What’s Right About White

Shades of WhiteNot all whites are alike.  Be careful about the undertones of whites.  I prefer warm whites/off-whites with gray and yellow undertones.  Pink and blue undertones can be a little cold and soulless.

Use multiple tones of white and off-white.  This gives more interest and depth, and you won’t go crazy trying to match that one white.


Use texture to warm up a white palette.  Think white stone, white textured blankets, white fur throws, shiny white ceramics, off-white wicker baskets, etc.

Play shiny against matte to add sophistication.  Use white high-gloss paint of wood furniture and white matte paint on walls.

White Textures


Be aware that matte white looks more country, rustic, and informal.  Semi-gloss whites look more formal and traditional.  High-gloss whites look more modern.


White Dining RoomIf your white feels too bright, tone it down with a little black paint in the mix.


Add black accents to make a primarily white room more grounded and sophisticated.



Using a base of off-white or white in a room makes it easy to change out accessories and color for a whole new look seasonally.  This room in my home can change personalities quickly and easily (and often does!)

White Base + Seasonal Color


The easiest scheme for a decorating newbie is white plus one color.  Just make sure you use various shades of that other one color to give it interest.  Look at the beautiful Christmas scene from Country Living.  All white slipcovers with apple and foliage green as the accent.White and Green Christmas from Country Living


Here are some of my favorite whites:

All Benjamin Moore Colors

Swiss Coffee OC-45

White Dove OC-17

Seapearl OC-19

Vanilla Milkshake OC-58

White Heron OC-57


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