Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Finding The Right White Paint If You Have White Furniture

I have been asked a gazillion times what color is the white paint in my new home.  It is Swiss Coffee.   This is what the former owners painted the entire house when they put it up for sale.  I love the color, it has sort of a creamy undertone and works beautifully in my home.  Everything is painted this color, walls, ceilings and woodwork.  Whites are hard and even harder if you have white furniture.  Depending on the fabric on your furniture, white can be a real challenge.

I have a white sofa and chair in my living room.  The chair has a slight gray undertone, and the sofa has a beige undertone.  The sofa is one I've had for years and is a cut velvet.  It is a piece I would like to replace, but since this was a custom sofa with Down cushions and is the most comfortable thing in all the world, it probably isn't going to happen any time soon.  It is in perfect shape, so not at the top of my list.

The point I am trying to make is how fabric whites can look against paint color whites.  Swiss Coffee paint has just enough various undertones that both my chair and sofa look good.

That is not always the case.

In our last house I painted almost every room SW Reliable White.  It was just white enough to make every room light up, but not be stark.  It had a really soft creamy undertone to it and I loved it.   It looked amazing except with my living room sofa.  That brought me to the place where I had to rethink the color for my living room.

(This is the post I did back then to show the wrong color)

My sofa is a cut velvet pattern.  The velvet is white, but the back ground is an off white or pale beige.  Overall the sofa reads white until you put the wrong white with it.

Once the walls were painted Reliable White the sofa looked yellow or beige.  Reliable white does not have a gray tone, but next to my sofa it does, so this was totally the wrong color for this sofa wall.

I originally had the walls painted a soft camel color (Fioli Antique Lace), so I went back to the paint store and had them mix that same camel color a little lighter and painted just this one wall that the sofa was on.  See, now my sofa looks like it's true color - white

No one ever noticed that one wall painted a different color than the rest of the house.  

My current family room sofa has a slight creamy undertone and one side chair is light gray.  The Swiss Coffee paint color seems to play nice with both of them.

So when you are trying to pick the right paint color, be sure to check out how the light in the room affects your colors, but also pay close attention to your white furniture.  It can change your furniture color drastically.

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  1. I always like to read real life experience with white paints. It can be a hard one to choose even against color in wood and furniture! I think I purchased about a dozen different white qts of paint to sample before deciding on our bathroom redo. Yours is a great one with versatility!

  2. Good tips on white paint and picking just the right one. Been there many times. I love your sweet sofa and how pretty it is and if it is comfy then yes do not change it. That fabric and style is never out of style. Happy New Week Marty.

  3. Is the Swiss Coffee also SW brand or another brand. I really like it

    1. I think it was originally by Binjamine Moore, but mine came from Home Depot. I think every company will make it. Thanks, I really like it too.

  4. thank you for putting up great content!

  5. تغليف وتعبئة الأثاث تعتبر تلك الخطوة من اكثر الخطوات التي تعتمد عليها المؤسسة في أسلوب تغليف الأثاث وتعبئته بأساليب جيدة وسليمة حتى نحميه من الكسر او الخدش او الأتربة آلتي من المحتمل آن تصيبه خلال عمليه النقل، وخصوصا القطع الحساسة والثمينة القابلة للكسر، وهذا بواسطة استعمال معدات ومعدات خاصة لحمايته وضمان وصول الأثاث بكل امان ألي موضعه الحديث، مثل قطع من القماش مع الفلين أو النايلون لتغليف قطع محددة كالأدوات الكهربائية ، فقاعات البلاستيك لتغليف قطع اخري كأدوات المطبخ و الصيني والأواني و القطع الزجاجية.
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  6. Lovely custom sofa. I would keep it forever and upholster it when it needed to be done. I can really see what you mean about the wrong white against the sofa. Have a great week, Kippi

  7. I like Swiss Coffee, too! It is in my bathroom and I can see how it would work well anywhere!

  8. White denotes peace. White gives an appearance of calm, soothing and tranquil look to the surroundings. Moreover white furniture gels well with the other entire decor usually found in a room.