I discovered one of the best, most cost effective and immediate ways to create a totally fresh look was with paint. I also learned the importance of choosing the correct shade of a color. Do you have any idea how many shades of white exist out there in the wonderful world of paint???? Here are a few helpful tips to assist you in choosing the best shades for you. 1) Consider light sources such as northern vs. southern, eastern or western exposure; 2) think about the desired effect or mood of the room; and 3) allow for the type of lighting to be used in the room. NOTE: if fluorescent lights are used take particular care to view the color under them as any shade goes a bit stark and cool in florescent lighting.
Since this post is about paint color and I mentioned my consternation over the availability of so many whites, I’ll close with some of my favorites.
BeamBabe’s “Can’t Fail” whites from Benjamin Moore:
Linen White – warm
Mayonnaise – great warm trim color
Monterrey White – a cool white
Navajo White – a classic
Elephant Tusk – this color gave my bathroom a warm, spa-like feel.
Natural Wicker – another warm white