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Acadia White

August 13, 2014

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Hi Kelly,

Have just been reading your blog post about choosing the right white paint here. It was very helpful and I was pleased to see a photo of Acadia White which I’m planning on using.

We’re remodeling our home in California and I’m looking for a white paint to use for the trim. I’m going with BM Acadia White for the kitchen cabinets (we have brown/beige granite). Is it OK to paint the walls Acadia White too?¬† I’m going with a shell/linen color subway tile splash back to help lighten up the room as it’s a little on the dark side. The kitchen opens into our new dining & living room which I’m painting (walls) Acadia White.

With so many whites to choose from, I’m not sure which to use for the trim. And should the ceiling be another different white or same as the trim just in a different finish?

Any help would be appreciated ūüôā

Many thanks,

Jennifer.

Hi Jennifer,

I would use Acadia White for the trim also. The cabinets and trim look best in a semi gloss finish and the walls in an eggshell finish. That way they work perfect together and the contrast of the semi gloss against the eggshell works well.

As far as the ceiling, have you thought about painting it a light blue? Or another color?

Hope this helps!

Hi Kelly,

Thanks very much for getting back to me so promptly. I have found choosing a paint color the hardest part of our remodeling thus far ūüôĀ

I have a love of all things white (I built my business Whiteport in Australia based on it) but the number of whites to choose from here in the US is overwhelming.

Re ceilings, we only have 8ft ceilings and I’m trying everything I can to visually make them appear higher. I haven’t heard of using light blue – what is your thinking behind that?

I love Acadia White – it’s very creamy and soft without being yellow and works well with our granite. I saw an entire house exterior painted in it on our recent trip to Carmel CA. It was gorgeous so I knocked on the door and asked the owner what color it was !

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Benjamin Moore Acadia White OC-38

So I wrote back to Jennifer and shared this link showing her photos of rooms with blue ceilings on Houzz.

Thanks for letting me share this email letter Jennifer. She said, ‚ÄúHopefully it might help someone else in my position!‚ÄĚ

If you need help selecting colors in your home, contact me today.

Choosing The Right White

November 15, 2010

Choosing the¬†right white¬†is as hard, if not more difficult, than which color to select. Don’t think you are alone with this issue!
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Or,  I am often asked, which white should I choose for my trim and/or cabinets?

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So I would like to share with you some designer tips I have learned over the years that you can use when you are looking for that perfect white for your home.

Look at Decorator’s White Int. Rm. for a warm white with yellow undertones; Linen White Int. Rm.¬†has a¬†warm beige undertone; and a cool white will have blue/gray undertones such as White Diamond OC-61.¬† An easy way to see the white undertones, is to use a large sample of Decorator’s White to put white samples next to help¬†determine the underlying colors.

If you have white walls or cabinets, I suggest do not paint the trim the same shade of white.  You want the contrast between the two whites for architectural interest.  Again, sample the whites next to your existing white.  Also, I like to use different finishes for more of a contrast which I wrote about here:  Would you like that Shiny or Flat?  Flat is usually used for the ceiling, an eggshell finish on the walls and a gloss or semi-gloss on the trim.

You can use several tints of white in a room, but keep them in the same color temperature, either all warm whites or all cool whites.

If you are going to use white for your ceiling, be sure to use a ‘warm white’ if your walls are painted in a warm color, including red, yellow or orange. I recommend to use a ‘cool’ white if your room is painted in cool colors, such as blue, green or violet.

Cloud White OC-130 seems to be the top ‘white’ choice for designers.¬† It is also one of my favorites because it is so soft and works so¬†well with other colors.¬† Other whites I love are White Dove OC-17 , Linen White, ¬†Int. Rm, (a soft ,yellowy white) and Chantilly Lace OC-65 (a white, white).¬† Here is a picture below¬†I am redesigning where we used White Dove in a semi-gloss finish for her white cabinets.¬† Just a beautiful white!

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 Be sure when you are painting your cabinets white, such as White Dove, your back splash and counter tops should also be white, gray or black.  If you are using a white with a yellow undertone such as Acadia White OC-38 on your cabinets, your counters and back splash should be a more of a creamy color such as browns, beiges and creams shown in photo below.

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Comments?  Any questions? 

If you need help choosing whites for your home, contact me today.

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