China Doll: The Best Warm Neutral Paint Colour
While the world hasn’t QUITE shifted into the warmer end of things yet, the tides they are a turnin’. This is why today, we’re taking a look at Sherwin Williams China Doll, which is sure to be one of the more POPULAR beige paint colours in the coming years.
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What type of paint colour is China Doll?
China Doll is a light beige paint colour with mild undertones. If you have a room with north-facing light, morning western, or afternoon eastern light, China Doll offers some warm balance to these exposures. On the other hand, if you have a south-facing room or an afternoon west-facing room, China Doll isn’t SO warm that your room looks like an easy-bake oven.
What’s the LRV of China Doll?
China Doll has an LRV of 63, making it a LIGHT depth paint colour. If you have a DARK room, China Doll could look a bit dingy or flat without the right interior lighting. If you have a SUPER bright room, this depth of paint colour will wash out to a degree, keeping in mind that ANY paint colour will look lighter than expected in a lot of light. Generally speaking, China Doll is an awesome depth for the ‘average’ room.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of China Doll?
Every warm paint colour has undertones of either yellow, orange, or red (pink). The key to picking the best paint colour for your home is to align the undertones of your paint colour with that of your interior finishes!
China Doll centers on an ORANGE undertone – an orange that leans into pink. While this might sound SCARY (pink being a four-letter word), this makes China Doll an interesting choice for many homes built in the early 2000s with their predominantly beige-inspired carpets and tiles.
What’s the best way to sample paint?
Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls China Doll, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
China Doll is tricky because of its orange-pink undertone. Why? Because most warm whites lean on a yellow undertone. I actually prefer Benjamin Moore White Dove with China Doll as it has warmth, but it’s a bit toned-down. Sherwin Williams Alabaster is okay, but you will see that bit more yellow in it compared to the orange-pink of China Doll. Sherwin Williams White Flour can also be an interesting choice but is tougher to live with on a larger scale as it doesn’t accommodate many other paint colours.
Is China Doll a good colour for the exterior of my home?
It sure could be, as long as your stone/brick/roof accommodate its undertones. MANY of the popular stone claddings are actually quite fond of the undertones in China Doll!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
Does Benjamin Moore have a colour similar to China Doll?
Remember, every colour has its own personality and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depths. The closest I could find is Benjamin Moore Muslin.
Read more: The Best WHOLE HOME Warm Paint Colours
What type of paint colours look good with China Doll?
With having orange-pink undertones, China Doll is a bit fussy, while still having some gorgeous partners, such as some…
- lighter and darker beiges with comparable undertones
- grays that are the same depth or DARKER, ie: Sherwin Williams On the Rocks or Silverplate
- greiges that are a similar depth or darker, ie: Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
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