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irlizard 07-07-2006 05:10 PM

White paint help
 
This is a great forum; Iíve been reading for months and have just recently joined. This is my first cry for help. I need to know what type of white paint to use that will be good for all colors of trim and material accents. I always thought ďwhite was whiteĒ and any color would go with it. WRONG! When I repainted my living room I found that the only color I could use for curtains was a smoky blue. I know this sounds strange but I have since talked to a few people that assure me there are different whites and getting the right one is important. What do I ask for? I would like a universal white that will take anything. Does one exist? Are there shades of white? Any help or ideas will be appreciated.
Also I have been using Glidden Paint and have never had a problem and itís pretty inexpensive. I guess since I have no experience with the good stuff I donít know what Iím missing:rolleyes:

Darylh 07-08-2006 09:54 AM

Boy do I here you on this one. It's just amazing how many whites are out there. I use the Ben Moore line and when it comes to white I always use Decorator white. I find it goes with almost any colour. I suggest you grab a quart and see if you like it.
Another thing about white is Whats on the floor since this will reflect againt the walls and make your white not look white.

slickshift 07-08-2006 10:26 AM

I say it over and over again:
A white is a white is a white...until you put it next to another white

You can have "White Cap" brilliant white which looks amazing for your trim in your "Admiral Blue" room
It may look great with some other colors
But put it on the trim in the "Desert Sand" room and bleah
Yuck

There are many, many, shades of white
Some look better with grays, some with beiges, and some work with other whites, and some don't

Usually the most universal whites will be pre-mixed on the shelf at the paint store
Ask the help there if you are unsure
(A paint store will give you much better advice-and product-than a paint department)

To match up colors with the right white, either bring in the item or a swatch/pillow/piece to the paint store, or bring home a "Whites" brochure with the popular whites on it to match your room/walls/curtains

irlizard 07-08-2006 07:24 PM

Thanks, I appreciate the ideas. I never thought about what’s on the floors in each room and that will have a huge impact as I have lots of windows.

Katydid 07-12-2006 04:49 PM

White is actually a complex color...
 
...As others have pointed out.

I also like B.M. decorators' white. It is neither too warm nor cool and compliments most color schemes.

Here's another hard-learned tip.: The quality of light bouncing around the room will greatly influence the color of applied paint. Especially if there is the tiniest bit of red reflected (off floors, furnishings, or even something outside). So be sure to test the final candidates in several areas of the room and throughout the day before you decide.

rk_king2004 07-20-2006 04:14 PM

Neutral tones are especially practical in the world of decoration because their neutrally means they can easily be teamed up with other colors. Warm colors make a room seem smaller and more homey, a place where we can retreat to unwind.

There are many techniques for increasing the expressiveness of the walls and for making your home a place where you feel at ease. Many neutral tones are associated with natural materials, stone, earth, wood, straw, sand or with artificial materials such as metal, glass, and concrete.

Here are ten household helpful hints for choosing colors and wall covering fabrics to decorate your home:

1. White and neutral tones are an ideal backdrop to make a work of art or tapestry stand out.

2. Neutral tones should be applied when a space is overloaded architecturally, or when we want something to fade into the background.

3. Neutral tones age well so they can be used where you do not redecorate, or touch up, very often; or if our intention is to specifically create an aged effect.

4. Variations on neutral tones are ideal for small rooms.

5. White and neutral tones are a great way of combining different decorative styles as they act as a neutral transition zone between one style and the other.

6. Gray metal or gray concrete, two neutral tones, are especially apt for creating modern ambience with a cutting edge feel.

7. Textured neutral tones, like limestone or temperate paint, are perfect for creating rustic effects.

8. Neutral tones fabrics, carpets, curtains, or tapestries are a great help when decorating because they go well with al the colors.

9. If you want a room steeped in neutral tones to be livelier, you can introduce a few dramatic color touches dark colors, even black, are a good solution.

10. A neutral tone is perfect for painting a wall or doors that you want to be inconspicuous.

About The Author:
Roger King has been involved in home interior painting for several years, and has been helping people find and review the best value for interior painting solutions.
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Originally Posted by irlizard
This is a great forum; I’ve been reading for months and have just recently joined. This is my first cry for help. I need to know what type of white paint to use that will be good for all colors of trim and material accents. I always thought “white was white” and any color would go with it. WRONG! When I repainted my living room I found that the only color I could use for curtains was a smoky blue. I know this sounds strange but I have since talked to a few people that assure me there are different whites and getting the right one is important. What do I ask for? I would like a universal white that will take anything. Does one exist? Are there shades of white? Any help or ideas will be appreciated.
Also I have been using Glidden Paint and have never had a problem and it’s pretty inexpensive. I guess since I have no experience with the good stuff I don’t know what I’m missing:rolleyes:



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