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find the right white

White is the foundation of most interior paint schemes, but it can be hard to figure out which white to use when there are so many to choose from. The quality of natural light your room receives, the artificial light at night and the other elements in the room–from floors and furniture to the greenery or view outside your windows–will all influence how white is perceived. Create large paint samples, either on a 2' x 2' piece of cardboard you can move around or right on the walls, and test out how different shades of white look both in daylight and at night. Warm whites like Sherwin-Williams' Greek Villa, seen here, have yellow or red undertones that can feel soft and inviting, particularly in older homes. Cool whites like Snowbound have gray or blue undertones that feel modern and crisp. And a bright, pure white, like Extra White, creates a gallery-like backdrop that shows other colors and modern architecture to advantage.

Tips for choosing colors like a pro:

  • Use different shades of the same color to create depth. Instead of standard white, try painting trim a deeper shade of the wall color, or use the same hue in a high-gloss finish.
  • Try a satin finish on walls instead of the typical flat finish paint. It gives darker or richer colors more depth, looks more polished, and— bonus points—is easier to clean.
  • In a small, dark room, don't assume you have to go with white or light colors. A darker hue can actually visually enlarge the space because it makes corners disappear and furnishings pop.

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