Today, I have decided to take on a subject that lots of my friends frequently consult me on when it comes to refreshing the colours in their homes.
What is the proper shade of white for my walls?
Such a simple question may become extremely complicated when in a paint store, holding a colour fan deck with seemingly countless shades of white: whites that lean towards beige, whites that seem pink-ish, others that resemble grey, whites with various shades of other colours.
All whites may look the same when we see them in a colour fan deck or a small sample.
However, when applied on the walls, then the various shades become more distinct as they reflect the play of light and shadows.
Unfortunately, the wrong choice of white may produce disappointing results in the overall interior design feel.
Here are some hints for all of you at a loss:
The ultimate white.
Use it when you want no other shade on your walls but a total white.It is a perfect match for bold wallpaper and fabric patterns and uniquely accentuates both pastel hues, adding freshness, and bright colours, giving them liveliness.
Highly recommended for minimal residences and beach houses.
My personal preference the Super White PM-1 from Benjamin Moore.
Pale grey white
The white with grey undertone is best suited to urban flats with austere interiors featuring modern furniture from the 50’s on, commonly known as the metropolitan style.It’s also ideal for urban houses where modern decoration is combined with industrial elements, such as a concrete floor, apparent beams, and metal.Finally, it’s the proper choice when trying to create bachelor spaces with vintage leather furniture and dark-coloured walls; in other words, when aiming for masculine style. This shade of white will create a serious and sophisticated atmosphere in the room.An ideal is choice is the Gray Tint 1611 from Benjamin Moore.
This shade of white highlights the charm of fade and processes depth in your space.One of my favorites is the Plaster of Paris from Benjamin Moore.
Use it on walls, paired with super white for ceilings and plaster decorative elements.
It’s the top combination for classic interior design.
Should you decide not to mingle these two shades but paint the ceilings the same colour as the walls, then the final outcome will look more contemporary still.
An off-white colour. It’s the ideal colour to use if you want to accentuate works of art, antiques or vintage furniture.
A warm colour with the right amount of grey, which makes it perfectly modern.
Pratt & Lamberts’ China White is another excellent choice to consider.