10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks
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Not all white paint shades are created equal. A number of factors come into play when deciding on the perfect white: the region (Northwest? East Coast? Los Angeles?), the quality of the natural light, the window placement, the size of the room and the height of the ceiling. We consulted a selection of architects from the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory for their go-to white paint picks. Above: The top choice for an all-purpose white is Benjamin Moore's White Dove (OC-17) . San Francisco-based Cary Bernstein calls low-VOC White Dove a "foolproof, livable shade of white." According to John DeForest of DeForest Architects in Seattle, "White Dove is clean and calm, a great backdrop for art." Celeste Robbins of Robbins Architecture in Winnetka, Illinois, is another proponent of Benjamin Moore's White Dove . Above: The go-to white paint for Brooklyn-based architect Clay Miller of Bergen Street Studio is Farrow & Ball's White Tie (No. 2002) —a warm. neutral white ("the white of old, pre-brightened, starched cotton," as the company says). Sample pots are available for $7.50 at Farrow & Ball. Above: Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects in San Antonio, Texas, says, "Our favorite is Pittsburgh 520-1 Gypsum . It has a tiny amount of gray and a warmth to it that moves it away from pure white. We primarily use eggshell finish on walls and prefer that they be sprayed for a smooth, hard finish." Above: Malibu-based architect Bruce Bolander uses Dunn Edwards White (DEW 380) . "It hits the gallery white pretty well, not too warm or too cool," he says (the white paint is available in Dunn Edwards' low-VOC paint line, Enso). Photo via Eco Building Pulse . Above: Brooklyn-based Delson or Sherman Architects favor Benjamin Moore's low- and no-VOC paints in either Super White (L, photo via House Beautiful ) or Decorators White (R). "Because color is so dependent on context, we always select colors based on the material palette and lighting in each room; the relative amount of gray or yellow is critical. We avoid pink-tinted whites." Above: For woodwork, molding, and cabinetry, Dana likes Farrow & Ball's All White (in an enamel oil-base high gloss). Sample pots are available for $7.50 at Farrow & Ball. Above: Hope Dana of Platt Dana Architects in New York favors a mix of half Benjamin Moore Linen White (R) and half Benjamin Moore Decorators White (L) for walls, which creates a "warm and consistent color whether it is in shade or sun." Above: Bay Area architect Ken Linsteadt's "patented favorite" is Benjamin Moore's White Chocolate (2149-70) . Above: A favorite white for Michielli+Wyetzner Architects in New York is Benjamin Moore Atrium White . "We like it because it has a warm, almost reddish tone, as opposed to most whites, which we find either too blue, too icy, or too yellow," Michael Wyetzner says. Above: Pulltab A+D prefers Fine Paints of Europe in Pantone Bright White (Fine Paints of Europe can specify any Pantone shade); the firm also likes Benjamin Moore's Snowfall White . For more white paint ideas and inspiration, see " 5 Quick Fixes: White Paint Solutions ." N.B.: This post is an update, the original story ran on April 20, 2011.