Did you know there are over 100 white paint colors on the market? No wonder we stand in front of the display of our favorite paint store and become overwhelmed at the sight of all of the choices. Of course, there really is no right answer for the “perfect white paint,” it’s all about which shade you love best. But, if you’re looking for somewhere to start, then you might want the advice of some DIY & Design Bloggers who have their own favorites. So let’s figure out how to find the perfect white paint.
I looked at dozens of different shades when trying to pick the color for my office (which you will see this week!) I found it really interesting to actually see the color on walls of some bloggers I admire.
Melissa from The Inspired Room loves Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. She’s used it in quite a few rooms, and in her post about white paint, she shares some great advice on picking paint.
Want another glance at White Dove? Melissa at 320 Sycamore painted her kitchen with it, too.
Emily A. Clark is also a white wall lover, and she used Shoji White in her bedroom. Isn’t it dreamy?
And then there’s The Nester. Ya’ll know I adore her. Sigh. She’s all smitten with white paint, too – and her favorite shade is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White.
Then there are those who look past the paint chips and find their own way. Like Stacy. She loves Rustoleum’s Heirloom White, so she had her paint store match it and painted her cabinets. Ain’t she clever?
If you still can’t find the right color, invent it! That’s what Lindsay at Makely Home did. She calls her color “Lindsay White” which is off the shelf base plus 1 oz. white pigment. It makes an ultra bright white that looks amazing when paired with the bright colors in the rest of her home.
So what’s the lesson here? You’ve got to try something to see if it will work. Each room is different. My living room has way more light than my kitchen. That’s why I used Glidden’s Crisp Linen in my living room, but I’ll be using a much brighter Pure White by Sherwin Williams in my kitchen. And, my office is even different from both of them – it’s Restoration Hardware’s The Right White. See, I even have different whites throughout one house.
The moral? There is no perfect white. You just have to find what’s perfect for you. It does help to know if you want a cooler (blue based) white, or a creamy (yellow based) white. After you figure that out, just pick one and try it. If you’re not feeling it, then try again. Honestly, paint doesn’t have to be a life long commitment – it’s ok to date around until you find the perfect one. Or ones. Hopefully all the rooms above at least give you an idea of where to start.
If you are ready to paint, then you’re going to need a roller. Right? Three lucky folks are going to win a Paint Stick from HomeRight.com – woohoo! I used one a few weeks ago when painting my office – and I’ve gotta tell you, they rock! Want to learn more? You can see it on How to Paint a Room.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me the next room you’re planning on painting.
Want a bonus? Leave a 2nd comment and tell me your favorite white paint.
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