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The White Paint Dilemma

Because Choosing a Shade of White is Clearly Rocket Science

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the pinnacle of decision-making in your adult life: picking the perfect shade of white paint for your walls. I mean, who needs a stable economy, world peace, or a cure for the common cold when there are over a million shades of white to choose from? Clearly, your quest for the ideal shade is the most pressing issue of our time.


If you’re still lost and staring at your color samples like they hold the secrets to the universe, let me simplify things for you: just pick a flipping white already.

So, you’ve decided to hire a designer to rescue you from the abyss of indecision. Good move! Or maybe not, because despite their best efforts to guide you through the treacherous journey of picking a white, you still find yourself in a white paint limbo, where the choices are infinite, and your sanity is hanging by a thread.

Your designer, in a moment of exasperation, threw a few suggestions your way. Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore for that stark, “I’m-so-sterile-I-belong-in-a-hospital” white. Vanilla Milkshake, the color that’s creamy without being too creamy – because, of course, we must tread lightly in the treacherous land of creaminess. And let’s not forget Silver Satin, a white that’s apparently smooth and has warm grey undertones because, why settle for a basic white when you can have white with a hint of moodiness?

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Sherwin William’s Extra White is as stark as it gets, with a hint of blue hue. It’s like the polar ice caps of whites – cold and unyielding. Sherwin Williams Pure White is for trim because trim needs its own special snowflake white. Let’s be honest, I bet you didn’t even know there were different whites for trim? Simply White is creamy, but not too creamy. It’s the Goldilocks of whites, and it’s here to make your walls feel just right.

So, there you have it – a crash course in white paint, brought to you by a designer who’s probably contemplating a career change at this very moment. Just remember, the next time you find yourself drowning in a sea of whites, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and pick one. Because in the grand scheme of life, does the shade of your living room wall really matter that much? (Spoiler: It doesn’t.)


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What is Designer's Corner?


In this blog, tutorials, business advice, and shared experiences merge to guide the path for aspiring interior designers. The author, a seasoned interior designer with over two decades of experience in transforming spaces has encountered a myriad of clients, each with their unique quirks and peculiar requests. Here, the tutorials offer invaluable insights into the craft, while business advice extends a guiding hand to novices. Yet, it's the Designer's Corner where the past informs the present, and the future of design is shaped with every shared story. Embracing the industry's lighter facets, anecdotes are shared, and the occasional absurdity is met with laughter, fostering a community where designers find solace and wisdom in the collective journey. Whether you're a designer seeking affirmation, a client looking to hire, or navigating your own renovation project, this space can be a guide.