Choosing a White

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Why hello there! Today is brought to you by the color: White! Surprised? Ok, maybe it was obvious. 

Here's the deal: 

White is one of the most versatile colors out there and it's hard to figure out which white works for you. There's yellow-whites, blue-whites, red-whites, and even white-whites! The combinations are truly endless. It's a tough game, I'm not going to lie, however, here's a tip that will undoubtedly make it easier:

When you find your white, stick to it.

What I mean by that is say, you decide to paint the trim in your house white, and for the sake of this sentence, your walls are not white. My recommendation to you as a designer would be to pick a good white, that looks good in your home. Take the paint chip home and play with it. Put it in the sun, put it in the shade, put it next to a lamp in the evening, in the kitchen in the morning....Just make sure that you give it a test run. When you've narrowed it down, pick the white you will use in your home, not just for the trim. 

White is a one and done kind of color. Once you've made your decision for a trim color, that's the color that all the things you wish to paint white in your home should be. Example: Ceilings, Walls, Doors....

Now you're asking, well, what happens if there's white in my home already? 

For this you've got two options, peel off something that is the color white and have it color matched, or, pick a new color white. Let's talk about color matching for a minute...

Color matching is when you're able to provide a swatch of color to the store and they're able to use their light-o-meter (that's not what it's called but you get the gist) to figure out what colors have gone into that specific color. The issue is that white is naturally reflective and therefore causes the machine to have a harder time getting the right colors. Can you color match white? Sure! Will it work? Maybe. This is definitely the easier option, but if your match doesn't work out, you're back to square one.

You've probably figured out which option I'd recommend in this situation. It's more work, but you'll have a uniform/standard white.

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the name of the game. By just adhering to that one rule, you'll have already beat millions of homeowners in the design game. Good luck!

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 Nano White is my white. What's yours?

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