Choosing off-whites in your home can be one of the most mind bending and frustrating colours to choose. For starters, Benjamin Moore alone has 150+ whites in their collection. Yikes. Secondly, whites can be swayed and appear differently depending on what they’re surrounded by since there is not much substance in them! These are ‘colours’ that often have ONE single drop of colorant added to the paint can, and they tend to surprise us and act differently in every space depending on the surroundings.
I’ve chosen my favourite 5 whites that I’ve worked with many times, used in clients homes, and used in my own home. Forget the other 145 whites Benjamin Moore has – one of these is guaranteed to work! When selecting your white, try your absolute hardest to keep it consistent throughout your entire home. If your kitchen cabinets are white – use that same white on all your trim and doors in every room! This will just keep things simple and straightforward (also my OCD will not allow me to not have complete consistency throughout my own home!).
We used Steam in our house because A) it matches Ikea white kitchen cabinetry, and B) I wanted a really soft gentle transition between my wall colour and trims. If you’re looking for a crisper, higher contrast then I like to use Chantilly Lace or Snowfall White. Swiss Coffee is very neutral and will give you a very blended look, while White Dove is the perfect inbetween of not too saturated but not a crisp white either.
My #1 recommendation is to go and pick up the paint chips before anything else! It’s a great starting place to read up online for suggestions but before you get lost in the world of the big wide web, take a look at some colours yourself and you’ll most likely be able to instantly eliminate a few of them! Or, better yet, you’ll know right away which one you’re drawn to.