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.

 

Chantily Lace

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.)

 

 

 

First to Show – the start of the Roses

Rosa pimpinellifolia  aka. the Burnet rose.

One of the first roses to come out each year and what a ray of sunshine these blooms create when they appear.

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Such a delicate looking rose bloom but don’t be fooled. This is not a rose for the faint-hearted. R. piminellifola is very thorny and suckers wildly. A firm hand is required to keep her where you want her to be.

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Planted in part shade in sandy, rocky soil, this rose thrives. Would be very suitable for a wild garden. or a sandy location near the ocean. This is a once bloomer so after a month of bloom, I just whack her back and ignore her till the following year.

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