One of the most frequently asked questions of decorators like me, is “What white should I use to paint my walls?” And the next question is always, “and what trim color goes with that wall color?” I’m always happy to oblige with a strong opinion and sound advice because for me, there is no better paint color than white. It is the perfect foundation for a room filled with interesting furniture pieces and artwork. Over the years, I’ve tried many, but these are the whites that, in my opinion, never fail to please the eye.
In my living room (this photo taken several years ago, now) you can see how soft and slightly gray the Glacier White wall paint looks against this wall of colorful art, and balances nicely the tints and shades of brown, gray and black of the pillows. Benjamin Moore Glacier White with Ivory White trim is the combination I’ve recommended for most of the white living rooms I’ve laid my hands and eyes on. At one point, glacier was my password for everything! Talk about a strong affection for this paint color.We used this same combination of Glacier White and Ivory White trim in Abby Larson’s living room, below.Glacier white ended up being the perfect compliment to all of the neutral upholstery and grey-washed Swedish demilunes. Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin with Slipper Satin trim has become a favorite of ours lately. It’s no surprise that this is one of their most popular colors. We love the combination of the same color on walls and trim. It reads very modern and fresh. Just make sure you use a matte finish on the walls and a slightly shiny eggshell on the trim. It’s wonderful.
Benjamin Moore Dove White matte finish paired with Dove White semi gloss trim. This is the perfect white to use when there is a lot of cabinetry or millwork as this color has a very crisp, natural white. It allows the architectural details on baseboard, chair rail, and cabinetry to pop.
Donald Kaufman DKC-5 White is a warm white hue that feels incredibly rich in any setting. Designer Marriette Himes Gomez refers to it as Chanel No. 5 and we can see why. We like to pair the matte finish on the walls with the same trim color but in semi-gloss. Have a white paint question for me? Bring it on!