Picking a white paint color is hard. There are so many whites and off white colors of paint. When picking keep in mind factors that play into picking the right color for your home. How much natural light is in your home? How big is a space? What feeling are you going for in a room - bright and airy, moody, happy etc ?
Here are some tips and tricks I used when picking the paint colors for my home.
Picking a Cabinet Color
How much do I want my cabinets to stand out? For me I wanted my cabinets white, but I didn't want them to blend into my wall completely. My cabinets are painted in Chalk White by Benjamin Moore. This color is pretty white, but leans slightly to the cool side. It is a perfect cool off white color.
My kitchen cabinets and moldings are all painted in different sheens of Chalk White. The ceiling is matte, my cabinets are a baked finish and my moldings are a sating. I feel like this adds a little bit more of a custom feeling to the space. It also allowed me to have the white kitchen I wanted.
Choosing an Off White Color for the Walls
Can you see the slight contrast between my white moldings and my walls? Our off white color we used Snowbound by Sherwin Williams in a satin sheen. I would use caution with Snowbound because it can have a pink undertone. At first I HATED my wall color and I was determined to repaint the entire house. However, it has grown on me and I do like the slight warmth it adds to our home. Snowbound also goes really nicely with my cabinet and molding color.
Picking Paint for an Accent Wall
When painting an accent wall I like to stick to my molding color. It helps to add a little contrast to the accent wall against the off white color walls. This wall is in our master bedroom is painted with Chalk White in satin by Benjamin Moore.
I did my whole house in Snowbound by Sherwin Williams for the walls and Chalk White for the moldings and accent walls. I have really liked that my whole house is the same color, it makes touch ups much easier.
Another Off White Color I Love
In our previous home I used Halo by Benjamin Moore for our wall color and White Dove also by Benjamin Moore for our moldings. I love the subtle contrast these two off white colors have.
Hopefully this helps you pick the perfect off white color!
If you are still on the fence, maybe going a little more grey would be a good idea. You can check out my guide to picking a grey paint color here.
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