The Best Off-White Beige: Moderate White
While beige has had a bad rap for the last 10 years, it’s comin’ BACK baby. I mean, maybe not TOMORROW, but in the next few years, we’ll be seeing a shift from the cool end of things into the warmer end with colours like Benjamin Moore Maritime White, Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White and, of course, Moderate White. So today, we’re going to take a closer look at Moderate White to see what it’s all about…
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!
What type of paint colour is Moderate White? Is it beige or cream?
Because of its placement in the fan deck, many think that Moderate White is a cream paint colour, but it’s not. Cream paint colours focus on a YELLOW undertone, whereas beige paint colours focus on an ORANGE undertone. This undertone is what makes Moderate White a beige. However, an orange undertone isn’t ALL that Moderate White has to offer.
What’s the LRV of Moderate White?
The LRV of Moderate White is 74, making it an off-white. However, it doesn’t go very FAR into the off-white range as it has a bit more depth than average.
With an LRV of 74, Moderate White WILL wash out in a bright room, but as will any colour with a moderately high LRV (ie. 55 or higher) – nature of the beast! And while some off-whites can fall a bit dingy or dirty looking in a darker room, because Moderate White has a BIT more chroma (colour) to it, it can handle low light a bit better than some others.
While I realize this next photo is no screamin’ glory, it’s a great example of how Moderate White can be a GREAT choice with outdated beige tile. Remember, I rely 100% on my E-design client’s photos, so I’m grateful to see these colours in action no matter what!
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Moderate White?
Moderate White centers on an orange undertone. But not ALL oranges are created equal – some can lean orange-yellow, others, orange-pink. Moderate White is great as it’s quite flexible towards BOTH; one of the many reasons why I LOVE IT.
If you’re sensitive to orange undertones, Moderate White might make you a wee bit twitchy. HOWEVER, it’s important to remember that it’s not ALL about you. Regardless of whether it’s mad love or not, Moderate White is often an AWESOME choice for homes built in the 1990s and early 2000s as it suits many of the tiles and countertops from these eras.
Which paint colour is similar to Moderate White?
When it comes to choosing the best paint colour for your home, it’s SO important to COMPARE. It’s via comparison that you see shifts in undertones, LRVs and temperatures! And just because you’re focusing on one colour, doesn’t mean there isn’t one that’s even BETTER (the same can be said about husbands – wink wink).
Moderate White with beige tiles with a painted wood vanity
- Benjamin Moore Maritime White
- Sherwin Williams Divine White (which comes off just a TOUCH more colourful)
- Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
What’s the best way to sample Moderate White?
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
What’s the best white trim colour to go with Moderate White walls?
Moderate White is a FUSSY one. Most warm whites have a yellow undertone, and this yellow can clash with the orange of Moderate White. For this reason, I usually recommend the following:
1. Keep things simple and go for a white like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
2. Ask the paint store to lighten Moderate White by 50% and 75% – make sure you still like the undertones/general look as it can shift
Which paint colours go with Moderate White?
- Moderate White is okay with most grays that have a lower LRV than it (but no icy cold grays)
- Moderate White likes other warm colours with the SAME undertone profile (orange-pink)
- Moderate White looks beautiful with most neutrals with green undertones as well as blue-green blends
Is Moderate White a good colour for the exterior of my home?
Moderate White can be an excellent exterior colour, especially for those in the states with terra cotta tile-style roofs and warm stone driveways. However, in grayer climates, many find Moderate White to be a bit too washed-out for the main body of their home (particularly south-facing homes). However, it can be an excellent exterior trim colour, so long as the undertones suit your stone, brick and roof.
While this next home and its stone driveway can HANDLE more pink, not everyone is as inclined. Moderate White is a great happy medium with its subtle warmth…
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