Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WHITES: Designers' Favorite White Paint Colors

let's  take  a  look  at  the  white  paints  DESIGNERS  prefer!

Farrow  and  Ball      "STRONG WHITE"    2001
"If you have a wall with a bow in it or a floor that has settled, 
this will  make  an  old  room  feel  graceful rather than brand new.  
It has more pigment and therefore more character."
- Peter Pennoyer, architect

Janovic     "SUPER  WHITE"
"After testing every conceivable white and even mixing some ourselves, 
we wound up using this off-the-shelf paint in the galleries.  
It's  bright  and  cleanyet still has a  little  warmth  to it."
-Jerome Neuner, exhibition designer, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Benjamin   Moore     "SUPER  WHITE"   02
"Everything looks good against a true, clear, eye-chilling, freezing-cold white.  
It's like a snow blizzard, or Ascot, or Huck Finn's white fence, 
or marshmallows, or sugar.  Anything placed against that background 
projects like technicolor."     - Murray Moss, designer

"You  can  see  every  color  in  it -- it's a chameleon that 
changes with natural light.  Anything you put near it is comfortable.  
This white is going to be with me for the rest of my life."
-Mariette Himes Gomez,  interior designer

Benjamin  Moore     "DECORATORS  WHITE"    CC20
"It comes across as  a  white-white,  yet it's soft rather than harsh 
-- and utterly  neutral, which works  well  with  art." 
- Frederieke Taylor,  art dealer

Benjamin  Moore      "CHINA  WHITE"     75
"You don't want a highly reflective wall surface if you're going to be 
hanging a lot of art.  China White is  a  very  subtle  off-white 
with a gray tone that helps the work stand out."
-Richard Gluckman, architect

Pratt  and  Lambert     "SEED PEARL"      27-32
"I put it on every ceiling in my house.  It's  a  clean,  crisp  white 
that has a little bit of warmth in it which gives it more
depth  and  dimension.  I use it on moldings for contrast."  
-Kelly Wearstler, interior designer

Benjamin Moore    "IVORY WHITE"      925
"This color looks great everywhere.  It's a creamy, buttery white 
that my  father  [decorator  Mark  Hampton]  liked  to  use
but I'm even more obsessive about it.  Try an eggshell finish 
on the walls to reflect light, but not look too glossy."
-Alexa Hampton, interior designer

Ralph Lauren    "POCKET  WATCH  WHITE"      WH01B
"When it comes to whites I only use RL Pocket Watch White.  
It's soft  and  warm  but  not  cream,  and  still  undeniably  white.  
It will make a room look gracious and young at the same time."
- Jonathan Adler, interior designer

Benjamin  Moore    "ACADIA  WHITE"      OC-38
"It has a nice green cast to it; 
perfect for a summer house in a leafy setting.  
It acts as a bridge to the outdoors."
- Thomas Jayne, interior designer

Benjamin  Moore     "IVORY  WHITE"       925
"It's tough  to  get  a  crisp  look  without  being  cold.  
That's where Ivory  White  does  the  trick.  
It's also the most flexible white I've come across and works with any color.  
I'll often carry it through from room to room on the trim."  
- Thomas Pheasant, interior designer


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WHITES: The Best-Selling White Paint Colors

Let's take a look at the best selling white paint colors, courtesy of 
House Beautiful magazine.  What MAKES THEM THE BEST SELLERS?  What makes them work better than the other hundreds (thousands!) of white paint colors?  

FARROW  and   BALL     "POINTING"     2003
"Pointing is our number-one best seller. It's named after the color of lime pointing in traditional brickwork and has a little yellowy warmth to it, which is why people love it. You can put it with pretty much anything — red, green, yellow, blue. Or it looks great in combination with other whites, to bring out shadow and depth in a monochromatic scheme." -Sarah Cole

"The one color that people consistently pick for moldings and windows is White Dove. It has the softness of alabaster, with a little gray and a little yellow. For long-term livability, what helps is that yellow cast. Put it up against other colors and you'll see how well it works. It's practically universal." -Doty Horn

"Everyone is looking for a white that works with absolutely everything and is never going to fail you. This is not too gray, not too yellow. It doesn't do that pink thing. It's like fresh snow with the first shadow of sunset on it. The absolute bright whiteness is gone but it's still crystal clear, just softened so that it's not glaring." -Harry Adler

 Fine Paints of Europe  "CLASSIC EUROPEAN ENAMEL WHITE"   0001 
"It's the purest white, with white pigment only — 100% titanium dioxide. Not toned in any direction. It's an artist's white, a finer white, with more luminosity. When you see it, you go, Wow! It's as if you have never really seen white before. I think a lot of people use this in high gloss on their trim, and in matte acrylic on the ceiling." -Emmet Fiore

PANTONE     "PRISTINE"    11-0606TPX
"This is not a stark, clinical white. It's more comfortable and soothing, like a scoop of vanilla ice cream. White is the perfect blank canvas. It can look clean and modern or romantic and ethereal, depending on what you put with it. It's not just a summer color anymore in fashion, and we're seeing it in all kinds of fabrics and finishes for the home." -Lisa Herbert

"Designer White is a very clean, bright white that will reflect any and all light. Often, people who don't want a lot of color use an off-white on the walls, with Designer White on the trim. It's a nice contrast, but sometimes it's not enough. If you want a little more impact, pair Designer White with tan or beige walls." -Peggy Van Allen

"Our most popular color is a very soft, warm, inviting white. It doesn't really matter what part of the country you're in — this always works. It has none of that icy coolness and pairs nicely with yellows, greens, reds, blues, and those new shades of plum and purple. As people see and collect more stuff, I think they want those items to be the focus in a room. That's why they keep coming back to white walls." -Rebecca Spak

BEHR      "SWISS COFFEE"     1812 
"You know how Navajo White was big in the 1970s? Now it's Swiss Coffee — lighter, more airy, an off-white with subtle taupe undertones. It's really popular for trim because it has that little bit of color, which means it blends easily with colored walls. Bright white can be too intense. This is so much better alongside the muted, more sophisticated shades." -Quinn Larson

"There was a period when people liked white with a tinge of blue and thought it looked really clean. Now they're moving toward something a little warmer. This is a nice creamy white. The root of it is quite peachy, which means it goes well with yellows and greens. It's a classic color that goes across all genres and would work equally well in a traditional or a contemporary setting." -Josette Buisson

VALSPAR      "ANTHEM WHITE"      7006-24

Some of the descriptions popping up here include "warm"..."creamy"..."works well with..." "yellowy"..."peachy"... and so on.  In an upcoming post, we'll look into 
WHICH of these white paint colors will work best for YOUR  interior 
and WHY!