As I promised earlier this week, here are five designer picks for the perfect warm white paint (in no particular order). Which one did I choose for my master bedroom redo? Read on to find out!
1. Benjamin Moore Creamy White. This was architect Bill Ingram‘s go-to color for the walls of his Mountain Brook Cottage featured in the August 2011 issues of House Beautiful. To make his 1,400-square foot cottage feel more expansive, Ingram used Benjamin Moore’s Creamy White throughout the house, which he notes “comes off as white, but very warm.”
2. Lindsay Bierman, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living magazine, recommends Benjamin Moore Ivory White for when “you just want a room to be ‘warm white,’ meaning not too yellow or too peachy or too anything else.” When it comes to choosing the right white for the space, Bierman exhorts folks: “Don’t overthink this—I’ve already done enough agonizing for everyone, and I can say for sure that it works pretty much anywhere, unless you’re going for museum-like sterility…” I think we can take his word for it—witness this gorgeous room in Ivory White via Traditional Home:
3. Benjamin Moore White Down. Here is an inspiration photo from Philip Mitchell Design via Canadian House & Home. I love the ease of this room, and how it manages to be fresh and warm at the same time, due in large part to the wall color. There’s something about this color that puts me in mind of the froth of a cappuccino—the perfect warming pick-me-up.
On the appeal of Elmira White, Ford notes: “This is one of my favorite hues because it’s both warm and bright without being too cheery. It’s a perfect blend of beige and gray and will complement literally any color palette you choose to introduce in the room. You can’t wrong with this one.”
5. Benjamin Moore Linen White. Celerie Kemble, in her latest book, Black & White (and a Bit in Between), describes Linen White as “[a]bsolutely classic. A bit warm and not overly crisp, meaning it never looks brand new. Fades into the background, offering support to the other colors in the room. My kitchen cabinets are linen white, since I wanted the room to look lived in instantly.” Here is an inspiration photo of a modern bedroom in Linen White—so clean looking yet cozy:
For quick reference, below is a recap of our short list for warm whites (all Benjamin Moore):
- Creamy White (OC-7)
- Ivory White (CC-925)
- White Down (OC-131)
- Elmira White (HC-84)
- Linen White (CC-912)
So which did I end up choosing for my master bedroom painting project?
It was a toughie, but in the end I went with Celerie Kemble’s pick, Linen White, to give much-needed warmth and brightness to my bedroom. Now that the hard part’s over, all that’s left to do is actually paint!
Which of these appeals to you most? Do you have another favorite “no-fail” warm white to add to the list? I’d love to know, I’m always looking to expand my repertoire!
P.S. You may have noticed that the paints on my list are all Benjamin Moore—this wasn’t a conscious decision, but when I have a painting project on the horizon I always find myself coming back to their classic colors fandeck for inspiration!