If you’ve been following along lately, than you know this month I’ve been all about simplifying our home, and refreshing our living room. Well right around Christmas I decided I was brave enough to give this whole “white paint” thing a whirl. I did my research, read plenty of reviews and posts done by other designers and bloggers. Whenever I get ready to repaint a room, the first thing I do is head straight to pinterest and search the paint color I’m thinking of going with.
It helps so much to see the color finished in rooms to give you a good idea of how your project will look when it’s all done. I scan for comments so I have a good idea of how cool or warm a certain color will look. Then I read some articles on comparing different shades of paint. I dare you to go on Pinterest and search “White Paint Colors”. The result is post after post comparing every kind of white paint out there. From cool shades to warm tones, to creamy whites, to designers top picks, to tried and true. I read them all! And after doing my research I narrowed it down to 4 white paint colors. That’s when you saw this image I shared on Instagram.
When I don’t know exactly which color to go for, I go for something a bit larger. At Benjamin Moore stores you can buy these paint swatch squares, which are much larger then the normal paint swatch strip, for $1 each. I narrowed my search down to Lacey Pearl, White Heron, Simply White, and White Dove (not pictured in that order). After seeing it here up against our Benjamin Moore Halo, there were two that clearly stuck out – White Heron & Simply White. Simply White happens to be Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color choice, so I was slightly leaning towards that one, and then after comparing the two, Simply White came across warmer, which was what I was leaning towards, so our living room wood feel warmer and less stark. The next morning I headed to the paint store to with my paint swatch in hand.
Of course, as I’m getting ready to head out the door I happen to notice on my little paint swatch strip that the color directly above simply white, stands out a tiny bit brighter in our living room. One of the main reasons I test out the paint colors first, is the lighting in your home can greatly impact your paint color.
On the paint swatch you can barely tell the difference between the two colors, but in person the snowfall white shows up a bit brighter. So not wanting to go back and forth to the store, I made the executive decision of getting a gallon of each, and that was that. I painted simply white first, because it was my first choice, so I decided to give it a chance. However by that evening the shadows cast a very strong green tint on the walls. I had no idea what it was coming from.
At first glance it’s not super noticeable, and of course things do show up slightly brighter in pictures, but as you look closer, especially in the areas where there are shadows, like the corners of the room, you start to see that green tint.
Again, I know in pictures it’s hard to see, but if you compare the wall color to our trim color, or look behind the table lamp, you get a better idea of when it looks like in person.
I decided to try some of the snowfall white out, thank goodness I picked up that second gallon, right?!? Wrong! While it did show up a bit brighter when the paint was wet, and less green. Once it dried, it just morphed into the other color. So tired from painting I decided to give it two days and see if the paint color grew on me, or looked better during the day. During that time, my husband unknowing of my paint dilemma asked “Why did you decide to paint the living room green?” He was completely clueless about all of my thoughts towards this white paint that casts a green tint in our living room, I laughed and said “Thank You!”. Now he was even more confused, but I told him how for the last two days I was trying to figure out if I was just being picky, or going crazy, because this paint that is supposed to be white, feels green to me!
He smiled and said “Well I’m glad I could put you out of your misery”. Sometimes just having that second opinion is all the convincing you need. So you can bet the next day the first thing I did was head to the paint store and buy my third gallon of white paint. I went back to the white heron. After having a friend over one evening for some girl time, she totally agreed, that especially at night our white looked green, and I showed her what I was thinking, and she agreed. I tested a small area next to our trim, and I know seeing something online is completely different then in person, but you can somewhat see the difference already.
So for everyone who has ever painted a room, and you haven’t been thrilled with the outcome. We have all been there. Will this be the last time this happens, probably not. This isn’t the first time I have repainted over a freshly painted room because that undertone wasn’t something I could live with, or the paint cast a weird tint that just was not worth settling for. Sure I probably could have lived with the color, but in the back of my head it would of gnawed at me every time I walked in that room. Is that worth it then for me to repaint it, absolutely! I think sometimes we get this mind set that we can paint a room we just painted, similar to this theory men have about how you can’t paint perfectly good wood. If it makes you happy, and you will enjoy the space that much more, by all means paint away! I’d love to hear any stories some of you have about repainting a room after you just painted it, or any other painting woes you may have gone through 🙂
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