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White Trim Dilemma

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Last week I assisted a homeowner with a question about her white interior trim. She had recently repainted her living room in Benjamin Moore Manor Blue 1627 and also her dining room with Ben Moore Wickham Gray HC-171. Her husband did not want to repaint the existing trim which was Ben Moore Cloud White:

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The Cloud White was bothering her because it seemed to be ‘so noticeable and dull (dirty) looking’ against the new paint colors. “Isn’t Cloud White supposed to be the perfect white trim color that goes with every color?” she asked.

Not quite. Below is a Wickham Gray sample, (the poster board underneath) with a Cloud White sample and also a cleaner, whiter white:

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Can you see how the sample on the right looks cleaner and whiter? The color on the left is Cloud White. The right side sample is Chantilly Lace OC-65. When comparing the two whites together, Chantilly Lace is a cleaner, brighter white.

Below is Manor Blue with Chantilly Lace on the left and Cloud White on the right:

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Do you see how the Chantilly Lace look brighter and more compatible? That is because the two new paint colors, Manor Blue and Wickham Gray, are also clean colors. If I were also to compare a taupe color with the two whites:

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The Cloud White on the left looks more compatible than the brighter/cleaner white on the left.

So I ask her to get the two samples of trim color and bring home to compare with her new paint colors. Right away she saw how much cleaner and crisper the Chantilly Lace looked. After a bit of dispute discussion, the husband agreed to repaint the small amount of trim in both the living room and dining room.

Can you use different colors of trim throughout the home? Of course. I just would not butt them up against each other where you can compare the two.

The best way to compare the colors is to try the samples yourself at home. Photos on the computer are not the best way to see, but I hope I helped you understand the discrepancy in the different whites.

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

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Choosing The Right White

Monday, November 15th, 2010
Choosing the right white is as hard, if not more difficult, than which color to select. Don’t think you are alone with this issue!
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Or,  I am often asked, which white should I choose for my trim and/or cabinets?

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So I would like to share with you some designer tips I have learned over the years that you can use when you are looking for that perfect white for your home.

Look at Decorator’s White Int. Rm. for a warm white with yellow undertones; Linen White Int. Rm. has a warm beige undertone; and a cool white will have blue/gray undertones such as White Diamond OC-61.  An easy way to see the white undertones, is to use a large sample of Decorator’s White to put white samples next to help determine the underlying colors.

If you have white walls or cabinets, I suggest do not paint the trim the same shade of white.  You want the contrast between the two whites for architectural interest.  Again, sample the whites next to your existing white.  Also, I like to use different finishes for more of a contrast which I wrote about here:  Would you like that Shiny or Flat?  Flat is usually used for the ceiling, an eggshell finish on the walls and a gloss or semi-gloss on the trim.

You can use several tints of white in a room, but keep them in the same color temperature, either all warm whites or all cool whites.

If you are going to use white for your ceiling, be sure to use a ‘warm white’ if your walls are painted in a warm color, including red, yellow or orange. I recommend to use a ‘cool’ white if your room is painted in cool colors, such as blue, green or violet.

Cloud White OC-130 seems to be the top ‘white’ choice for designers.  It is also one of my favorites because it is so soft and works so well with other colors.  Other whites I love are White Dove OC-17 , Linen White,  Int. Rm, (a soft ,yellowy white) and Chantilly Lace OC-65 (a white, white).  Here is a picture below I am redesigning where we used White Dove in a semi-gloss finish for her white cabinets.  Just a beautiful white!

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 Be sure when you are painting your cabinets white, such as White Dove, your back splash and counter tops should also be white, gray or black.  If you are using a white with a yellow undertone such as Acadia White OC-38 on your cabinets, your counters and back splash should be a more of a creamy color such as browns, beiges and creams shown in photo below.

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Comments?  Any questions? 

If you need help choosing whites for your home, contact me today.

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