On White Paints


White can be complicated when it comes to painting your home. That's why we jump at the chance to see any photographs with their paint colors identified. Even though a photo isn't perfect, it can give you a general sense of white paints relative to one another...

These are two such photos from Canadian women's magazine Chatelaine.

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Creamy White, above:
walls: Muslin OC-12
trim: White Chocolate OC-127
ceiling: Cloud White CC-40, all Benjamin Moore

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Cool and Crisp, above:
walls: Soft Lace W-B-110
trim: White 1852, Nude W-F-210, Silver Leaf W-F-720 & Oat Straw 740C-3, All BEHR Premium Plus Colours

Chatelaine also offers up some categories and white paints that fall within them:
Pure (No visible tints): Behr Ultra Pure White(1850), Benjamin Moore Ultra White(CC-10), Para White(P1881-0)
Red (Flushed and warm. May look pinkish or even peachy, especially if yellow has also been added.): Ralph Lauren Petticoat White(WW06), Behr Billowy Clouds(W-B-100), Para Antique Linen(P1827-4)
Yellow (Creamy and warm. Some might have a touch of spring green, which is evidence of a blue tint.): Farrow & Ball Pointing(2003), Para Bleach Bone(P1883-4), Benjamin Moore Flurry(CC-100)
Blue (Cool, with touches of grey, blue or even a bit of turquoise [if yellow has been added, too] or purple [if there's any red in there]): Sico Beluga Whale(6209-11), Ralph Lauren Cape Blanco(SS13), Para Spirit White(P1883-4)

Read more on the nuances of white paints in Chatelaine's article The Right White.


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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.