I had a mini-panic attack the other day after realizing I've been in San Francisco for one month already and still only have a bed. That kicked me into gear and forced me to put work down for a minute and really start thinking seriously about selecting furniture, etc. But first, let's finish up the business we started with Week One and talk about paint colors!
Previously I shared my hunt for the perfect gray with you - which I found - and this week it's on to the perfect color for trim! On Sunday I took a trip to my local hardware store and spent a good amount of time look at and discussing Benjamin Moore whites with the colorist on hand.
I was searching for something that looked good with the grays I selected (more on that later!) and didn't have that yellow tint that reminds me of the 70s. I narrowed it down to five different whites based on recommendations from you (thank you for all the comments you left!) and what caught my eye.
Armed with my new samples of White Dove, Decorator's White, Calm, Chantilly Lace, and Simply White, I rushed home to try them all. I'm happy to report, I found a winner! But first, here's a little review of each that I tried.
White Dove: This is one of those colors you always hear about for trim, so naturally I had to try it. For me, it had too much of a yellow undertone, so it was an easy "no."
Decorator's White: I've heard that this is the #1 best selling color for trim and molding, as the name would imply, but it felt too blue and cool paired against my grays. So, this was a no-go for me.
Calm: This "paint chip" actually looks nothing like the real color. It's a very lovely light gray and quite nice. In fact, I'm trying to come up with a way to use it somewhere else, as it's a bit too dark for trim.
Chantilly Lace: It actually dries as a very pure, bright white. I really loved it, but it's too white for the warmth I'm going after. If you're looking for a really stark contrast for your trim, I'd definitely recommend this one.
And the winner is: Simply White! Again, the "paint chip" here looks nothing like the real color. It's a beautiful, warm white, with hints of gray and void of yellow. It's quite perfect and I'm thrilled to have found my white in one shot. How did I discover it you ask? Well, I was on location for a Rue Issue 4 photo shoot last week and the space was painted in this white - I instantly loved it and knew I had to try it.
So, the last room in the house to find paint for is my bedroom. I can't decide if I want to keep with the gray theme so the whole home feels congruent, or indulge in a little (sophisticated) pink. Thoughts? Recommendations?