One of the PRETTIEST off-white paint colours – Divine White
If you’re looking for the most DIVINE shade of beige, you’ve come to the right place, as today we’re taking an up-close and personal look at Divine White.
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
Is Divine White a warm or cool paint colour?
Divine White is DEFINITELY a warm paint colour (beige). And with its particular warmth, no matter which exposure or artificial lighting you have, Divine White should never look cold. This is due to the strength of its UNDERTONES (which we’ll get into shortly).
If you have a north-facing room, Divine White will help to balance this cold natural light. The same goes for flat and drab eastern afternoon light. However, while it will hold its warmth in both of these exposures, it will be more of a PASSIVE warmth compared to how it can look. In a south-facing room or one with western afternoon sunshine, you can expect Divine White to look EVEN WARMER as it leans into that yellow-hued natural light.
What’s the LRV of Divine White?
Divine White has an LRV of 72, putting it right on the border between the light and the off-white worlds. However, with this higher LRV, you can expect Divine White to wash out considerably in a room with a lot of natural light (keeping in mind that any lighter colour will do this).
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
But one thing I love about Divine White is that while some off-white paint colours can look a bit drab or flat in a dark room, because of the strength of its undertones, Divine White still holds some colour and warmth.
What are the undertones of Divine White? Will it look orange or pink?
Being a very slight version of beige, Divine White centers on an ORANGE undertone. Now, an orange undertone can lean orange-yellow or orange-pink. One of the great things about Divine White is that it doesn’t really cater HARD to either. In some lights, it certainly looks a bit more orange-yellow (but the yellow NEVER takes over), while in others, it can be a bit friendly towards surfaces with orange-pink undertones!
If you’re sensitive to these undertones, the scales could tip just a touch too far; you might want to explore other warm-off-whites. HOWEVER, this particular blend suits a HECK OF A LOT OF HOMES, especially those from the early 2000s, so you may want to give it a chance!
How should you sample Divine White?
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
What’s the best white trim colour with Divine White?
This is a tricky question, for sure. Because of the orange in Divine White, it can be pretty fussy with the typical warm white paint colours.
This foyer shows Divine White with Divine White 50% lighter on the trim
Because these warm whites center on a YELLOW undertone. Will it be a hot mess? Sometimes, yes; especially whites like Sherwin Williams Alabaster. Instead, I have two options for you to consider…
1. Sherwin Williams Pure White. This is a soft warm white but not an OVERLY yellow one. Divine White WISHES there was a wink of orange in there – but there isn’t.
2. Get samples of Divine White made 50% lighter and 75% lighter. While undertones can shift, at least you’re working with similar BONES. I GREATLY prefer this way over Pure White (but you do you, boo). Learn more about lightening and darkening colours HERE; it’s a great tool for your colour toolbelt!
Is Divine White a good colour for the exterior of my home?
Divine White is an AWESOME exterior paint colour…for some homes. In particular, Divine White can be friendly with homes that have terra cotta tile (orange-pink-red) roofs. It also loves many of the more traditional Florida or California-style stucco homes (excuse me if this seems funny, I’m Canadian and this is my best way to explain it).
Is Divine White a good paint colour for kitchen cabinets?
YOU BET YOUR BOOTY, JUDY – it sure as heck is! When it comes to homes built in the early 2000s, Divine White is often an excellent choice as it humours a wide variety of granite countertops from the earlier part of this decade.
It’s also super flexible towards beige tiles and countertops, whereas many other popular beige and tan paint colours can sometimes fall a bit flat.
In this next photo, while it’s hard to get a GOOD read on it with the lighting, you at least get the gist of the depth…
Divine White vs other popular paint colours
Comparison is the KEY to choosing the best paint colour for your home. Don’t be afraid to explore other colours to see how undertones, temperatures and LRVs shift. Here are a few colours to compare…
- Sherwin Williams Moderate White
- Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
- Sherwin Williams Natural Linen
- Benjamin Moore Muslin
By the way, if you’re thinking of getting one brand to match another’s paint colour, I DON’T recommend it. Read why HERE.
What type of paint colours go with Divine White?
Divine White is reasonably flexible and enjoys a variety of partners – just like me. JUST JOKING!
- soft muted green-gray hues
- earth-toned greige paint colours with more noticeable green undertones
- subtle blue-gray blends
- make sure that if a colour is COOLER than Divine White it’s also DARKER than it (long story)
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