Now that white is the hottest thing smoking, I'm receiving lots of questions from readers who are worried about choosing the wrong white.
So here are four ways to know in advance when your white will look dirty:
1. You have a dark room.
Walk into any dark room and look up at the white ceiling. See how dingy and dirty it looks? The same thing will happen if you paint a dark room white.
2. Instead of choosing the right white for your woodwork, you take the wall colour and go a few shades lighter.
This is a common mistake and one I made in the very beginning of my design career. The reason why trim colours are basically WHITE is for this very reason. You need contrast. A few shades lighter just equals dirty looking trim.
3. You have a room decorated in crisp greys, blacks, clean colours and whites and your woodwork is still cream.
A client once asked if she could install a large white and turquoise sectional in her living room. All her woodwork and the mantle around her fireplace was painted cream and she had no plans to change it given it was the colour of her kitchen cabinets as well. I told her it would look like she had just moved in and had not painted yet.
4. Your room is white but there is no white furniture anywhere in sight.
White walls are the same as white carpet. Not neutral at all and you need to treat them like you've just painted your walls red. How odd would it look if your walls were red but there was nothing red repeated in the room?
Where does white look dirty in your house?
White is a Snob
Can you have White Kitchen Cabinets in a Dark Room?
Is White Worth the Extra Maintenance? Yay or Nay
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