How to Choose the Right White Paint Color for your Home
Thanks for checking out my blog today. I wanted to do things a little differently today when talking about how to choose a white paint color for your home. I could show you a bunch of pretty pictures (which I might do anyways 😉) but that won't help you know how to choose the right white paint color for your home. So what I wanted to do today is try and break things down a bit so it will give you an understanding of how to choose the right white (or any other color) for your home. There are three important things to consider when choosing a paint color for your home which are: undertones (paint and existing furnishes), lighting and temperature of colors. This is a very basic breakdown but will hopefully help you with choosing paint colors or maybe explain why you don't like something you've already painted.
I'm hoping none of this is discouraging you 😖from choosing a paint color but hopefully you can use this as a guide. Most importantly if you are trying to choose a paint color PLEASE do not use those small chips at the paint store but test your colors at home.
I personally find the best way to see how a paint color really looks is to compare it to another paint color. If you are having trouble determining the undertone of either your furnishes or paint color, try taking a picture and looking at that instead to determine undertones.
Now for the fun part - I'll start sharing some of my favourite Sherwin Williams white paint colors. Because there are so many beautiful white colors, and we are all very busy people 😀, I'm only going to share 4 of my favourite whites and why these are my favourites.
Pure White SW 7005
Now truth be told I have so many whites that I like but Pure White is one of my go to whites for interior trim (baseboards and casings). Pure White has an LRV (light reflective value) of 84 - a pure white would be 100 and a pure black would be zero. I like to stay away from anything creamy when choosing trim colors as that can become what I like to call a "bossy" trim where Pure White is a very neutral, crisp white and looks great with a lot of paint colors. It does have a very, very, very 😉 slight yellow undertone and is what I would consider a warm white. This next picture is where we used Pure White on the walls.
High Reflective White SW 7757
If you are looking for a white with virtually no undertone then High Reflective White is a great choice. I've often used this color on exteriors when tying in white windows with white trim color. As I mentioned earlier HRW has virtually no undertone but it would be considered a warmer white. It has an LRV of 93 so pretty much the highest LRV you can get when it comes to paint color. It is also a great color to use on trim and casings on the inside of your home as it's a crisp, clean white to pair white light or dark wall colors. It's also an option you may want to look at if you are considering painting your cabinets white.