I usually use Benjamin Moore colors for my clients. I like its quality and many locations for different types of stores. I think that they have beautiful white colors for either the walls or the ceilings.
White rooms are always in style. Despite the notion that white rooms look institutional, you can create a variety of spaces, from futuristic to romantic. White walls are similar to the little black dress for your wardrobe if you crave simplicity and clarity. But anyone who tried painting room all white knows that it can be tricky. The paint swatches look totally different in the store until you try them on your walls. And then there are some confusing names for white paint, like Grand Teton White, Snow on the Mountain or Deep in Thought….
So, before you a five-gallon of Basic White, pick up to ten different white tone paint swatches and leave the store.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you are looking around the room:
- Does it have the architecture that you want to show off?
- Do you want to go contemporary or traditional?
- Do you want to use a mix of historical periods or styles?
- Do you want a romantic retreat?
- Do you want a luxurious, formal buttoned up look?
- How about a futuristic fantasy?
- Is it an old house and you want to make it crispy bright?
- What mood or style do you want?
Here are some examples:
1. Architectural Clarity
Go for just one paint for a room that has defined and established architectural features. Let architecture take center stage for all white room. Vaulted ceilings, elegant moldings that have roots in history do not require embellishments. Then infuse the space with soulful objects.
2. Romantic Retreat
Introduce soft whites and off-whites for a romantic hideaway bedroom with organic bedding. Curves and carvings of the furniture and accessories will add pretty, understated glamor. Paint walls and ceiling the same paint for a small room.
3. Nostalgic Simplicity
Use several tones of white for a cottage beach bathroom with vintage objects, organic towels and off-white paneled walls.
4. Classic and Elegant Mix of Styles
Select crisp white for trim and doors to create an elegant, classic feel and intermix several decorating styles, such as Art Deco and Traditional. To make the room softer, introduce creamy white. In the foyer above, the creamy white wall color allows for mingling of the two decorating styles as it ties them together.
5. Crisp and Clear Backdrop
Decide on crispy white walls and ceiling to display your colorful possessions and fun objects. Pair them for unity and rhythm. Add flowers and plants to make the space alive.
6. Contemporary Glamor
Mix different textures and forms within one or two white colors to create contemporary glamour look. Tactile qualities of the room elements will contribute to luxurious and comfortable feel of the room.
7. Intersection of Styles
Select pure white for the walls and then emphasize the intersection of elements. Show off their co-existence within one architectural plane. Don’t be afraid to use different elements, such as organic, natural elements with glossy reflective surfaces. Use black for visual focus.
Now think about accessories. Remember the little black dress? You need just as much black in accents as white jewelry for a black dress. Also, shape matters. If you are small framed you might choose a tighter dress with not so many accessories. On the contrary, if you are larger, go more free form with your black dress.
The same is true for your interiors, just in reverse. Think about your room shape first. For a larger room you need more accessories and black accents. For a smaller room try not to overdo with too many embellishments.
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