The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.

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 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

 

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Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

Cloud white

Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)

 

 

 

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Recent Work

Here are some examples of recent work. There may seem to be a common thread as the gray and gray/blue palette has been in such demand.

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Paint colours:

OC-51 Intense White, OC-52 Grey Owl

HC-169 Coventry Gray & HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Cabinet colours: CC-30 Oxford White & OC-65 Chantilly Lace

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Blue Christmas

No one is fonder of a cream, silver and gold-decorated Christmas living room, than I, but sometimes it can be good to change the traditional up a bit and challenge the eye. I have worked with other non-traditional colour palates previous years, in decorating my own space for the holidays. I change things up a little from year to year for my own sake. Some years my eye craves something out of my usual comfort zone, as winter and the darker days settle in.

Not at all intentional, but I seem to have a selection of blue Christmas vignettes  to show this year.

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Benjamin Moore Smoke 2122-40, one of the best pale blues I have found for north-facing rooms.

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Benjamin Moore Overcoat CC-544 – can appear more grey than blue sometimes but the pink accessories in this vignette at The Cross Design really bring out the blue here

This window display has Benjamin Moore Flint Af-560 on the back wall. The pops of orange emphasize the blue.IMG_2128

Tables in a new Benjamin Moore product Vintage Chalk paint. More about that at a later date. Colour CC-40


Owls

I cannot go any further into late autumn without mentioning ornamental owls and accessories. They were everywhere last winter, and was advised on at least one occasion that “owls are very in this year”. Well they are still around for this winter.

Below are a sampling of owls, including one of the most popular light gray paint colours at the moment.

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Owl cushion – Urban Barn

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Ornament/Accessory – Urban Barn

Then we have Parliament Interiors, located in Gastown, Vancouver. Not only are they quite partial to stocking a few owl-centric items, they have the real birds in at least once a year for a visit from O.W.L.

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Accessories – Parliament Interiors