The Right White Paint Colors

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    I was beyond excited to see that Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is Simply White. Growing up, I always wondered why my mom painted the dining room, living room and kitchen different shades of “white”. At the time it didn’t make sense and when I moved out into my first college home, I quickly painted the walls a shade of beachy green. I quickly tired of it, but fortunately, I also quickly moved. That trend continued until 8 years ago when we moved into a home in Kansas and I painted the walls a soft burnt orange and quickly repainted them. While I loved the color, I preferred living in a home that feels bright, warm and calm. I reflected back on the house I grew up in and looked at it in an entirely different light. It was us, our friends and family that were the color in my childhood home. WE were the personality, WE were what made the home interesting and a neutral palette gave us the opportunity to relax and shine. White paint colors can feel warm, intimate and easily transition as both you and the seasons do. These are my favorite white paint colors that feel warm and welcoming…

    The right white paint colors

    via Architectural Digest {great interview on how they selected white for 2016}.

    White Paint Colors - the best white paint colors for a warm, neutral home

    I haven’t tested Simply White yet, but from the photos shared, it appears to be dreamy! When we painted the interior of our house, we almost went with Navajo White for the main level. Instead we opted for Zurich White, which I love, but we plan to give the kitchen and sunroom creamier undertones with Navajo White after we renovate. Zurich, however is perfect for our living room, family room, office and entry. It works well with our traditional grey rug. You can see how we used these colors in our home here and here.

    Congratulations to Benjamin Moore for being bold enough to select white in a world where bold is more notable. Do you love white paint colors and have any favorites?

    You can find my complimentary paint color chart here to keep them all organized!

    organize the paint colors in your home with this free printable paint color spreadsheet

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