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We’re in the beginning stages of our dining room project and today we focused on the paint for the walls. I waited until we finalized the table, chairs, rug, and other decor items before deciding on a paint color for the walls. Knowing we wanted to go with a white, I sampled 5 of the most popular white paint colors that caught my eye. Here are the 5 that we tested on our walls:
Paint colors can change space to space. So how these colors appear in my home, they may look different in yours. Natural light, colors already present in the room, east versus west facing room, etc. can have an effect on the paint color. So, to give you a better idea of each paint color, here are a few examples of each one where they have been used in homes.
Alabaster is a warm white and is oftentimes compared to White Dove. It’s a beautiful cream white if you’re looking for a white that isn’t too stark and wanting to add a little warmth to a space. First is a master bedroom by Brittany of Addison’s Wonderland. She actually painted the trim and the walls in Alabaster. The second image is by the very talented Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design. She used Alabaster throughout her entire home.
If you’re looking for a bright, clean white then Simply White is the white paint for you. It doesn’t have any undertones and is very crisp. It would also be great to use on the trim in your home. Sara of Life on Virginia Street painted her office in Simply White and paired it with a beautiful navy accent wall. I love how it turned out! And then there’s Studio McGee. They have used Simply White for several of their projects. I love how they’ve used it on walls and trim!
Snowbound has a hint of gray undertones in some lighting. This would be a great white for you to use if you’re looking for a slightly cooler white to use in your home. In the first image, City Farmhouse has used Snowbound in their living room. They have Pure White throughout the rest of their home and thought Snowbound would pair perfectly with it. As for the second image, Lauren of Lauren Smyth Design has done an amazing job using Snowbound in this kitchen. It’s certainly a showstopper space!
White Dove is a creamier white that can show a slightly yellow undertone in some lighting. It is certainly a favorite among many! Jennifer Ferrandi has used it throughout most of her home and you can see it in the first image with her beautiful entryway. You can see how stunningly creamy it is! And Pike Properties has shown us how it looks in the main living space. You can truly playoff fo White Dove with so many other colors within your decor.
Cloud White was a close contender with Alabaster for me. They are both very similar with their creamy hue without showing other undertones. Cloud White is just a tad bit lighter than Alabaster. This color goes beautifully with just about any color palette. Cloud White on this shiplap in Most Lovely Thing’s breakfast nook has certainly caught my eye! And then the way Driven by Decor used it in her living room makes it look fresh and inviting.
All of these whites are gorgeous whites to use in your home. We ultimately decided to go with Alabaster for our dining room. We have a lot of natural light that pours into dining room space and didn’t want a stark white. I can’t wait to show you how this paint color goes with our decor we’ve picked out. Stay tuned, my friends!
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