Walk­ing in a win­ter-white won­der­land

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

LAST month I touted the calm­ing ef­fects of a white-on-white colour pal­ette. Benjamin Moore has come up with a win­ter-whites colour pal­ette that will make choos­ing the right white for your home an easy process. As the tem­per­a­ture drops, and the snow lev­els rise, we are re­minded of one of the most popular colours for in­te­rior spa­ces: white. To meet this de­mand, Benjamin Moore of­fers more than 140 shades of white with its Of­fWhite col­lec­tion to suit even the most ex­act­ing of tastes. While white is one of the most ver­sa­tile shades avail­able to us, it can be sur­pris­ingly com­plex to choose the right white for your space. Sharon Grech, colour and de­sign ex­pert at Benjamin Moore, shares her tips on se­lect­ing that per­fect shade of white. Are you warm or cool? To nar­row down your op­tions, think about what items you want to com­ple­ment. Look around your room and de­ter­mine if your ex­ist­ing win­dow treat­ments, fur­ni­ture or ac­cent pieces have a warm (yel­low or pink) or cool (blue or pur­ple) un­der­tone. Warm un­der­tones pair best with creamier whites such as Deep in Thought AF-30 or Creamy White OC-7, while cool un­der­tones work well with Clas­sic Gray OC-23 and White Dove OC-17. Once you’ve cho­sen your type of white, turn your at­ten­tion to the un­der­tone of the in­di­vid­ual shades. To do this, layer one white paint chip on top of an­other. This will help to bring out the qual­i­ties of each colour un­til you find one that works. One may ap­pear greyed or an­other too bright, for ex­am­ple. White re­flects light Take your light­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion when se­lect­ing the right white for a room. Do you have large win­dows that will show­case trees and veg­e­ta­tion? If so, those out­door colours will likely re­flect onto your walls. To help coun­ter­act this a bit, try a white with a hint of pink, which is op­po­site to green on the colour wheel. Sea­pearl OC-19 is a nice op­tion that should neu­tral­ize the green­ing ef­fect. The same can be done if you have green car­pet­ing and/ or up­hol­stery. Con­sider your ar­chi­tec­ture For more tra­di­tional spa­ces, which may in­clude elab­o­rate mould­ing, built-in mill­work, fire­place sur­rounds and other trim, con­sider us­ing white to high­light those fea­tures and use a dif­fer­ent colour on the walls. This will en­hance the unique ar­chi­tec­ture and make a fire­place pop. If your space is more mod­ern or if you have art and photography on dis­play, Dis­tant Gray OC-68 is a crisp, con­tem­po­rary white that will com­ple­ment the an­gu­lar lines of the space and your col­lec­tion. Layer up Us­ing mul­ti­ple hues of white in one space with dif­fer­ent fin­ishes can cre­ate an el­e­gant and lay­ered look, mak­ing white any­thing but bor­ing! Try Benjamin Moore Ad­vance paint in high gloss on trim, mill­work and doors, off­set by a matte or eggshell fin­ish on the walls for a big im­pact in both ar­ti­fi­cial and nat­u­ral light. Use white wisely A white pal­ette can be very re­lax­ing and sooth­ing in a mas­ter bed­room but may not be a wise choice in a bustling fam­ily room, es­pe­cially when it comes to tex­tiles. White in a bath­room will keep ev­ery­thing feel­ing fresh and clean and pops of colour can be added through tow­els and ac­ces­sories when de­sired. White tiles in the bath­room and/or kitchen are a clas­sic choice that is time­less. White ac­ces­sories, like ce­ramic ware, lamps, vases, dish­ware and such are easy to in­clude to a white-on-white decor with­out too much up­keep, ver­sus say, white car­pet­ing and up­hol­stery. Win­ter is a vis­ually beau­ti­ful time of year. Try bring­ing that soft white pal­ette into your home to pro­vide a pris­tine, serene space. Use lay­er­ing tech­niques to keep the dé­cor feel­ing cosy and warm and add some tex­ture for vis­ual ap­peal. High­light in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­ture or add some if war­ranted. Panel mould­ing or ceil­ing medal­lions can work won­ders to give a white decor ad­di­tional vis­ual in­ter­est. A stunning white chan­de­lier in a bed­room or dining room can top off the look. (If you have a dated chan­de­lier con­sider paint­ing it in fresh white spray paint.) Up­date heavy, dark wooden fur­ni­ture with white paint to bring a sense of light­ness to your decor. Ad­di­tional tips for choos­ing the right shade and type of paint for your space are avail­able on­line at Ben­jam­in­Moore.ca, @Ben­jam­inMooreCA and face­book.com/ben­jam­in­moore­paints.

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Benjamin Moore’s Off-White col­lec­tion comes in more than 140 shades of white.

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