If you’ve been around here for awhile then you know I’ve railed against boring blank white walls in rentals. I’ve complained about how rentals with white walls have no personality. I’ve suggested painting your walls even if you’re in a rental to make your place feel more like home. And then…
I painted my living room white. And actually, not just my living room but my kitchen too.
Let me explain.
When we moved into the Florida house a year and a half ago I had picked a very neutral paint color for the main living areas just to bring the house back from the fringe. I wanted to erase the unicorn purple walls so I ended up selecting a beautiful creamy color.
In photos, the color looks okay. It’s a warm off white that obviously has some yellow undertones. The color would probably be perfect in a home with lots of natural light.
That’s the key. Lots of natural light. One thing my living room does not have. Our living room is long and only has natural light coming in from the french doors on the far end of the room. Because of the lack of natural light, the paint color comes off very yellow (like butter – guys) most days. I couldn’t take it any longer.
I learned a very valuable lesson. Not all whites are created equal. Paint colors have different undertones and with different light they can pull different colors. I learned this the hard way when I painted my entire living room a shady of yellow-ish cream that I hated. When I told Matt that I wanted to paint again he thought I was nuts. I bought tons of samples and he still thought I was nuts. Then, I started painting and you could see a huge difference and then he got it.
The new white paint color is Ben Moore Chantilly Lace. It’s the perfect soft white that doesn’t look too stark or cold but it honestly completely warmed up our space. It makes the room look lighter and brighter.
In the paint can the colors look so similar, on the wall it’s a huge difference!
If I could share one paint color tip with you it would be to really consider you lighting situation. Where are your window? Do you get a lot of natural light or very little? What about artificial light? Are there lamps or a ceiling light and what color is that light putting off? Lastly, when you swatch paint colors be sure to do in several areas of your home. Close to the natural light and in the shadows.
So, that’s my PSA for the day – all neutrals are not created equal.