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Joyce Danko Design

A little advice about white paint. Readymix white is rather cold. The basis for ready mix white latex was not about the color but about the opacity, titanium dioxide. BM White Dove used to be ready mix from factory, but no more. In fact most ready mix is gone; as mixes have improved. In fact, white ready mix is not being offered in some products now. So make a good choice, don't assume white is something it is not. SW whites are grayer than BM. And sheen and product matter. Semigloss can look harsh. Satins are offered in better paint lines. Waterborne Satin Impervo or AURA SATIN are awesome. I advise to put a little something in your white for builtin cabinets and trim. It will connect to the "organics" in your home, the wood, tile, porcelain, stone, etc, the way wood trim, doors and cabinets should.. As a BM paint pro, check out the following "recipes" that work with most colors on walls and neutrals. OC-17 White Dove, OC-45 Swiss Coffee, OC-19 Seapearl. The white you choose for cabinets and "assume" will work on all the trim in adjacent rooms too, may look a little blank. Best to put a little something "natural" in your white paint. It will still look white especially if around other natural tones.

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Michelle

It wasn't until I got my own house that I realized how different "white" paints can be from each other. I have to touch up a few spots on the ceiling and bought three types of white ceiling paint, and tested them out today. One looks like a decent match but the others look gray! I'll try another coat tomorrow but apparently "white" paints can look grey, especially the cheaper kinds. I wish I knew what kind of ceiling paint the seller used but even then, I'm not completely sure if it would be a perfect match with the existing ceiling due to aging and reformulation.

   
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Joyce Danko Design

Michelle, you are so right. Every company's ready mix "white" is a different color. Touch up of neutrals or whites has to do with the pigments used by that company. Many companies, usually "big box" or cheaper quality do not even have their own proprietary pigments like SW and Bm do. Now is your chance to improve the room by putting a coat of a prettier white up there. BM has an ultralflat that will look perfectly smooth, no imperfections! If you want a warmer white but brighter, like Cloud White OC-130 or even brighter Mayonaise OC-85, they can light to the room in a way the walls can't. Look for a higher LRV number for brighter, and a lower one for more "neutral". White is 86% LRV, I believe, and OC-85 may be 97% but much warmer. Makes a big difference.


   

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