And whatever happened to the ease of builder beige anyways? I second guessed myself and trusted her expertise and hated it. We are painting our entire first floor after remodeling our kitchen. And don’t worry (I know you were…), our exterior will look DRASTICALLY different come Springtime when we can get some fresh paint on it! And if this is your first time to my blog – the Ginger likes to hear herself talk (or type). A two-tone kitchen is a GREAT example of a happy medium with black appliances. We have a finished basement (almost…still a work in progress) and I am trying to freshen it up. I have really enjoyed reading your blogs and have learned a lot. I’ll be sure to remember your tips when looking for a remodeling contractor who can help us out with the rest of the fixtures. The current color is a medium beige with pinkish purple undertones that does not live harmoniously with the warm wood floors and cabinetry. I’ve found that a lot of my clients hope to keep their current trim colour when painting their cabinets (the less painting the better). Add all of those things together, along with the needs of your furnishings and your personal tastes – let’s just say that off-whites are tricky. I know you mentioned SW7014 Eider White, but I’m talking maybe something on SW strip #258 (ex. Love your blog! PURPLE. Going with an off white or a white that has some creaminess to it, is the way to go. Variations of white include what are commonly termed off-white colors, which may be considered part of a neutral color scheme.. White is a color, the perception of ... 1987 version of the list, but present in Paul Raveling's version which added, amongst other things, "[l]ight and off-white colors, copied from several Sinclair Paints color samples". And don’t be overwhelmed, these are ALL things that I consider when I do my E-design consultations, so if you’re struggling, you know who to holler at (well, you know who to email – I never answer my phone). Thanks. The reason why this matters is that one white can EASILY make another white look dingy/yellow/green/cool/etc…in comparison. The color ash gray is a representation of the color of ash. We have vaulted ceilings in the LR. If you DO, then white cabinets are probably a no-go, but it CAN depend on the countertop/backsplash you choose. We had initially settled on Benjamin Moore’s “Barren Plain” based on the recommendation of a local designer we consulted with who assisted us in selecting our new grey floors and matched it with this colour. We just sold our home (that’s right, the one we just bought) and have bought a new AH-FREAKIN’-MAZING home…that needs some love (here). We have Colonnade Gray throughout the rest of the open floor plan house and Shoji coordinates nicely. I mentioned this earlier. Thank you! Thanks for taking a look and for all the valuable information you provide. The molding looks great with the suede paint but, will be touching the wall where I need to paint my transition color. Not sure which white is best for your kitchen or bathroom cabinets? What I can tell you is the cabinets will be SW Acier grey. Ghost white, Baby powder, White smoke are the most known white tones. If not, before you go to the MASSIVE expense and the HUGE labour of painting those cabinets, I want you to think about adding on the trim, it will be worth it. Thinking BM Edgecomb in the hall and family room which is also low light? White is the color that is perceived by the eye when confronted with all visible wavelengths of light. Without the Oxford White Trim, you would probably not even see the grey on its own. While I love Halo on most walls, it is overall slightly darker than we’d like. The last designer I used (NOT Kylie) insisted that I’d love Creamy on my interior doors and trim despite me not feelin’ it. I think I’m going with SW Alabaster cabinets and trim. This will probably seem so off base today because everything leans the opposite, but are there any off-white neutral colors that you have used that have green undertones that you would recommend? I am reading and rereading all your info about colors. RD-W15. But yet something still light & fresh. It also sounds like it will be lighter than Barren Plain, which again, could expose the purple in Barren Plain, leaving me feeling a bit nervous overall…. It’ll appear like an ageing white. Beige appliances are a SUPER tough sell with white cabinets and it’s basically a hard-no. a more suitable paint colour on the walls, Legal Notice:    All the information and Kylie M Interiors watermarked images are the property of Kylie M Interiors, all rights reserved. Wine helps). Thank you for visiting my paint colour blog, I'm glad you're here! I agree though that there are way more considerations for color than what the current trend is, as you point out homes with lots of wood wouldn’t play well with an all-white kitchen. I mean, he might save money buying it in HUGE bulk, but in the end, it’s you who’s paying for it and I wouldn’t do it… Or if you have to have it, I might look at softer greige, warm gray and cool gray colours . Both are very crisp. The 12 Best Navy Blue Paint Colours for Cabinets, Islands, Front Doors and MORE! This tone is warmer and richer than white and off-white. Learn how your comment data is processed. Credit: Benjamin Moore 6. Painting sample boards this week to take and view in the rooms. Is it REALLY the right white for your room? Alabaster – Sherwin Williams – This color is more of an off-white than a true white, but since it was SW’s 2016 color of the year, I wanted to include it. Regards, Andrew. I can’t see it being a big deal for him to switch up. Can you give me guidance? Best, Jenine Beck, Jenine, what a lovely note to get – THANK you! Any suggestion that you may have will be great. Check out my affordable and fun E-Design! Required fields are marked *. It really helped when you suggested keeping the same tone of white for the entire kitchen from the flooring to the countertops because we’re very pleased with the white hardwood flooring we have in the kitchen and wanted to make adjustments elsewhere instead, like the cabinets for example. I love Creamy White and now I have a new favorite–White Duck or may be Aesthetic White? There is typical new construction moulding halfway up the wall and it is double story. Do they seem a bit more yellow/blue/pink than the white in your countertop or do they really blend in with the existing white? Thank you! The 4 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams, Sherwin Williams: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours. This is a "go-to" color for a whole room or just on the trim. If your room is south facing, it would be calmer than Creamy, White Duck would be calmer in south-facing light as well (Creamy would look even WARMER in southern light which is a warm yellow light), but if you have a north or east-facing room, you might prefer the warmth of Creamy to balance out that duller light. Ultimately, the distinction between white and gray mortar comes down only to a distinction of color. Remember, every gray will have an undertone and Silver Satin favours purple. Hoping I’ll love it. Off-white, on the other hand, leaves a softer, gentler impression. And nothing breaks bad news better than a glass of wine and a slightly manic Ginger, right? My floors are in the honey family and everything that I have tried reads either blue or yellow. Creamy is a tricky one on trim/cabinets as it doesn’t partner up quite as easily with wall colour options (because of the creamy/yellow in it), it’s not quite as versatile as the likes of BM White Dove, SW Alabaster and BM Cloud White. I was wondering if you could comment on SW Natural Choice? And if you’re LUCKY, the white that is on your trim will be the PERFECT white for your cabinets – better cross your fingers. I’ve had a lot of clients say they love cream, but don’t love yellow. Light reflects differently on horizontal surfaces. Nope, Natural Choice doesn’t usually flash pink, if anything it can almost pick up a weee wink o’ green, so it sounds like you’re on the right path! I’m beginning to see more and more white/black and less grey…. Attached rooms are grey tones decorating is modern farmhouse ish. Hi Samsmom, I have the exact issue! Is there one that will also look good in a South Facing room too, as my entry connects to the family room that faces the south. Click HERE or on the above image to see available packages, This is a big one (that’s what she said…). I want to paint my home office an off white that’e neutral but leaning very slightly warm (NO yellow) because we have a Boring Beige sofa we have to keep. If you have a home with a lot of wood trim/doors/built-ins, white cabinets can be tricky. Once she was ready to remodel the kitchen (in a few years), she could then create a nicely balanced palette from scratch. Hi Kylie, I love your blog! Not long after, I was in my local BM store and he happens to have created his own custom line of greys. You seem to really like white duck Can you provide insight? On the other hand, the one with yellow undertone has a warmer look. Shades of white are also preferred because they are the most reflective colors. I was told that it was her ‘go to’ for trim Why do you not recommend on cabinets? Really enjoy your insights. This 5 part series with amazing tips and tricks will be delivered FREE to your inbox! The 4 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams, Sherwin Williams: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours. I would imagine that it would slightly highlight the warm purple that’s in Barren Plain, especially if it’s considerably more neutral looking. I also like Eider White, which you’ll learn about shortly. It can be DARN tricky to pick the right white for your kitchen cabinets, because it’s not just about what YOU want, it’s about what your KITCHEN wants – and kitchens can be pretty finicky. Or view 1,200 more paint colors from 24 paint palettes at We are using SW Pure White for all trim, doors and ceilings. In her case, it made more sense to choose a medium-toned warm gray that suited her countertop AND her backsplash. The photo below shows it at its grayest…. What is its undertone? Personally (and decoratively), I find it WAY too high contrast, unless PARTICULAR things are in place (which I’ve covered in this blog post), but I can say that generally speaking, I don’t do black appliances with a white kitchen. Mi have warm wood floors I have sampled Shoji and Natural Chouce, and Natural Ground. Whether cool and crisp or soft and warm, white walls are one color trend that's never going out of style. Usually, white tones are obtained by mixing with light tones of basic colors. This kitchen uses an antique white kitchen cabinet with French doors design that goes with it. I’ve been reading all your posts but haven’t seen you mention natural choice or natural ground. HDC-MD-06. A whole lotta wood – trim, floor and more. Any recommendations are appreciated. Cheryl. Things are always a-changin’ and I agree that gray is slowly (slooowly) fading…. It mostly does except in the kitchen where the lighting is the brightest, it still flashes pink at certain times of the day and in the hallway and entry where there is less light RP is too muddy. I’m thinking SW Pure White for the trim. Any suggestions. It would be a warm grey with a neutral grey/offwhite. Then maybe use Mindful Gray on the walls in one or two corner rooms like the dining room and/or office. I’d say that Shoji White, again, is a good alternative (but I still love my Aesthetic). He described his colour as a true neutral with no undertones and advised they would work together. Too much white can be a problem but its one you can fix. If you choose Samplize, keep this in mind. If you have a WARM colour that is dominant (ie: yellow/orange/red), then you’ll want to pick a warm white that picks up on that particular colour/undertone. On the other hand, this client was also hoping for white cabinets, but as far as that backsplash/counter/flooring combo was concerned – it was a HARD no. I guess you call that griege. You’ll want to do this by hanging them PERFECTLY vertical. Free shipping and free returns on eligible items. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint colour expert. . Thanks for your reply! I hope that helps! In the ideal world, the backsplash would coordinate with the countertop which would coordinate with the floor – but that’s not always the case. Honied White. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint colour expert. Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White was very close, but just a smidge too light. (Don’t worry, we’ll get into some specific whites shortly). I am looking to paint the interior in an off white color . I have already purchased the counters - quartzite, yosemite falls which has is off white and grey. FULL Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. Find a Home Depot near you. Want to know which off-whites are best for YOUR room? BWC-04. And of course, as with EVERYTHING, there are exceptions based on personal style/specific colour, I’m just trying to get you on the right path! I think I’ve tried just about every color you mentioned above (other than Eider White) – so I think I need to swing into green undertones. You’ve been a great help to me over the years, Kylie. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. These are all things you need to consider before choosing YOUR best white. When it comes to LRV, it can be tricky to know just where the cut-off is between white, off-white and light. Can your KITCHEN support a white kitchen? I’ve looked at Aesthetic White and Shoji White but keep coming back to Duck White. Can you give me two good choices for rooms without a lot of natural light? Hi Sams Mom! Only a blue/grayish velvet sofa. Every green-gray I’ve tried in the 70-75 lrv range flashes pink (boo) when I’d rather it flash green or a green that flashes gray (yay) which I’d be totally fine with since my countertops are a green-gray, off- white granite. I’ve had MANY clients who were desperate for a white kitchen, either a brand-new one or via painting their existing cabinets. I loved this post. Is it possible to have a green undertone and still look in style, fresh & good with SW Pure White? Now, before we get into the guts n’ the glory, let’s talk about off-whites and why they are such a bugger to choose. So I’m thinking of trying to combat it with a green undertone – but not like Revere Pewter, that just doesn’t have enough green undertone. FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Creamy, The Best Cream Paint Colours: Benjamin Moore, 5. Thanks! Christy, I totally feel your frustration! I’ve decided on SW White Duck for the walls and Pure White for trim and doors. If you have a TON of green outside your window (grass/trees), your off-white walls might pick up a hint of green, If your porch floor is painted red, your off-white walls might look a tad pink as the red is reflected on your walls AND the high LRV of your walls reflects it back, It has an LRV of almost 75, so it’s in the off-white range, but really has a bit more body than most, In some lights, Classic Gray can look quite greige, but really, it’s a warm gray, It has an LRV of 74, so it really is on the border of off-white and light, It’s great if you’re looking for a warm, but not OBVIOUSLY beige, gray or creamy neutral, Like Aesthetic White (below), it’s one of the few options with no obvious undertone to wrestle with, It has an LRV of 76, so it’s sittin’ pretty in the off-white range, Because it’s a warm gray, Silver Satin will come up a bit warmer in a, Silver Satin looks pretty with Sherwin Williams, If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room, Creamy has an LRV Of 81, which is an UBER fab off-white depth, on the, It has an LRV of 73, so it’s another on-the-border colour, but I still find that it gives a fab off-white look with no obvious green/purple/blue/colour in it, It’s nice for a north-facing room for a neutral, but not particularly warm NOR cold look. ( Slight brown glazing on inset edges of doors) Trying to find a white paint that will work with them and earth-tones in countertop… Do you think white dove or alabaster would work. I’m a non designer – home owner / design enthusiast here and just came across this blog when trying to search for a comparison with some off whites (because I’m It can often pick up an interesting green undertone. I just don’t want you to be surprised once it’s on your walls! I don’t know, I don’t think there is a white that I would partner up, it sounds like any white will just make your cabinets look creamier and dingier. If you have a cool colour that is dominant in your countertop or flooring (ie: blue/purple/cool green), you’ll want to choose a clean or slightly cool white that suits that particular colour/undertone. What color white trim would work? Shades of white are colors that differ only slightly from pure white. Thank you! I can’t recall why I went with Aesthetic White but I honestly don’t think I could have gone wrong with either one. Affordable and creative ideas that suit you AND your home with todays best paint colors! (QUIZ HERE). Best post–EVER! The off-white color that comes with grey undertone tends to look neutral or cold. This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. I need a serious off-white/cream as white will be too stark. This color is slightly off-white, making it pair nicely with white kitchens and wood tones as well as colored cabinets. ~Kylie, Hello Kylie Thank you for the insight and knowledge you have been sharing with us. Online decorating and e-design, e-decor consultations. Sherwin Williams 7570 Egret White Egret White is an off-white that is a warm greige with a subtle feminine purple undertone. The insight you give about undertones and room exposures is so helpful. However, I LOVE how this color looks still. Your email address will not be published. Please just ask if you would like to borrow any of my images (with full credit) and I’m sure that I’ll be happy to oblige. FULL COLOUR REVIEW HERE. This time around, we just had our home painted with SW Aesthetic White and chose SW Pure White for the doors and trim (I went with flat, ceiling white on the ceilings) and I LOOOOVE it so much more!!! If you like the general look of Silver Satin, but want your walls LIGHTER, Benjamin Moore Calm has a similar approach. Hi Lisa, yes, that could be quite pretty! I am looking to brighten/freshen up the place a bit. We are renovating and I need to choose a colour for the main floor (LR DR, FR ,kitchen ,PwdrR) and hallways. Clean White. Floor is gray/brown oak plank tile. I recently did an E-design with a client who had a GORGEOUS home and wanted a white kitchen and it was DARNED hard to get give it to her. BWC-13. Bring paint samples home. Are they warm tones or cool tones? Awful looking- now have to repaint. 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