The saying, “everything comes in threes” must be true, because this week I’ve had 3 different friends ask me for recommendations for white or greige paint colors for their new homes! Until you open up a paint deck or stroll through the aisles of a paint or hardware store, some may not realize just how many options are out there, and how different every “white” shade can be!
#1 RULE as a disclaimer to my advice: You MUST put a sample on your walls before making final decisions. Lighting is everything and a color or shade of white will look vastly different in each individual space. Extra credit: put the same color up in at least 2-3 places.
When you slap the samples up you’ll notice one looks blue, the next yellow, bottom sample light gray, etc. It’s really fascinating watching paint dry. No sarcasm here. For real.
With all three friends, we’ve narrowed it down to combinations of the following Sherwin Williams colors:
What’s amazing is that while they all seem to have a good amount of saturation to them as they appear here, once applied, these colors are just slightly off from what you might call plain old white (if there is such a thing!). The top row, obviously, are a bit darker erring in the greige/taupe category and look really lovely paired with any of the lighter variations from the bottom row. Pure White is what I usually recommend in a trim or cabinet color, unless you have warmer or yellower tones running through your home in terms of flooring or furniture, then Alabaster or Greek Villa may be the one you’re looking for. Especially a great option for a white cabinet paint if your countertops are off-white/formica, or a granite that may be on the browner side!
To exemplify my point, here are rooms painted in all of the colors in this round-up:
SW Alpaca (walls)
SW Egret White
SW Toque White (walls)
SW Pediment (walls)
One more example of Pediment; easier to see:
SW Pure White (Cabinets)
SW Alabaster (Trim & Mouldings)
SW Greek Villa (Cabinets)
SW Greek Villa (walls)
SW Eider White (walls)
So, while many are trying to brighten up their homes, it’s not always the best choice depending on your architecture or natural light flow to go with a stark, extra bright white. Not to mention, there aren’t many that are that brave enough to try it, but still want something “white”– just softer and cozier than it’s lucent counterparts.
Colors like these will always look more saturated in the space when finished, but still feel light and fresh! They will also pair well with colors in the blue, green and mauve families (cooler tones). When pairing them with each other and with your furniture- always be sure to keep the undertones in mind and stick to the same family or tones in that particular wheelhouse!
*Sherwin Williams paints are available at Lowes and individual locations. Plus,they are always having great sales- like 30-40% off- about once a month so keep your eyes peeled!
Have a great bright day!