A Whiter Shade of Pale

Whether in warm or cool tones, white paint is the easiest way to give your home a fresh facelift. My husband and I just completed our painting project with warm tones of white, cream and pale sage. The palette we chose literally envelops our home with warmth and charm. It is certainly worthwhile to invest in a paint with rich pigmentation and excellent coverage. Be sure to obtain swatches and testers prior to committing to a color.

Slipper & Satin {by Farrow & Ball}

White kitchens may be classic, but there’s no reason they have to be dull. As this kitchen painted in three classic Farrow & Ball whites shows, choosing a suite of white tints rather than just one makes all the difference. Here, the walls are done in Slipper Satin (No. 2004), while cabinets are Pointing (No. 2003), with the skirting boards painted in Lime White (No. 1).

Cottage White {by Behr}

Cottage White (1813) from Behr is soft and creamy with just a hint of yellow, casting a warm glow over the space. It’s particularly lovely in a bedroom, where its soft undertones bring out the beauty of classic white linens.

Calming Cream {by Benjamin Moore}

With a coat of white, even the most traditional forms can be transformed into something new. This formal wainscot paneling, achieved entirely with paint instead of wood or plaster moulding, doesn’t just nod at history; it winks. Shown here are Calming Cream {OC-105}, Gray Mist {OC-30} and Simply White {OC-117}.

Picket Fence {by Martha Stewart}

Martha Stewart is justly admired for her wonderful colour sense, and it’s no surprise that her whites are some of the loveliest. They’re also designed to coordinate with other Martha Stewart collections, such as her furniture and drapery fabrics. This picture features classic wainscoting painted in Picket Fence, a pure, ever-so-slightly warmed-up white.

Wedding Veil {by Benjamin Moore}

With a romantic white like Benjamin Moore’s Wedding Veil(2125-70), furnishings appear to levitate and colors whisper, sending a room floating on air. For a classic cool white like this to shine, the hues around it need only a hint of pigment.

Tailor’s Chalk {by Martha Stewart}

Leave it to Martha to come up with a classic New England white like Tailor’s Chalk. A soft yet pure white, this shade is wonderful for bringing out the dimensions of paneled woodwork, as seen in this beautifully detailed room.

Japanese Paper {by Sico}

Sico’s Japanese Paper (6195-21) has a warm and creamy tone that sets off the depth of deep woods and natural textures. Soft, subtle, and equally at home in bedrooms or living rooms, it’s become one of Sico’s most popular shades.

xo loveisabella

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