Stuff has to happen next.

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  25. We have Dover White (Sherwin Williams) in our home and like it very much. As far as paint brands, I'm a fan of SW and also Benjamin Moore. Great quality paints. I like your choice of Hardwood Putty and if it's from their Williamsburg collection, that makes it even more appropriate for your old home. Can't wait to see some swatches on your walls, or your final choice!
    Claudia

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  26. I love white! So any white would be my go-to choice. I recently used Valspar white and love it (They just call it White...simple, huh ;-) ) It doesn't seem to have an particular noticeable undertones although it is a bright white which we do love in our home that has lots of natural light. Ultimately the white you choose will depend a lot on your particular lighting (natural & artificial). I love your house. Can't wait to see it finished.

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  27. I have used Decorator White in many areas of my home and it's surely with gray undertones. We used Chantilly Lace for our new kitchen and I LOVE IT. Soft white with barely noticeable gray undertones ... My new go to and will be using it on all trim from now on.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Avoid BM Indian White. Too yellow. Best wishes.

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  29. I confess: I'm still in love with Simply White! Not sure you can improve upon perfection! ;-)

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  30. I've chosen china white for woodwork in every house and it's amazing how great it looks in houses in different parts of the country (the exterior light is different depending on the longitude and latitude)

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  31. I understand the feeling that using the same color might be a cop out. But "tried and true" can never be wrong. Have you considered something a littler darker or a different color (putty, tan or gray) on the woodwork. It seems to fit the style of your house. It looked great in your rented house.

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    1. I agree, that is what we did in our old house, having the same period of moldings.

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  32. It's funny how difficult it is to choose white paint. After nearly driving myself (and my family) crazy for weeks, I finally chose BM Chantilly Lace for our kitchen cabinets, and have been very satisfied with the results. It looks very clean and pretty next to soapstone. If I was going for an "all over the place" white, I would take a look at some of the Ralph Lauren Whites. Good Luck!

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  33. Catherine you should stick with your BM simply white, it just does an old house justice. We live in a 1740 saltbox and I painted everything Simply White except all the trim/doors/windows are London Fog. Maybe consider painting the trim a different color? Stick with what you know works exceptionally well especially in a historical home.

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  34. I agree with your husband...why fix what isn't broken. Simply White is my favorite go to white if I want an off-white.

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  35. I like Soft Chamois by Benjamin Moore. A soft, creamy white. I do find white quite difficult to keep looking clean and bright- most tend to look dingy over time.

    White does seem to work well with your decorating style. Loved your previous home. This "new" home has such rich historical features and I was hoping you would add some historic colors to your old home. Do you think you might paint the trims and doors a historical color, or leave that white as well?

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  36. Good luck finding your perfect white, Catherine. Half the fun is getting there, right?

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  37. Although Glidden may not be the best paint out there, they have a shade called 'White on White' which is a plain old white without any kind of undertone, (no yellow, grey, green or whatever kind of hues). ACE makes a good paint brand called Clark and Kensington. We have painted almost all the walls in our house in EXTREMELY FLAT 'Acacia' by that brand.

    It's funny, when you study old (chinese) porcelain, you learn that there are 60some shades of white. (I learned that on the British Antiques Roadshow).

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  38. I love the look of whites to decorate with. Nice to meet you - visiting from Jerry's blog. Catherine

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  39. My favorite white is BM White Dove (we painted our family room this color). I'm currently considering BM Acadia White (it has surprised me how much I like this color - v. creamy). And, I recently finished my daughter's bedroom and painted it the calm F&B Pointing. Beautiful color, but I wouldn't classify it white. You can see it here if interested:

    http://greenstreetblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/es-bedroom-finally-reveal.html

    BTW, I love the white in your previous home. You make white so beautiful!! Good luck with your decision.

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  40. Who would have thought there were so very many Whites out there. I wished I had went with a lil less white as My Grandson loves to touch the walls always so they are now looking a lil dingy. I feel a off White would help cover some of the lils abuse. I am sure whatever you choose will look fabulous !

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  41. I agree with Dianne. Your farmhouse was perfection indeed.

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  42. In our home we've used BM Snowfall White which actually on a card of greens - but does not look green at all.We used it to cover old builders white that tended to look dirty gray.

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  43. I love Benjamin Moore - Seapearl and white dove. Best of luck in your renovation!!

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  44. We painted our whole interior Zurich White and it is lovely. I think Heather Bullard used it in her new home as well.

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  45. I'm a lover of white and how complex it is too choose. We painted BM Cloud White for the kitchen cabinets/walls, all doors & trim, bathroom wainscotting but switched up the great room, hall and bedrooms with an off-white BM Albescent that looks just beautiful in full sun yet excudes warmth in the evening and against the CW trim. Can't wait to see your selection, Nancy from SW Ontario, Canada.

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  46. I used White Dove in our beach cottage on the walls with Super white on the trim...very crisp. Here in our SF apt. I used White Dove on the walls again and left the trim sort of a China White. Can't go wrong with white :)

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  47. The photo's of your previous home are so lovely and inspiring to me. I can hardly wait to see how you turn this beautiful house into your family home. The simply white was perfect for your home in the past, but I think you are headed down a different path this time and perhaps a softer white will be more suited to your home this time. My sister has used seed pearl from Pratt and Lambert, with great success. I recently recommended it to a friend and it is lovely. Choosing the right white is so challenging. I suspect whatever you choose, will become my new favorite!

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  48. My kitchen and entry hall are painted in Glidden Crisp Linen White, which I love, however since I have started repainting the entire house I am using Benjamin Moore White Dove and like it even more as in different rooms and at different times of the day it takes on a different hue in each room.

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  49. as you know our interior is all simply white too. but our ceillings are decorator white and they look a soft gray next to the simply white. it's subtle but it's there.

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  50. In anticipation of painting my daughter's room white, I came home from the paint store just yesterday with a dozen or so sample cards of whites. Seen all together, different samples look like everything from pink to green to gray. It is overwhelming. I expect we will be doing a number of sample paint areas on the wall as well before we decide. Good luck with your search.

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  51. Aesthetic white and snowbound - both by Sherwin Williams

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  52. We have Simply White on our walls, with Decorator White on all of our trim, baseboards and doors. Seeing the two side by side, in the same light, at the same time of day really shows a difference. The Decorator White is more pure white, with less cooler undertones. But it's so hard seeing the swatches on the screen, because they seem so much different! My vote would be Simply White. While it may not be a new colour (or absence of colour?) for your new home, it's such a great colour! I just find it to be the perfect transitional colour; bright and crisp and cheerful in bright sun, warm and almost cream with green undertones in evening light.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some sample shades on walls, and what the final choice is.

    Maria
    The Grower's Daughter

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  53. I've painted the walls in my house Antique White by Behr, it's a creamy white and makes the rooms feel warm:) Can't wait to see your new home painted, I love white decor!

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  54. Dear Catherine - what fun to be at the paint-picking stage. My husband and I bought an older home last year and had to make lots of upgrades before moving in. It was easy for me to decide on the paint color: simply from being a big fan of your lovely blog, it was Simply White for us all the way. Every single room - every piece of trim - every cabinet and shelf. A lot of white. I am sure my mother was concerned about all the white - but I love it and it turned out so beautifully. And I had no doubt it would, because your Country Farmhouse was so beautiful wearing it. White Dove and Acadia White were considered, but not for long. Best of luck with your decision - and I know whatever you select will be just the perfect thing. Your taste is so perfect!

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  55. I LOVE BM White Dove and painted our entire master the same color in our 1800 colonial in NJ, take a look!
    http://designsavvyofnj.blogspot.com/2011/12/our-home-update.html

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  56. Maison Blanche (Sherwin Williams)

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  57. You need a warm white for the inside of an historic New England home; my pick is Benjamin Moore Bone White. My rule is to use a bright white on the outside that looks crisp and clean in the snow; my choice is Sherwin Williams - White or Benjamin Moore - Snow Fall, and a warm white on the inside that adds depth to the detailed woodwork; my choice is Benjamin Moore - Bone White. You usually do painted floors with dark stained counters, but if you choose stained floors, I'd choose Crema Marfil marble counters that blend with the cabinet and wall color, then the warm, stained antique floors would make a statement.

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    1. I have to agree that Benjamin Moore Bone White might deserve a second look. I moved into a new place last year and none of my favorite paint colors seemed to work in there. I wanted to paint the whole house the same color since my place is rather small (2 bedroom townhome). I did like the color in my bedroom and bathroom since it soft and pretty. It was Benjamin Moore Bone White. I would describe the color as the color of candlelight. It's soft, pretty and very elegant. It's a pretty neutral and really makes the white woodwork pop. I think it would look lovely with your antiques. Of course, as with any paint color, you'll have to do some swatches on the wall to see what works best in the light in your new home. Sometimes, what is perfect in one home doesn't work at all in another. From a design perspective, you may want to check out Phoebe Howard or Sarah Richardson; I've seen some articles over the years where they list their favorite whites as well as other paint colors. Good luck. I am sure whatever you choose will be perfect; your taste is exquisite.

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    2. So glad someone likes bone white. I am thinking of painting my kitchen, living room, foyer and hallway that color.

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    3. I've had BM Bone White on the walls (with white woodwork) throughout my house for almost 20 years, and if I ever get another house, I'll use it again. It may not be trendy, but it is timeless. To Dream Mom, your description of it being "the color of candlelight" fits perfectly!

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  58. Let me begin by saying that any color you choose will be beautiful. I so enjoy following your decorating journey in your new home. I too, love white and chose Benjamin Moore's Mascarpone
    for my kitchen, mud room, laundry, and half bath. It plays well in my house. Wishing you the best.
    Mary

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  59. Good Morning Catherine,
    Out of all the samples that you have chosen, I have to admit that I still like Simply White the best, a close second though would be the Chantilly Lace.

    The white that we have used in our home for the last 7 years is called Whipped White DW04 by Dutch Boy. I tried to look it up on line and found that they are now calling it Whipped White 9-0-1. It has a warm undertone.

    Best Wishes. Whatever you choose will be beautiful!

    Carissa Anne

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  60. We just painted our living room PPGPorter Edelweiss (http://www.ppgporterpaints.com/color/paint-colors/edelweiss-ppg14-23). It's just enough color to satisfy the husband, who nixed the pure white idea I had, but it's light and fresh enough to lighten our living room which could use a few more windows. It's just barely a color next to our Behr Ultra Pure White trim. Can't wait to see what you choose, Catherine!

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  61. This post and all of the responses baffle me. I guess you are either a white walls person or you are not! Good luck deciding!

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  62. Farrow and Ball do a wonderful collection of white paints...Pointing is a great one, I see someone already mentioned that...I'm more a colour person so I can't imagine painting out an entire house in white....but your photos always look beautiful and serene so I guess it's the white walls that give it that serenity! Sharon

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  63. I used Linen White (BM) for all our interior surfaces, including cabinets. Its soft and when the light hits the walls it feels clean. I'm sure anything you pick will be amazing!

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  64. Lancaster White, this is what Benjamin Moore says about it: A soft white with a touch of yellow, lancaster white is ethereal and romantic. We have this on all the walls in our old house. Our trim is painted a historical color from Benjamin Moore in all of our rooms. Picking out a white is probably going to be your toughest challenge. I love this color. My previous had Sherwin Williams, Ivory Coast.

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  65. BM linen white w/ crisp BM atrium white trim! Best combo for and old east coast / new england home, in my humble opinion... Good luck!

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  66. I live in a home built in 1925, and we used SW Dover White. The trim in our home is the original unpainted hardwood on the first floor. On the second floor, we painted the trim in the bedrooms the same color, but in a high gloss finish. We really like it! It feels very warm.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely home and bits of your life with all of us!

    Raquel

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  67. My walls are BM Grey Owl lightened to 50% and my trims are BM Oxford White. So clean looking without being cold and stark. Love it. Can't wait to see your finished rooms.

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  68. CLOUD COVER (OC-25) by Benjamin Moore. We have it all over our house and it seems like the perfect balance of warm and cool without being too grey or yellow (even in different rooms with different lighting, it's consistent). Our trim is SIMPLY WHITE and it is a soft and subtle contrast. If we would ever move to another house I would use these colours again. Good luck!

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  69. By now you've likely heard it all.

    For every surface in our 1870 home we chose RIGHT WHITE from Restoration Hardware, then we had Sherwin Williams match it for the exterior.

    In our last home we covered everything in LANCASTER WHITEWASH. It's lovely but goes yellow easily.

    I loved your Farmhouse but I'm absolutely smitten with your new Federal. Good luck!

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  70. My vote would be to stick with Simply White! I loved it in your old house, which inspired me to use it in my little house. It picks up the light so beautifully and doesn't look dingy or grey or too yellow, which so many whites do. As someone else said, it worked before, why change it?!

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  71. in the May 2012 Southern Living Magazine the then editor Lindsay Bierman talked about the perfect white (and lots of other tried and true rules in his wonderful writing style) he suggests Benjamin Moore Ivory White (925). When we painted our home I decided to just trust him and I LOVE it! It's warm and inviting and while still being crisp it offers the smallest contrast between the very white trim. I know your old house was a starker white but just a thought!

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  72. I painted my maple shaker cabinets Dove White in June and like the color very much. Not too yellow or gray.

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  73. Also wanted to add after reading all the other responses that I don't have any white walls. White time and cabinets but not the walls. I also want to add while I love BM colors I think the paint is OK so I used the Clark and Kensington paints which rated number one in Consumers.

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  74. My favorite at the moment is Cottage White with Behr ...it brings a bit of warmth to the room while still keeping it white.

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  75. Here on the west coast of BC, the number one choice is cloud white by BM! It is soft and creamy looking, but still a very pure white...probably the closest resemblance to simply white in my opinion as I've used both colours in my home. I also paint my furniture simply white or cloud white. I'm next planning to paint my entire home BM Stonington Gray but with tons of cloud white as accent. Decorators white is another good choice I see lots of here on the coast and it feels warm enough in our often gray looking days. Good luck....your blog is my favourite of all time!

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  76. White Whisper (Valspar--Lowes) has been the only white I've used for years. I like a "true" white--I don't want it to go ivory or gray on me! But I also want it to be soft enough not to be harsh, and White Whisper does the trick. (I actually prefer Sherwin Williams paint, and I went into their store to ask if they could produce the same formula. Our SW store keeps competitors' formulas on hand, so they were able to whip it up easily and accurately!)

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  77. I love Simply White, and have used it on all the trim in my old home, as well as on my kitchen cabinets. To me, it is a warm white that is still really white and never reads yellow. I am always fighting the yellow!

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  78. Consider using ELMIRA WHITE by Benjamin Moore. We've used it in our house (in the entry way and upstairs hall) and I think it is one of the prettiest whites I've seen.

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  79. With the BM Elmira White, we painted all trim, doors, and the fireplace mantle BM China White.

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  80. You said it all when you said "I haven't begun to do test swatches on any of the walls in the house." This kind of discussion can only begin at the moment your sample swatches [painted directly on the walls] are considered given your rooms' available light. That's the moment when you'll be able to sense whether your rooms need an added boost of a brightening white, or toning down by dimming white. You're good at this, have fun with it! xo xo xo Flo in Florida

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  81. I love Origami White form Sherwin Williams. It has a grey undertone, but so rich that it feels like whipped cream on the walls. Because my house has a strong country flavour, I painted the living room with Linen Cloth (also SW) and then went over it with the Origami White applied sparingly with a large (4 or 6 inch) brush. It looks lovely.

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  82. I too have white walls in kitchen and living room. I don't care for whites that have a yellowy tint though. I like any white that is fresh white or has that look of a blanket of snow outside during dusk. I hang paint swatches on my walls for days to see the colors in different lighting and weather before making a decision. Best of luck, it'll look fab.

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  83. I'm in Australia and don't have access to a lot of the beautiful colours you do in the States. White had been a particular bane until I was fortunate to meet an elderly gentleman who was a retired house painter. I spoke about the "yellowness" in white paints especially a few years down the line after using white oil paint on trims. He let me know that in Australia, the common name for professional builders white is called "Snowdrop". Some paint stores know the blend though the larger hardware stores often do not. As I mix most paints myself either at home or in the paint store I am accustomed to ask for exactly what I want. "Snowdrop" is equal parts black and brown added to a standard can of white base paint. This counteracts yellowness and if your after a true white, you only need a drop or two. I have been very happy with this mix.

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  84. Hello Trina...I'm very late to this conversation, and you've probable already picked out your white...but just thought I'd throw my two cents in. We used HC-27 Monterey White for all of our woodwork...it's very creamy and warm without being to yellow or peach. WE tried just about every white out there, such a tricky thing, but we ended up very happy with out choice.
    I have a lot of catching up to do with you and your sweet family, thrilled to hear you have a new house in the works, looking forward to learning more.
    Happy New Year!!!
    xo J~

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  85. My all time favorite white is an Martha Stewart color from Sherwin Williams called "glass of milk". I don't think SW carries MS any more, but I've never had a problem finding it through their system.

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  86. Question - if I were to paint Walls either Simply White, Decorators White, or Glacier White (those are the three I'm toying with) what do you suggest for the trim/ceiling? We live in a home with minimal windows and have dark chocolate brown leather furniture and I'm trying to find ways to bring in more natural white with paint colors. Thanks in advance!

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Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Kind regards, Catherine

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