When is White Paint Color not Just White?

Painting your walls white is a great way to showcase artwork and contemporary design. Seeing a room with all white wall color looks fantastic. However, not all white paint is the same. When is White Paint Color not Just White? In other words, there are blue whites, yellow whites, gray-green whites, and pink whites. Let’s dive right in and look at the mystery of the color white.

You see a room painted white you think it's white wall color but not all white paint is the same. When is White Paint Color not Just White?
Shades of Blue and White Living Room

The Many Shades of White Paint Colors

When looking for the perfect white wall color it’s best to understand the undertones of the paint. Next, you must consider the room to be painted. Look at the hard fixed elements of the space. For instance, as an example what colors are the flooring, any permanent fixture, built-in cabinets, and millwork? At Sandra Asdourian Interiors, we look at all the fixed elements in the space. This helps us to confirm the best white color to use. Therefore, when choosing the perfect white for a room that has warm oak wood flooring. We would choose something like a creamy white. For instance, Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC-17is a creamier white or Ivory White 925 which is even creamier. These colors would balance the white walls and warm tones of the flooring.

When is White Paint Color not Just White?
Creamy White Painted Walls with these honey wood floors

More about the Undertones

More ways to understand the undertones of white paint. Would be to take a plain white sheet of printer paper. Now, hold the white color samples next to the paper. You can see the undertones.  For instance, do you see the blueish, greenish, pinkish, or yellowish undertones? This is how to see which white will work best in your space. Imagine, your sofa is a creamy white but you were to choose a blue undertone white paint. It would make your sofa look muddy. However, if you choose a beige or yellow undertone white. Your sofa would look fresh and crisp.

Sandra Asdourian Interiors Living Room Naples FL
Living Room with white walls

In conclusion, if you need more help with choosing the perfect white paint color. Download our free guide to our favorite Benjamin Moore White Paint colors.

Download our free guide to our favorite Benjamin Moore White Paint colors.