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White Paint Guide

It’s finally here! I am so excited to share the after photos of painting my living room. I shared the process on my Instagram stories, but I got so many questions about the colors we chose, the previous color we had and questions about choosing white paints in general. White paint is one of the most asked about across the board because there are so many options and it can look very different when applied in certain settings. Here I am breaking down some of my favorite warmer whites and cooler based whites that will transform any room into a fresh space!

As I mentioned in my Instagram stories we have a very annoying issue in our apartment. The building is almost eighty years old and has no real ventilation. We do not have central air and there is no hood over our stove top so anytime we light a candle or cook that soot kind of lingers in the air. This can be problematic in an all white apartment so we have found ourselves re painting rooms much more frequently than we would normally have to.

Our previous color was Droplets by Dunne Edwards which I loved, but the consistency of the paint wasn’t right for this space. It showed soot and dirt much more than Benjamin Moore paints, but most people don’t have a problem with that so it should work great! You can see in the process photos that by the time we painted it looked like a dark grey instead of the brighter grey white it used to look like.


For the fresh coat we chose Simply White by Benjamin Moore on the walls and Super White for the ceiling, trim and built ins. Simply White is one of my favorite colors because of its creamy undertones. It doesn’t make a room feel stark or cold and although it is still a bright white it gives off such a warmth. We always paint our walls Eggshell, the ceilings Flat and all the trim Semi – Gloss. This gives a really nice dimension to the room.

We were originally going to paint the room All White by Farrow & Ball, but at $110 per gallon it was a little out of our price range for a rental. Most companies can color match any Farrow & Ball color, but I am always a little weary with their whites because it will never look 100% the same. We went with the Benjamin Moore Ben line which is there mid range paint at about $42 per gallon. It took two coats on the walls, ceiling and trim to cover everything and get a really nice consistency.


Photography by Torrey Fox

  1. Missy Steinberg

    February 11th, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I find selecting paint colors to be the most daunting of tasks when it comes to decorating.

    Do you have any recommendations for painting a bathroom? I want to do a white shade but am not sure what sort of finish would look best.

    PS. I have the same old apt issues with the candle soot! My lease even states you cannot burn candles because of how quickly the walls will get dirty 🙁

  2. Chrissy McDonald

    February 12th, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Hi Missy!

    Painting can be so daunting. I love White Dove by Benjamin Moore for a bathroom because it is so soft unlike a very crisp white. I highly recommend doing the Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa paint which is designed for high humidity areas. Hope this helps!


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