BENJAMIN MOORE SWISS COFFEE – is it all it’s cracked up to be?
If you’re a fan of Studio McGee and love white cabinets, walls or trim, you’ve probably come across Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. And Shea McGee’s BEAUTIFUL home might have you thinking that Swiss Coffee is the colour for YOU – and it might be. But before you start slapping paint on your walls, we need to have a little chat (insert wine here).
NOT Swiss Coffee. This is Sherwin William’s Alabaster
Let me preface this by saying that Swiss Coffee IS a beautiful paint colour and I’ve seen it look stunning in many homes. So, if you currently have it and it’s working – AWESOME POSSUM (in other words, don’t shoot the messenger).
HOWEVER, there’s a ‘but’. It’s actually such a HUGE ‘but’ that you’ll think it’s been surgically enhanced to be a badonkadonk big enough to make the Kardashian’s jealous. BUT before we talk about that…
THE TOP FOUR SHADES OF WARM WHITE
In the SOFT white world, there are four popular shades – Sherwin Williams Pure White, Sherwin Williams Alabaster, Benjamin Moore White Dove and Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. All have their place (just so you know, Swiss Coffee isn’t popular in MY world – it doesn’t even make my TOP 10, but it is in others).
NOT Swiss Coffee. This is Benjamin Moore White Dove
BUT (here it is, and it’s JUICY) if there’s ONE of these white paint colours that’s slightly more likely to flash GREEN, which one do you think it is?
BENJAMIN MOORE SWISS FREAKIN’ COFFEE
That’s right – green. Is it subtle? YES, very. Can this undertone work for some homes? YES. Will you see it in YOUR home? Maybe not. But for MOST people, GREEN isn’t the undertone they’re looking for when choosing a soft warm shade of white for their walls, cabinets or trim.
SWISS COFFEE?! Nope. This is Sherwin Williams Pure White
And do you know which white is SO SIMILAR TO SWISS COFFEE THAT IT’S CRAZY? Benjamin Moore White Dove.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE DOVE & SWISS COFFEE?
White Dove is MUCH more predictable than Swiss Coffee and NOT inclined towards green. So if I’m looking for a soft warm white, which one do you think I’ll choose 99.9% of the time? White Dove.
White Dove is also a bit WHITER and BRIGHTER than Swiss Coffee, making it a bit more flexible. You might have seen that Shea lightened Swiss Coffee by 25%, which would brighten it – maybe even a WINK lighter than White Dove. Would this affect the way the undertones read? Possibly. I’ll ask Shea next time we chat (wink wink).
Benjamin Moore White Dove
One of the ONLY reasons I suggest Swiss Coffee to my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients is when it already EXISTS in the home and it makes sense to continue with it. This is ALSO why I don’t have images of Swiss Coffee to show you and have shared my FAVE, more FLEXIBLE shades of white instead.
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