Ask Erika Submission: Amy
Colorfully, Behr reader Amy asked us about finding a neutral white hue for her large open floor plan. Read Erika’s advice below!
I am looking for a neutral white (or possibly one that suggests gray without being gray) for the large open floor plan living areas in my house. The top picture in the “What’s in your closet” blog entry is what I’m going for – white with lots of pops of many different colors from accessories (pillows, textiles, artwork). I like bright orange, yellow (like Luscious Lemon HDC-MD-24), teal, black/white chevron stripes for accessories and I am leaning toward gray (mid-tone silver or dark graphite for sofa with a brighter color print accent fabric for chairs, etc.
Other than “decorator white,” can you suggest a good white that could go either warm or cool depending on the accessories? We have Ultra Pure White (1850) as the trim color already. I am looking for something that stands out enough to be noticeable, but still be white. I am not a fan of yellow-hued white/cream/beige, but I don’t want to be too icy either. How is that for a color conundrum?
Also, could you do a blog post about choosing whites that includes more contemporary style rooms and colors, even including white on white color schemes with bright pops of color? The other blog post I saw was way too traditional. Maybe the very top closet photo (white cubby shelving
with all the shoes and purses above could be an example of what I mean).
I’m currently testing the following Behr colors, but looking for more suggestions…
Silver Dust (PWN-64)
Weathered White (HDC NT-21)
Nano White (HDC-MD-06)
Silver Drop (790C-2) the most “gray” of them all
Decorator White (PWN-10)
Ultra Pure White (1850) for trim
It looks like you are well on your way to finding the perfect white! The list of colors you’re testing is a good start.
It does get to be tricky with
whites, because many of them have just a drop of colorant in them that makes them go either warm or cool. Ultra Pure White is the whitest white we have. I love using it for trim with a slightly higher sheen.
If you’re trying to find that perfect neutral balance that doesn’t get too cool and blue or go to creamy on the warm side, my other suggestions for would be:
Good luck and let me know what you think!
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