I have been up to lots of painting the past few days. Rolling and brushing on lots of white paint.
First priming with white to block the bright green paint color on the walls in my daughter’s bedroom that I am transforming.
While I am busy at work trying to make progress in this room, I thought I would share my favorite white paint colors.
After the green was pretty much history in the room, which took 3 coats of primer. I used Easy Care Block-Out Primer/Sealer to do that. I rolled on my favorite white paint- Valspar Bistro White. I used it on the walls in an eggshell finish and semi-gloss on the doors and trim. It is the perfect white – not too cool or warm – just right.
A fresh new slate. Repainting this room was a bit easier than most I have done in the past. I am removing the rug so I didn’t have to protect it with drop cloths. Of course the fact that it didn’t matter if any paint splattered or spilled on the rug – none splattered or spilled. Only when it matters – do you drop loaded brushes or splatter paint by accident.
I am a fan of “white walls” in my home – not on car tires though. :-) As I typed the words white walls a fond memory popped up in my head. “White walls” reminds me of my dad. He would always take notice if a car had them. When I was a child in the 60’s lots of cars still had white walls. They were usually on fancy cars or old cars that were in the July 4th parade.
I like white walls in rooms, but don’t use white paint right off the shelf labeled “White”. For most brands – this white is very white and almost has a blue tinge to it. For a real white, you should get it mixed. Look for paint colors with names like Pure White and True White.
Below are the whites that I use over and over. They are my tried and true and work with the lighting in my house.
My Go-To White Paint Colors:
Every computer will read the colors in online images differently, so it is best to actually get a paint chip to see how each will look in your home.
They are in order of the most white to warmer white and the last is a pastel white.
Pure white: Pure White – Sherwin Williams – Kitchen cabinets They used to be Antique White, but I repainted them last summer. You can still see it on the banquette. I have lots of painting to still do so my kitchen is all painted in Pure White.
My favorite white: Bistro White – Valspar – Hall bath board and batten and trim
For a warmer white: Crisp Linen White – Glidden – Mudroom walls. I will be updating this color to Bistro White soon.
Neutral white: Natural Choice – Sherwin Williams – Family room walls
Classic white: Alabaster – Sherwin Williams – Trim on first floor and corner cabinets in family room
Pastel white: Pink Petal White – Glidden – Studioffice walls
Some of the whites look the same in these photos, but they all are a bit different. All run more true white or have a neutral base. The darkest white I have in my home is on the walls in my mudroom.
There are literally hundreds of whites to choose from and it is always best to bring the paint chips home and tape them on your walls so you can edit until you are left with a few that you like how they look – morning, noon, and night. Then buy a sample to make sure. Once you see the actual paint on the wall and like it – then that is when I would buy it and start to create magic with a roller or brush.
What are your go-to white paint colors?