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WHITE PAINT COLOURS: Walls, Cabinets & Trim – Do They Need to Match?

Posted on October 17, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

ASK KYLIE: Do all of my surfaces need to be the SAME white paint colour?

When it comes to paint and wine, whites are DEFINITELY the hardest to pick. Does this chardonnay go with my sofa, which white paint colour best suits a steak dinner? While I can’t answer these particular questions (and am personally not that fussy, I’ll drink wine with Kraft Dinner), I can answer almost ANY question regarding the best white paint colours for you and your home!

Do trim, cabinets, walls be same white. Entryway foyer, white oak flooring, gray blue painted front door. Benjamin Moore Super White. Kylie M Edesign (2)

And hands-down, the most COMMON question I get asked on my Instagram feed and Youtube channel is…

Do my walls, trim and cabinets need to be the SAME WHITE paint colour?’

The short answer is YES, the long answer is a bit more complicated. The thing is, not all whites are created equal – they have undertones. This means that one white can potentially make another look dirty, yellow, pink, blue, etc… in COMPARISON to another. However, you’ll have a bit of flexibility depending on which TYPE of white you plan on using or currently have on one of your surfaces. But the question is, do you REEEEAAALLLY want flexibility or do you just want to humour the crazy lil Ginger, make your paint pickin’ life MUCH EASIER, and use the same white on everything?

Sherwin Williams Alabaster, best warm white paint colour. Open layout kitchen, living room, dining, kitchen, dark black granite countertop. Kylie M Int

Oh, you are a GLUTTON for punishment…I like that about you.

First, let’s make a list of what this general topic covers:

1. If you have WHITE CABINETS and want to paint your trim and/or walls white as well

2. You have WHITE TRIM and want to paint your cabinets and/or walls white as well

3. You’re starting from scratch and want to use TWO or more whites in your room

4. If you have WHITE CABINETS & TRIM (and I pray they match each other) and you want to paint your walls white as well

Long story short, if you plan on using white on MORE THAN ONE SURFACE in your room, this info applies.

Staircase, white spindles, wood stairs, best white paint colour, Sherwin Williams Pure White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

But before we start (seriously, I don’t stop talking in real life either, this stuff LIGHTS ME UP LIKE A FIRECRACKER!), I have one more important point to make…

Regardless of what you read below, if you decide to mix and match whites, your BEST chance will be to use a TRUE WHITE on trim/cabinets and a white with a lower LRV on the walls – don’t do it the other way around unless you’re a hardcore pro, and even then…don’t do it. 

BTW, you might expect to see some amazing photos of mix & match whites in this blog post – tough luck, Chuck. Because I ONLY refer to my Online Paint Colour Consulting client’s homes and RARELY recommend mixing and matching whites, you won’t be seeing any glorious combinations. Instead, you’ll see examples of each TYPE of white being used to its best advantage on a whole range of surfaces.

IF YOU HAVE ‘TRUE OR PURE WHITE’ TRIM OR CABINETS

If you have TRUE white trim or cabinets (ie. Sherwin Williams High Reflective White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace) it will be easy to paint your walls a different type of white if you’re so inclined (learn about the 5 TYPES OF WHITE).

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray in dining room with rustic wood table and built-in white bench with drawers and cushions. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint colour consulting blog

TRIM & BENCH: Sherwin Williams High Reflective White WALLS: Stonington Gray

WHY?

As mentioned earlier, white paint colours have undertones…except for TRUE WHITES.  Because true whites don’t have undertones (or at least nothing obvious to reckon with), it’s easier to embrace bright or soft whites without worrying about clashing undertones. But don’t just assume the white you currently have on your cabinets, trims or walls is actually WHITE. Go to your local paint store and grab that brand’s WHITEST WHITE and bring it home to compare to your white – you might be pleasantly (or NOT so pleasantly surprised) at what you see!

If it turns out you DO have a TRUE white on an existing surface, should you want to choose a different white for another surface in your room, it would need to be a SOFT white or bright white (as explained in the 5 types of white).

Primary bedroom, Sherwin Williams High Reflective White board and batten, Stonington Gray hallway. barn door, chandelier. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas

WALLS, CEILING, TRIM: Sherwin Williams High Reflective White GRAY WALLS: Stonington Gray

WHY?

Well, you don’t want to paint your finishes two different TRUE whites, it doesn’t make sense (you may as well use the same white, silly). Instead, you’ll choose a bright or soft white that suits the finishes in your room. Just remember, in partnering bright or soft whites with a TRUE white, the true white will EXPOSE your other white’s undertones. Oftentimes, ‘white’ only LOOKS white until you compare it to a TRUE white.

Kitchen with painted cabinets, marble subway tile backsplash, OAK FLOOR, Sherwin Williams white cabinets, LG quartz countertop, . Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

SUMMARY OF TRUE WHITES

If you have a current surface that’s a TRUE WHITE, it’s best to paint your walls the same white for consistency and flow. HOWEVER, if you’re okay with seeing the undertones of a particular white, then you can choose a bright or soft white for your walls – just make sure its LRV is lower than your current white and the undertones suit your room and its finishes!

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IF YOU HAVE COOL WHITE TRIM OR CABINETS

If you have COOL white trim or cabinets (ie. Sherwin Williams Extra White or Benjamin Moore Decorators White) I would HIGHLY SUGGEST using the same white on your soon-to-be-painted surface.

Same white on trim, ceilings, walls, cabinets. Foyer with Benjamin Moore Super White and Sherwin Gris painted front door, white oak flooring. Kylie M Interiors diy decorating ideas and edesign

Benjamin Moore Super White

WHY?

If you use a TRUE white, your trim or cabinets could look more icy cold and MAYBE even a wink blue or violet in comparison.

If you use a WARM white or BRIGHT white, your trim or cabinets are even more likely to look that bit more colourful and your warm white could look YELLOW in comparison. Opposites attract and make each other stronger.

Bathroom walk in shower. Marble floor and walls in tile. Benjamin Moore Decorators White, best white paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy decorating and design advice blog

SUMMARY OF COOL WHITES

If you have trim, cabinets or walls that are painted a cool white, choosing a different white is a risky business. I recommend painting the SAME white and letting the shift in sheen do the work for you, rather than messing around with undertones.

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IF YOU HAVE WARM WHITE TRIM OR CABINETS

If you have cabinets or trim that are currently a WARM WHITE (ie. Sherwin Williams Pure White, Alabaster or Benjamin Moore White Dove, Cloud White) and you don’t plan on changing them and REALLY want white walls, GUESS what you’re choosing? WARM WHITE BABY!

North-facing light, walls, trim, cabinets, doors in Benjamin Moore Cloud White, matching or the same. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Cloud White (north-facing light)

WHY?

Well, just as with cool whites, if you partner BRIGHT, COOL OR TRUE white walls with warm white trim or cabinets, the new white will make your warm white look that bit…more…creamy. I’ve found that MOST people with warm white trim or cabinets don’t want to enhance them and would rather calm ’em down and blend ’em in. Hands-down, the best way to blend them in is to literally…blend them in.

For example, take a look at this lovely kitchen below. For all intents and purposes, you could say this kitchen is ‘white’ and quite lovely at that…

Benjamin Moore Cloud White, do you need same white matching on cabinets, ceiling and trim, kitchen with warm white. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

You’re looking at Benjamin Moore Cloud White, which is a soft warm white with an LRV of 87. To look at this photo you might see the casual warmth of Cloud White without being overwhelmed by the yellow undertone. HOWEVER, take a look at this same room with one wee adjustment…

South facing room Benjamin Moore Cloud White, unpainted back doors. Edesign example

How does it look NOW? Cloud White doesn’t look as warm as it can when there’s no obvious WHITER white to compare it to. However, adding a TRUE or COOL white (two back doors) to the picture can totally change your perception of Cloud White re: its visual temperature! Remember, the degree of yellow/warmth hasn’t changed from photo to photo, but it appears ENHANCED by the comparison with true white.

(My E-design client hired me to choose colours for her two back doors. I just filled in the doors via computer in the first example and am eagerly awaiting her REAL after photos!)

HOWEVER…

While I wouldn’t partner WARM and COOL whites together, nor would I pair a TRUE white and WARM white unless the TRUE white were on cabinets/trim, there are a few warm white combinations that are doable AS LONG AS your trim/cabinets should be a lighter white than your walls. This means the cabinets and trim should have a higher LRV than the walls.

But remember, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD…

(which is my passive-aggressive way of saying I STILL recommend doing the same white on ALL surfaces)

SUMMARY OF WARM WHITES

If you partner COOL white walls with WARM white trim or cabinets, you’ll have yellow trim/cabinets and blue walls – CONGRATS! If you have warm white trim/cabinets and paint your walls a bright or true white, again, you’ll be ENHANCING the colour of your trim and cabinets, rather than complementing it.

IF YOU HAVE CREAM CABINETS OR TRIM & DESPERATELY WANT WHITE WALLS

This blog post can be heart-wrenching for those who have considerably warm white or cream cabinets/trim (ie. Sherwin Williams Dover White, Antique White, Creamy or Benjamin Moore Navajo White)  and DESPERATELY want to add some REAL white to their room. Just because you WANT white, doesn’t mean your HOME does. If this is you, insert wine and funnel ‘here’ or at least read the info below first.

You can’t get ‘cream’ or a creamy white without yellow, which means your cabinets have a yellow hue to them. And this yellow MIGHT look subdued right now, especially if your cabinets and trim are painted the same colour (they help to blend each other). HOWEVER, what happens if you partner your warm-toned cabinets and trim with cleaner, brighter white walls? Your previously subtle (or not) creamy cabinets/trim will look MORE YELLOW as they’ll have a whiter white to be directly COMPARED to.

can cream kitchen cabinets work with white walls or trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign diy update ideas

In the above photo, these cabinets COULD look more subtle if a) the trim were the same colour, and, b) the walls were painted a more suitable colour. HOWEVER, between the paint colour on the walls and the white trim, the warmth of the cabinets is much more obvious ‘IN COMPARISON’. And heck, the above cabinets aren’t even overly creamy!

Comparison shows the difference between colours, so if you WANT to exploit your cream cabinets, fill yer lil yellow-hued boots. But just remember, depending on which warm white/cream you currently have, a brighter white won’t just make it look more yellow, it could also make it look dirtier in comparison – wooooof.

In this next example, while I can appreciate why the homeowner wants to avoid painting their trim the same cream as the cabinets (Sherwin Williams Antique White), by AVOIDING THE CREAM, they’ve actually created a hot creamy mess, which isn’t doing their home or our eyeballs ANY favours…

Paint colours and ideas to go with or update cabinets painted Sherwin Williams Antique White

However, the above situation isn’t as clear as it seems. Sure, it’s easy to say ‘they should just paint the cabinets the same colour as the trim‘, but the thing is, the TRIM isn’t the best colour for the granite countertop and travertine tile backsplash. Sometimes the foundation of a room just isn’t solid enough to make the right move forward, or at least not in the direction a homeowner wants to go. Sometimes, it’s best to save your money until you can make larger-scale changes.

DECORATE FOR THE ROOM YOU HAVE, NOT THE ROOM YOU WISH YOU HAD

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I know these might not be the answers you want, but the answers you want could have you ending up with a butt-ugly room. You came here for my honest advice, wit and charming personality…riiiight? Sometimes the answers you don’t want to hear are the best solutions for your HOME until you’re ready to make larger-scale changes OR adjust your preferences/expectations.

1.  If you’re keeping your cream cabinets, I highly advise having cream trim. From there, choose paint colours that suit your cabinets and trim. Depending on which cream you’re dealing with, this means you aren’t likely painting your walls gray – even greige or taupe will be a stretch. Realistically, you’re looking at the WARMER end of things – cream, beige or tan. If you can’t handle these, then it might be time to paint those cabinets or accept that your cabinets/trim and walls just might clash, but at least you’ll love your wall colour (gag me with a spoon, but I forgive you).

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In this next photo, because the trim and mantel are a soft white/light cream, the owners were best off choosing a NON-WHITE for their walls and it looks beautiful! Even if they’d WANTED white walls, it wouldn’t have looked good.

Living room, dark wood flooring, cream trim, fireplace. Best greige warm neutral paint color, Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. Kylie M Ed-design Online paint consultant

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, creamy trim, dark wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors, best neutral greige or taupe color. E-design, decorating and design blogger advice

2. If you’re keeping your cream cabinets and come heck or high water are painting your trim white, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Just keep in mind that even though your new white trim will likely be quite friendly to a whole range of colours, your cream cabinets still run a very tight ship.

3. If you’re keeping your cream cabinets and want brighter white walls, we’re no longer friends, unless we both suddenly fall in love with yellow, potentially dingy-looking cabinets.

Nuff said.

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  1. I’m curious how this advice applies to the ceiling color. In the last set of photos with the light cream mantel and walls, the ceiling seems very white in comparison. Wouldn’t it look better if the ceiling was the same color as the walls, or is it the same color, and it just looks whiter because it’s on the ceiling?

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      Well, it’s ALWAYS a tough one. 95% of the time I like the ceilings to be the same as the trim for consistency. BUT, in this project, the client already had the trim painted the creamy colour and the white ceiling and wasn’t willing to repaint them. I do agree that the ceiling is much whiter (a bit too white) for the trim and in the ideal world I would’ve loved to see them BOTH painted the same white – something like SW Pure White :).

      1. This article has been so helpful thank you!! Before researching paint colors for our new home I never realized how nuanced choosing the right white paint can be. I’m also wondering about ceiling colors. I love the color SW Pure White does it work to do trim, walls, and ceiling the same pure white? I read your article on Pure White which was also informative but I didn’t see anything mentioned about ceilings.

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          1. I don’t like to be the “what if” girl, but what would you recommend if my ceiling was planked cedar? It’s what we love most about the house and it’s in its natural state in EVERY room in the house, but with oak floors (already consuming your advice on what woods go together), I am be very thoughtful about cabinets, trim, and walls. Cheers. Your blog is the new bright spot in my new year remodeling adventure.

  2. Thank you so much for all your helpful articles! We are doing a whole house remodel and have chosen pure white for all of the trim and doors. We are doing new white kitchen cabinets but are concerned that pure white will be a bit too stark for our tastes. We like Alabaster on cabinets but not on trim. My question is- is it a good idea to try to darken pure white by 25-50% to warm it up a bit just on the cabinets?

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      Well, it can be risky as things can change as you lighten/darken colours. It would make me nervous that the cabinets could potentially be a bit warmer/more yellow than the walls and more like a mismatch – get some samples done in the paint FINISH you’ll be using before you jump in feet first 🙂

  3. Hi! We’re painting our master bedroom soon. I want to do a black accent wall (either Benjamin Moore blacktop or black jack) with the rest of the walls white, and I’m thinking BM Chantilly lace for the walls. Should we also do the trim in Chantilly lace, or what white would you use for the trim? And would you use a different or the same finish for the white walls and trim? The rest of the room is all cool tones- light silvery-gray carpet, medium gray tweed upholstered bed.

    Thanks!

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      Hi Samantha, I would definitely stick to using the same white on any surface you want painted white! You’d then do matte or eggshell walls with satin or semi-gloss trim. 😉

      1. Hi,

        Thanks for your reply! The room is being painted today, we are definitely doing Chantilly Lace for the walls in matte, and semi-gloss for the trim and doors. The accent wall will be Black Jack in matte. I was torn on the black color as well, but I think the Black Jack will look nice.

        Thanks! 😀

  4. We plan to paint our walls maritime white and our trim is already pure white, so I planned to paint the ceiling pure white as well. Does this sound like a good combination or would a warmer trim and ceiling color suit maritime better, like white dove? Loving all your tips!

  5. Thanks for the article! We are in the middle of a new build and have already painted ceilings and walls SW Alabaster. We had planned on painting trim and doors in SW Alabaster, but in a semi-gloss finish to make it seem lighter. We got our cabinets in and they are more of a truer white. The tones don’t seem to “fight”, so not realizing this was a big deal, we have already ordered countertops that compliment the white of the cabinets. Repainting the entire house is not an option. So, would it be better to repaint the cabinets in SW Alabaster which would be an extra cost in money and time and risk not complimenting the countertops or paint the trim and doors to match the cabinets which would then make my ceiling and walls look creamy?

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      1. Hi Kylie,
        I currently have Chantilly lace ceilings, and White Dove walls. Trying to decide on trim color. Which would you recommend I stick with for trim? Thanks, Jesse

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          Well, it depends. If you do Chantilly Lace trim, it will make the White Dove walls look creamier and warmer in comparison (whereas the ceiling won’t have QUITE the same effect as they aren’t on the same vertical sight line. White Dove trim will be a softer transition and reduce this a bit for sure.

  6. Just the article I was looking for!! Would snowbound for trim, cabinets and ceiling go with incredible white wall?

  7. Hi Kylie. My trim, doors and cabinets are going to be alablaster and I was wanting pale oak or classic grey for the walls but worried it will pull out yellow in alablaster and pink/purple undertones in the wall colors. Would it be better to do something with a lower LRV like agreeable grey or gossamer veil?

  8. Hi Kylie. Great article. The more I read, the more I realized I need to learn about paint colors! We just bought a house that has White Dove walls with Simply White trim. The cabinets are an old 1995 oak. We are going to modernize the kitchen affordably by painting the kitchen cabinets. Since White Dove is a warm white, I feel like that would look too warm on the kitchen cabinets and that the Simply White is more appropriate. Does that correctly follow your guidance regarding avoiding creamier darker colors on cabinets when trim is lighter?

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      1. Appreciate the response! I will definitely be reading more of your articles as I do more home improvement projects. Thank you!

  9. Kylie,
    Your articles are fantastic and very helpful. We are also in the middle of a new build and have simply white shiplap and trim throughout. However in the master bath we have chantily lace cabinets to coordinate a bet better with the cooler white subway tile shower, white quartz countertop and white tub. Should changing the walls and trim paint in the bathroom to chantily lace be a no no because the rest of the house is simply white?

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      It’s TOTALLY okay. While I do love consistency, it’s always best to do what ‘suits the room itself’ first – you’re all good!

  10. Kylie ,
    We are doing a complete remodel. I want to paint kitchen cabinets SW Pure White as well
    as trim , walls , and ceilings using different sheens for depth as recommended . However, in the living room we have a plank ceiling with crown molding . If the trim is satin what sheen should the white plank ceiling be? I appreciate your help.

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      Hi Sandy, satin is about as shiny as I would do on a ceiling, but I could easily be talked into eggshell. Ceilings can be a tough spot to have a lot of sheen on.

  11. Hi Kylie, thank you for being a paint expert! 🙂 Our walls are currently SW Ivory Lace and our trim is more of a true white, and we are about to remodel the kitchen. Would you suggest painting the cabinets Ivory Lace as well, but in a satin finish vs eggshell? Or trying to match the trim (not sure exactly what it is?) We will also be adding white quartz countertops and a white backsplash, so I’m hoping to coordinate all of them without looking quirky! Thank you!

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      Hi Sarah, I WOULDN’T do Ivory Lace on the cabinets. I would try to match the trim as much as you can, and make sure the whites between the trim/cabinets/quartz/backsplash all more or less blend :).

  12. In the last set of photos with the light cream mantel, can you tell me the wall color that was used? I love your article and desperately needed the lesson you taught in mixing colors. I have now avoided a huge mistake and changed my way of thinking.
    Sincere Thanks!!!

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  13. Hey Kylie,
    Thanks so much for the info! It’s incredibly helpful. Our current home has SW Creamy cabinets, trim and doors. I want to lighten up and paint the walls cream as well. I’d planned on doing Creamy walls to make sure the whites don’t clash, but my painter just told me he only uses Benjamin Moore and doesn’t like to match paint across brands. Help! I’ve sampled White Dove, Swiss Coffee and Vapor. So far, Swiss Coffee is the front runner. Would this be okay? Their LRV’s are a touch different but not by much. I’m am honestly losing sleep. I don’t want our cabinets and trim to look dirty or dingy in comparison. Thank you for your help!!

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      Wellllllll, to be honest, when I have a painter do that, I insist on using the paint brand I like or find another painter. I know, they can be hard to get, but there’s NO reason for a painter not to use SW paint. I have both in my home and they’re great, although the contractor-grade in BOTH is pretty bad. Often a painter is just familiar with a line and its consistency and often haven’t tried another brand or tried a low-end version of another brand (ie. contractor grade). OR…just go out and buy the paint yourself, ask them to colour match it and have them dry two coats on a swatch for you in-store. If the painter gets a discount, explain your situation and ask for the discount. Compare their colour match and make sure it’s as CLOSE as possible. Doing it this way will be closer than trying to find a comparable in BM :).

  14. Kylie, you are a true color expert. Never read anything this thorough on mixing white! And I’ve read a lot! It can get super tricky unless you’re a pro.
    In that case, if I was to dream about an all Alabaster white bedroom, can I skip the whole white trim/door thing and go a with a super soft grey, green or taupe? I’d love to do that but Alabaster is tricky. Can you recommend?

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      You definitely can, keeping in mind that Alabaster can look that bit MORE yellow up against gray/greige/taupe trim. I might look at something like…hmmm…BM Coventry Gray, maybe SW Amazing Gray – just a few to get you started :).

  15. Hi! Your article was a godsend! I have “creamy” cabinets which I love. And I was going to paint the walls and trim to match. Would the ceiling be to much? Or a lighter shade of creamy? I also have blue slate tile floors, which I don’t love but I don’t want to change just yet.

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      Hi Jennifer, awesome! How about getting a sample pot of Creamy made 50% lighter, see how that looks? Maybe even 75%? You’ll also want to know that all Creamy WILL look that much more yellow against the blue slate :).

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      Nope, I sure wouldn’t. I would stick with White Dove on the walls too, unless you want your cabinets to look that bit more yellow/creamy than the walls. 🙂

  16. I recently discovered your blog and I have learned so much! Unfortunately I didn’t find you sooner…I’m in the middle of having our house painted before we move in, and I am so discouraged. The walls will be Behr Sandy Clay, and we are struggling to find a trim that won’t look “too white” that will also provide the right amount of contrast. Behr doesn’t have LVR printed on their paint chip cards so I can’t use your “at least 20+ between walls and trim” rule. Would it be better to just paint the trim/doors the same as the walls??! The trim isn’t necessarily anything interesting to look at, just your basic strip. Cabinets are oak and I’m dreaming of eventually painting them a dark or bright olive green, but for time and budget constraints, that’s not happening anytime soon. Floor is travertine with dark grout.

  17. I am remodeling our house and we have decided to do BM white dove paint for walls, ceilings, and trim. As far as our kitchen cabinets go, should we stick with white dove as well? And if so, what finish do you recommend?

  18. Kylie your blog is so helpful! We just had white dove cabinets installed in our kitchen (thanks to all your information for helping me pick the color!). The kitchen now opens up into the dining room (not 100% open concept) where we had board and batten style wainscoting installed in the dining room and down the hallway. We currently have chantilly lace ceiling and trim in the dining room/hallway which I LOVE. My question is can we stick with that and have the board and batten wainscoting painted chantilly as well? Walls are currently classic gray so we have to decide if we are keeping that or changing it. Or do we need to have the dining room wainscoting and trim painted white dove? I just worry if we do white dove we are changing the whole feel of the house and where does white dove end then. I have been agonizing over this decision and clearly I have no idea what to do. I appreciate any advice! Thank you!

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      Hi Jenna! If the rooms that have the Chantilly Lace trim/ceilings also have the board and batten/wainscoting, I 100% SUGGEST sticking with Chantilly on the wainscoting/board and batten too. I wouldn’t mix whites in the same room on trim-style surfaces! Now, this all COULD make White Dove look that much warmer in comparison, but short of painting your trim/ceilings in White Dove, this might just be what it has to be!

  19. Hi Kylie! I’m in the midst of a remodel and I’m working with an open floor plan and the kitchen cabinets are the manufacturers stock white which they’ve indicated is close to Behr’s “frothy surf”. I have asked the painter to color match the cabinets for the trim and the ceilings since the cabinets go to the ceiling. However, for the walls I wanted to do SW “pure white”. Am I following your advice correctly or should I do my trim in SW pure white as well but in a satin finish since walls are matte?

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