The Right White for an Art Collection

The Right White for an Art Collection

Mark Chamberlain
Oct 19, 2010

I recently completed a project for a client with an art collection, and what was requested was the purest snow white—not warm, not cool, no hint of color. And this got me thinking about an old argument and the origins of the all-white room.

This is a bit of an addendum to my Right White piece a few weeks ago. In that post, we chose Farrow&Ball All-White 2005. It's bright, completely neutral, with only "white pigments and no modern brighteners." Today's project was similar — same question, different solution.

I was called in because the extant white was too cold and bright. What we alighted upon in this instance was Benjamin Moore Floral White OC-29. It warmed these rooms up, was friendly with both wood and chrome, and just when I thought it started to run yellow in one corner, it ran grey in another. Look closely where the walls meet the ceiling and you'll see what I mean.

Next week, we'll be more daring and go the opposite direction.

• Benjamin Moore Floral White OC-29.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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