Re-Constructing Home-Part 32: 50 Shades of White


Bethany explores the many facets of the color white… and a few other colors, too:

The time has come…to choose paint colors. Now, I’ve known for a while that I wanted white paint downstairs. But the question became which white? Because let me tell you, there are a multitude of whites to choose from. And the same rules apply to shades of white as to all other colors:

  1. Colors can look dramatically different on the paint chip than they look on the wall
  2. Colors change depending on the time of day and the location in the room

Which means you can’t just fall in love with a paint chip and call it a day. You’ve got to analyze and re-analyze the color in its new habitat.

To begin the selection process, I narrowed my options to shades that were more pure white, had a hint of gray, or had a tiny bit of cream:

Frostine, Snowbound, Greek Villa, and White Heron




Surprisingly, these are the same four whites in the same order–but painted in two different rooms. I painted swatches in every room, then checked them throughout the day to see how they read.

I decided on Frostine for the inside. I liked that it was a pure white but still had a little bit of warmth to it, which prevented it from feeling too museum-like.

Below are those same four whites painted outside, along with some gray samples for the brick that needs to be painted:



When all was said and done, I decided on Sherwin Williams Snowbound, Benjamin Moore Black Ink for the accent color, and Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray for the bottom brick.

Ultimately, between the inside and outside, I tried out 37 different colors (a lot of white, gray, and black) plus a few pops of [subtle] color for the bedrooms. It’s both a lot of work and a lot of contemplation… but it’s worth it to find the perfect colors to come home to every day.

Pro Tip: 37 samples can get pricey, especially if you’re getting your paint from a specialty store (like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams). But you can bring any color from Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams to Home Depot, and they can mix up the same formula. Instead of paying about $9 per sample, you can pay about $3. And during a renovation project, you gladly take any savings you can get!


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