The Best Chameleon Paint Colour: Benjamin Moore Ballet White
Have you been searching for the perfect paint colour? Scouring Pinterest and countless decorating magazines looking for that one special colour that makes your heart POUND with excitement?
If so, then I’m sure you’ve realized that finding the ONE special colour that looks good ALL the time can be a daunting task – it’s like trying to find the best red wine to go with fish, steak and Cheerios.
So, let me save you some time and stress and introduce you to…
(click on the underlined colour names to view them on the Benjamin Moore website)
What is Ballet White?
- Basically, it’s a dirty cream paint colour
- Ballet White is a light paint colour, but not a typical ‘fresh and bright’ light as its earth-toned foundation keeps it more soft and subtle feeling
- This colour will change throughout the day as your natural lighting changes. On some walls, the creamy/yellow base of it will show up more and on other walls, it will revert to its slightly beige/gray foundation WITHOUT falling flat
Why is it a chameleon colour?
Well really, ALL colours are chameleon colours as they change their look as the natural lighting changes throughout the day. However, while all colours will change, not all of them change for the better. You know, that lovely gray that turned green? Or that beautiful beige that turned pink? Those sneaky colourful undertones will get you every time! And like the others, Ballet White WILL change throughout the day HOWEVER…it always looks good (says me).
This photo shows how the gray can influence the cream
Why does it always look good? Because it always stays neutral. It is easier to like or dislike a ‘colour’ because colours tend to have emotional responses attached to them, whereas neutrals tend to have ‘neutral emotional responses’ attached to them. If you don’t like green then you DON’T LIKE GREEN and it’s an emotion you’ll be feeling. If you hate red, then you HATE RED, again it will be emotional. Now you may not get excited about neutrals, but you probably won’t hate them (another reason why neutral paint colours are so great for Home Staging).
It is easier to like or dislike a ‘colour’ because colours tend to have emotional responses attached to them
What are the undertones of Ballet White?
A ‘typical’ cream colour has a dominant undertone of yellow/orange/red (sometimes a mix). Ballet White has warm and neutral undertones. This means that it has some yellow, brown and gray. The yellow is the slightly dominant colour and the brown and gray are there to neutralize the yellow and stop it from becoming ‘day-glo’ (which many yellows are – I fondly call them ‘punch-in-the-face’ yellows)
This living room above shows how neutral Ballet White can look. However, notice that even though it ‘looks’ neutral, it still has a slightly warm foundation peeking through.
And then notice how it shifts a weee bit more greige in the living room below…
The LRV of Ballet White is 73.68 which means that it’s a relatively light colour that will add light to the room, rather than absorb it. Generally speaking, LRV’s below 50 can absorb light and above 50 they start reflecting light.
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Ballet White is a great choice for an exterior as the intense natural light really makes ALL of the aspects of Ballet White (yellow/cream/beige/gray) recede and it just acts like a light neutral colour with no dominant personality or colour shining through. This works great with colourful shutters, front door and landscaping!
Ballet White on the Exterior
Ballet White brings its a-game on the outside.
See the before and afters here: A Stunning Exterior Makeover – Painted Brick and More
If you’ve read my post re: Picking Exterior Paint Colours, you’ll know that exterior colours tend to come up a bit lighter than you THINK they will. Ballet White proves this point nicely – without looking white or stark.
Comparing a colour to other colours is a fabulous way to find a fave…
Ballet White vs Gentle Cream. Even though Gentle Cream is ALSO a cream with a neutral base, you can see how much more neutral Ballet White is in comparison. Ballet White will come across a bit more fresh, light and significantly more neutral than Gentle Cream.
Colour via Kylie M E-design
Ballet White vs Manchester Tan. Manchester Tan is a popular beige paint colour with a slight greige undertone. Comparing these 2 colours will show you how soft and subtly warm Ballet White is.
A few more things about Ballet White…
- If you are looking for a slightly warm greige paint colour, Ballet White might have TOO much yellow in it. It is far more cream than it is greige
- If you are looking for a cream colour and don’t like grayish tones Ballet White will probably be too neutral feeling for you
- Northern light can slightly enhance the gray undertones of Ballet White
- Direct natural light may wash Ballet White out slightly
- Ballet White is a great ‘whole home’ colour as it is light enough for hallways and interesting enough for larger rooms
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