My 3 Fave Whites and Off-Whites for Painting Cabinets
Via my E-design, I hear a lot of, ‘I want white but I don’t know what white to choose, can you help?’ Unfortunately, not every Benjamin Moore will do an ‘off-the-shelf’ white – ie: shake it and take it, so you have to ‘choose’ a white…and that’s where things get ugly.
Warm whites, cool whites, dirty whites, pink, blue, green – you name a colour, white’s got it! So, I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my faves for you to check out that should be white up your alley.
P.S. The best way to pick your colour is to pick up ALL of these colour chips and compare them to each other. This will really help you to narrow down the undertones and decide which one best suits you and your home.
White. Just White.
Oh, you want WHITE do you?
- BM Chantilly Lace. This is the popular one with designers. Personally, I find it a stitch too icy and while it does act ‘white’, there are other ways to do it without the icy edge, such as…
- BM Super White. This is just a touch softer while doing the same thing – looking like white
See more of this kitchen here: A Contemporary New Home
Both of these whites will give you a pretty darned white look, but remember, your home has to be able to visually support a ‘super white’ kitchen. Many of my E-design clients find traditional whites just a bit too icy/cold for their space and need to soften things up a bit.
Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Definitely the most popular off-white. Cloud White looks like a ‘real white’ UNTIL you place it next to a ‘real white’ (like paper or my butt cheeks – hehe, I know my Mom will want me to take that line out…I am so classy sometimes).
Cloud White has a subtle yellow undertone with a grounded neutral base which makes it not as stark as a traditional white. However, if you already have ‘white’ trim or windows, you will notice the difference.
See more Cloud White here: A Maple Kitchen Makeover with Cloud White
Cloud White is also a great ‘transition’ colour when you are slowly working your way around your home to update your original white trim work and doors. You will notice the difference, but it’s subtle and as long as you paint everything out over time you’ll be all good.
While I don’t have photos of it yet in my portfolio, I’m a HUGE fan of BM White Dove as well. It has warmth, but LESS warmth than Cloud White.
Benjamin Moore White Down OC 131
White Down is one of the softer options shown on this page as it has a more creamy vibe.
See more White Down here: E-Design, A Maple Kitchen Makeover
While some whites and off-whites will give a ‘fresh and bright’ look, White Down is fresh and bright but with a soft creamy, neutral undercurrent.
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